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About Magnolia 23

Magnolia 23 is a family owned restaurant, specializing in authentic southern cuisine, in the heart of North Carolina. In operation since 2009, Magnolia 23 has attracted locals and tourists from afar and has gained statewide and national honors for their southern specials, most notably the fried chicken.


We stick to family recipes passed down from several generations and offer traditional southern classics from fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, chicken and dumplings, catfish, pintos, cornbread and so much more.

We believe that every day at Magnolia should feel like Sunday afternoon supper at Grandma's!

Magnolia 23 has been owned and operated by the Simmons family for over 10 years.

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Meet The Family 


Don & Doris

Don and Doris are natives of Richmond County, NC.  They attended primary and secondary school together. Their mothers were good friends.  After high school the two moved to Asheboro, NC.  Don's passion for cooking was inspired by his mother, Bert Simmons.  After his retirement from Energizer in 2009, he began catering for small groups and eventually opened up a catering hall.  Later in that year, he was offered the opportunity to open up his own restaurant.  Magnolia 23 opened in 2009 and since then he has served delicious and hearty southern home cook meals to thousands of people.  Along with the support of Doris, Don continues to find ways to perfect his craft and love for cooking.


Brittany and Crystal

Crystal and Brittany are the daughters of Don and Doris.  Crystal is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University.  She is currently an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo.  Brittany is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.  She is a Physician Assistant who works in Greensboro, NC.

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