On January 12, the club undertook a drive-to-lunch with the Magnolia Street Seafood & Grill in Arcadia, Florida as the destination. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the former, and long vacant, Plaza Hotel. The Plaza once offered first class accommodations in a bustling and rapidly growing Arcadia during the 1920’s Florida land boom. In bright contrast to its current rather downtrodden surroundings, this restaurant has been described in “EAT’s Magazine” as a “Gem of the South.” In addition, it has been designated a “Best Bet” in the 2018 edition of the BF Goodrich Travel Guide to “Best Seafood Restaurants in the Southeast More Than Twenty-Five Miles Inland.”
We had an excellent turnout of ten cars and 18 members for the beautiful drive and a great meal at the restaurant. And, the weather was pleasant all day for our travel over the back roads into the heart of rural Florida and return.