Monday, March 14, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #241: Lemonade

Restaurant: Lemonade

Location: 9001 Beverly Blvd. (West Hollywood)

Type of restaurant: Cafeteria-style lunch

We stipulated: My friend/colleague Joe had been raving about Lemonade for some time. He was in town, so I tagged along to finally check it out.

They stipulated:
"The modern twist on a nostalgic concept is part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria - come lunchtime, you'll grab a tray and slide it down the counter to examine your options. Unlike those early years, though, you'll actually want to build a meal from what you see under the glass - you might find a Grilled Cheese with Ham and Quince on Pumpernickel, which could work with a Snap Pea and Edamame Salad and a Lemon Meringue Pie. With numerous vegetable options, salads, braises and stews, there is no shortage of options to choose from."

What we ordered: I split my order, allowing for smaller portions of a wide variety of salads: Watermelon/radish/ahi tuna/snap peas/sesame; Chicken/butternut squash/grapes/oregano; Chicken/jicama/tarragon/green goddess; Lobster/soba noodle/Lebanese couscous/sesame; Forbidden rice/hearts of palm/mushroom/green chili; Couscous/mushrooms/parmesan lemon truffle.

High point: The sheer variety of unique, tasty salads. And the flavored lemonades aren't bad either.

Low point: If you're not careful, Lemonade can get pricy. Make sure you split your salads and don't go overboard.

Overall impression: Pretty unique concept, and I love the simplicity of the cafeteria format. And with offerings constantly changing, there's always something new and interesting with Lemonade's salads and entrees. But again, it can get pricy if you're not careful, so it's not a spot you can frequent.

Chance we'll go back: I'm probably overdue another trip.

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