Pink Magnolia is Blythe Beck’s baby.
She’s been a celebrity chef and a reality TV star. She’s the only chef to serve two three-month terms at the helm of Kitchen LTO.
But Pink Magnolia is the first restaurant of which she is part owner, with Kitchen LTO owner and mastermind Casie Caldwell.
“It’s way more fun to play with other people’s money,” Beck says of being an owner versus executive chef.
As an owner, she’s having plenty of fun, though.
She and Caldwell renovated the space, formerly Driftwood, to create an open kitchen and a more inviting floor plan.
Then she put all her favorites on the menu: Chicken-fried ribeye, bacon cheddar meatloaf, Texas ruby red trout with jumbo lump crabmeat, and tarragon lemon roasted chicken among them.
There’s also smoked-brisket nachos, deviled eggs, chicken-fried oysters, pimento macaroni and cheese and even veggie fajitas.
Whenever she can, Beck has a party. Celebration is a big part of the Pink Magnolia universe. She celebrates her baby’s milestones like a new mom with those monthly stickers.
“You put some music in the parking lot, and this place goes nuts,” she says.
Oak Cliff is not just a business investment for Beck, she also bought a house here, in Oak Park Estates, even though she lives at work.
“It’s really an extension of our home,” she says.
642 W Davis
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4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
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Instead of happy hour, there’s a “sip and see” for Beck’s baby from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every day.