Open for almost a year, Magnolia is a great local pub in Pasadena, tucked away in what used to be a floral shop, says The Oracle. It’s unrelated to the Magnolia in Hollywood. The place seems to be going for 30-something hipster appeal, but in reality all types and ages hang out there–it’s a very relaxed vibe.
And although the food didn’t stand out much initially, they’ve apparently worked out the kinks. The menu is creative, in the comfort food vein, but…atypical. How often do you see PB&J on brioche? Gruyere macaroni and cheese is a huge crock of yummy goodness with a breadcrumb crust. Cornflake-crusted chicken tenders are really good, with a sweet dipping sauce.
Happy hour, from 5 to 7 p.m., means $5 well martinis and half off their food menu. There are also lots of interesting wines by the glass, half bottle, and bottle.
The space is well designed, with modern touches throughout–the indoor seating area has plush red velvet wallpaper and dim lighting; outdoors, there are more seats, an oak tree and a bar. It’s still not a huge place, though, and can get pretty crowded at happy hour–after all, that’s when two martinis and three filling appetizers are about $30.