Alabama,  Keeping it Local

Jesse’s Restaurant-Magnolia Springs, Alabama

Recently, we were keeping it local again in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. And one of the things that I genuinely love about keeping it local is writing about our experiences with local people and places. Learning new things is essential to me, and I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. The history of our wonderful state is part of what I like to share, and there is a lot of history surrounding us. Just talk to some local people and dive a little deeper into it right where you are. This time, we were visiting Jesse’s Restaurant located in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. The restaurant was originally opened by Charles and Janie Houser, who purchased the building in 1998 and soon opened Jesse’s Restaurant in 1999, bringing back a vital piece of Magnolia Springs. The restaurant is considered a staple in the Magnolia Springs community, and the building has been a Magnolia Springs tradition for over 75 years, originally opening as Moore Bros Store in 1922. Back then, the location was a General Store and the center of local activity. During that time, a person named Jesse King worked at the counter.

According to locals, the building is haunted to this day by King, who never missed a day of work in sixty years. But no worries, we have been there many times, and there were no mysterious noises noted, and no apparitions were found. It’s just a unique place named after a beloved shopkeeper. Steve and Angie Coltharp are the current owners of Jesse’s and opened it with the intention of being the most talked about steakhouse on the Gulf Coast. With Chef Laurence Agnew at their side and with his innovative creations and meticulous pallet, they have come up with some awe-inspiring cuisines. They pride themselves in serving unique cuts of dry and wet-aged steaks, bone-in cuts, and fresh fish brought in daily. If it is nice, sit outside on the patio and marvel at the site of the hundred years of Old Trees that drape the streets. Or venture inside if it’s hot. The building itself is on the National Register of Historic Places. See what our crew ordered below. The Banana Bread Pudding with pecan praline is to die for. It is topped with powdered sugar and a scoop of ice cream. We visited Jesses’s, located at 14770 Oak St. in Magnolia Springs, AL.

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  • Love Jesse’s. Purchased items on the grocery side when it was open. They used to offer plate lunches at the deli in the store. I believe this store was incorporated in FannieFlagg’s REDBIRD CHRISTMAS which is set in Magnolia Springs.

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