According to a Cherokee Tribune article, Ms. Thomas was born in Canton in 1890. She moved to Woodstock at a young age to a house on what is now Arnold Mill Road.
“Miss Magnolia,” as her students knew her, was a graduate of Spelman College. She was a beloved school teacher for African-American students during segregation, when black students were taught in separate schools from the white children in the city.
The house, where she lived from about 1915 until her death in the 1980s at the age of 98, was later bought by the city government, but a devastating fire burned down the historic Magnolia Thomas house and restaurant in 2008. Thankfully, it was rebuilt in 2009. I think Ms. Thomas would be happy with the finished product.
I have had the pleasure of being in both the old and new restaurants. Maybe just seeing the word “Historic” in the name made my brunch experience better, but I liked that I was eating in a place with some history. Brunch, which lasts from 10:30 AM until 3 PM, was delicious.
The buffet has a meat carving station with ham, turkey, and pork, plus all of the usual breakfast meats like bacon and sausage too. Cheese grits, shrimp and grits, and the popular tomato basil soup are offered almost every day. They also have a fish of the day and chicken as well. You will not leave hungry! A sample of sweet breads and fruit accompanies the meal. One above-and-beyond treat was getting the complimentary mimosa after 12:30.
Yummy desserts are included — bread pudding, peach cobbler and a decadent chocolate mousse were the desserts of the day. I have a thing for bread pudding, and this one was mmm mmm good!
It’s $16 for an adult and $8 for a child, and you are not only offered a delicious and abundant buffet, but you can also order items from the kitchen like an omelet or a waffle.
The Magnolia Restaurant offers dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Almost every Scooper raves about their fried Magnolia Chicken, but their menu is diverse. They also have a good selection of both fine wines and craft beers.
They also cater! If you are looking to plan a large business meeting or a special occasion, check out the Woodstock Community Center next door and use their preferred caterer, Crave Catering by Magnolia Thomas. Click here for more information.
That’s the Scoop about a the historic Magnolia Thomas restaurant!
Magnolia House is located at:
108 Arnold Mill Rd Woodstock, GA 30188