Magnolia House Dinner-for-Two

Feb 14, 2016
Photo: Magnolia House

Photo: Magnolia House

The 2009 print edition of Hometown Pasadena (Prospect Park Books) describes Magnolia House (previously Magnolia Lounge) in these terms…

The red flocked wallpaper, crystal light fixtures and low velvet couches pay tribute to the speakeasy (Pasadena’s first) that purportedly thrived here during Prohibition. In this more licentious age, patrons freely enter the candlelit walkway that leads from the South Lake storefronts to the hidden world behind.

Nowadays, Magnolia House is modern and airy with a splash of deco alongside old world dark wood charm.




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Magnolia’s menu offers “shareable bites” such as truffle pistachios, winter squash hummus, and Thai marinated olives—made with horseradish, roasted red pepper, cotija, and ancho tomato salsa). Or how about some Belgian fries, oysters, or Brussels sprouts with cilantro pistachio pesto, smoked bacon, crispy egg, and Pecorino cheese?


All Magnolia House photos sourced from its Facebook page

Photo by Magnolia House


Entrées include skirt steak with chimichurri (one of our favorites), king crab mac and cheese, roasted bone marrow, bucatini bolognese with braised oxtail, and Moroccan lamb meatballs. Round out the evening with Magnolia’s loukoumades—a Greek doughnut hole that’s soaked in honey with cinnamon, pistachios, and vanilla bean semifreddo (half frozen; falling between mousse and ice cream).


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Roasted bone marrow; photo by Magnolia House


Magnolia House, 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Phone: 626.584.1126.


Photo: Magnolia House

Photo by Magnolia House


Teaming up with another popular local spot, High Low Vintage, Magnolia House will provide a dinner-for-two to one lucky winner.

Through February 29th, High Low Vintage welcomes readers to send an email to stating the desire for a dinner-for-two at Magnolia House, which includes three food dishes and one round of drinks. (More may be ordered, at customer expense.)

No purchase necessary to enter contest. All entries must be received by midnight PST on Monday, February 29.

A winner will randomly be chosen by HLV and announced March 9th to March 10th. Winner’s name will be posted on HLV Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Winner will also receive an email from HLV to alert them of the win. Winner must be over 21 years of age.

Find details at



High Low Vintage; courtesy photo


Carolyn Gray’s High Low Vintage shop is located on Green Street along “Green Street Village.”

Hometown Pasadena featured the store after it opened in spring 2012:

Something’s up on Green Street.

High Low Vintage has just opened with “an eye towards Mid-Century Modern, Industrial Age, and Post Modern clothes, antiques, and collectibles.” They carry movie posters from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, and also have art and furniture from the 18th & 19th centuries. Proprietor Carolyn Gray says, “Yes, we’re eclectic!”

Their collection includes pristine condition sheer blouses in aqua, green, pinks, and white. They have bed jackets (ah, memories of Grandma), slips, bright summer dresses, party dresses, beaded sweaters, and an assortment of vintage cuff links and tie clasps.


High Low Vintage; courtesy photo

High Low Vintage; courtesy photo


The shop is colorful and busy, with more than enough to grab your attention and make your feet walk towards. If you’re into vintage, this new addition to Pasadena is worth a your time. And take your time—let these historical remnants of bygone eras sweep you away.

High Low Vintage, 1031 E. Green St., Pasadena 91106. Phone: 1.626. 356.0402.

Since our review above, High Low Vintage has flourished and garnered a reputation for stocking a varied and pristine collection. Prices can range from $55 for a 1960s navy blue green jersey floral print maxi dress or a $65 white, long “full sweep slip lace” nightgown from the 1940s to $110 for a 1980s Mr. Mort ivory crochet knit maxi dress by designer Stan Herman and a $380 black silk cocktail dress from the 1980s by Oscar de la Renta.


Courtesy photo: High Low Vintage

High Low Vintage; courtesy photo


Photo source: Magnolia House

Photo by Magnolia House

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