Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lemonade, Los Angeles


Lemonade Los Angeles

Lemonade is so wonderfully "LA." Innovative, quirky, fresh and hip. Styled as a modern lemonade stand crossed with a school cafeteria, Lemonade is unlike any restaurant I've been to. Months ago a friend of mine told me about this place and insisted that we must have lunch there at some point. A few days ago we got our chance after a business meeting. Located on the corner of Beverly and Almond (they have several other locations as well), Lemonade is down the street from the CBS studios and sits right smack in the middle of one of the best parts of Los Angeles. But what about the food? Does it live up to the modern design and trendy surroundings?

In a word... Yes. Absolutely! Its hard to explain just what you'll find at Lemonade as the food is done in a style I've never seen before. The most basic way to order up some food at Lemonade is to pick a portion size and pick the parts of your meal you want to get your grub on with. You can pick a portion size of 1, 2 or 3. Each portion can also be split into halves so if you ordered a 3 portion meal, you could have 6 different items!

Food is presented behind glass like a deli and the helpful staff prepare your plates. I chose from the chilled and very refreshing side of the case (they have warm dishes too) and got the Drunk Chicken with Soba noodles, cherry tomatoes and avocado, and carrots. The best way to describe how these scoops work is to actually call them small salads. That's the best way I can figure to explain them but I'm sure Lemonade staff members could explain it better. In my picture you can see how my meal looked in a to-go container. Finishing out the meal is a good assortment of flavored lemonades but I chose the "Old fashioned" lemonade and I can honestly say it was THE BEST lemonade I have ever had. It was extremely good.

If you drop by at lunch time the parking might be tight. Be careful if you park in the neighborhood around the restaurant as there are parking restrictions but there are some parking meters on Beverly that are cheap and usually open. This place is really popular but worth the wait if there is a small line. Once you have your meal take a seat outside underneath the bright and cheery yellow umbrellas and enjoy one of LA's most unique places to eat.

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