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Lemonade, Venice Beach

October 3, 2009

Lemonade has been on my list of restaurants to try in Los Angeles. Besides having a really cute name, the menu looked absolutely divine. I loved how fresh everything sounded and knew this was right up my alley. B and I have different reasons for wanting to try out this kitchy place. For me, I wanted to try it because it’s been featured on The Hills many times in their West Hollywood location. Brennan just wanted to come here for their lemonade selection. Oh yeah, he has a thing for lemonade. It’s not just a thing, but more of a “hobby”. He has been on a quest for the past couple of years to try every different types of lemonade possible, you name it, he’s probably tried it. I think some of the more interesting flavors have been red ginger lemonade, blueberry limeaid, cucumber mint lemonade and pineapple lemonade. There’s probably over 20 different varieties of lemonades he has complied in a list (25 to be exact). There are definitely some hits and misses, but you can’t really go wrong with any flavor or lemonade. His lemonade obsession also includes all the different kinds of limeaids. In a way, he has sucked me into this quest of his to find various sorts of lemonades for him far and wide. Every time I go to a specialty grocery store, the first place I always check is their refrigerated drinks section, usually I can find some interesting flavors. So I knew when I heard of this place called Lemonade, that they must have some flavors he has never tried before. If there’s one place to find unique lemonade, it’s probably L.A. Well, this place changes up their lemonade flavors daily I believe and they also offer a sugar-free version. This time we went for the peach ginger lemonade and watermelon rosemary. Very refreshing and paired perfectly with all their fresh items on the menu.

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This place reminds me of a very upscale cafeteria. It’s an assembly line of various cold dishes that you can order and they pile it onto a plate for you. Everything looked amazing and the guy even let me try a couple of them before I made up my mind.

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They also had a couple pots of pot roast cooking right in front of you, ranging from chicken, lamb and beef brisket.

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Today’s lemonade flavors were: old fashion, ginger peach, watermelon rosemary, blueberry mint, and cucumber.

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Freshly squeezed lemonade ready to order!

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Peach Ginger on the right and Watermelon rosemary on the left. I was a little hesitant to get the peach ginger because I’m not a huge fan of ginger and some ginger lemonades I’ve tried had a really strong taste, but this one kind of tasted like a regular lemonade to me. I didn’t get much of a peach flavor and a very subtle ginger flavor. Still delicious though. I loved the watermelon one, partially because watermelon is my favorite fruit, but it was perfectly sweet and so refreshing.

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I ordered 2 sides, which really means it comes with 4 different sides. I don’t know how that works, but I was going to get 3 sides, but the guy looked at me and said that would mean 6 different side items and he didn’t think I could eat that much. Hm..he would be surprised, but I listened to him and ordered 2 sides from their marketplace with a side of protein.

Going clockwise from the far right is  Broccolini, Mozzarella, Piquillo Pepper, Anchovy Vinaigrette. Then the Israeli Couscous, Wild Mushrooms, Parmesan, Truffle Vinaigrette. For protein I ordered Citrus Poached Salmon Fillet which was a delicious light salmon salad. Then the Chicken Breast, Butternut Squash, Grapes, Oregano Vinaigrette which was like a chicken salad. And the top one is Green Tomato, Sweet Corn, Pepitas, Ancho Chili Vinaigrette

I think my favorite is the salmon and chicken salad. I loved all the fresh flavors and how everything is served cold, it would be a perfect spot for a lunch date. It kind of reminded me of a whole foods salad bar, but with a lot more interesting flavors and dishes. I definitely want to come back to try the many more marketplace sides they offer. Did I mention all this food was around $12?? The salad I get at Whole Foods is more expensive than this. The cost alone is enough to come back to this place!

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Of course B had to get the most manliest item on the menu: BBQ Brisket Pot Roast and a side of Orecchiette Pasta, Roasted Chicken, Chimichurri. I can’t say I didn’t steal a couple bites of the brisket from him. It was so flavorful and one of the best pot roasts I’ve ever had. The meat was tender, juicy and falling off the bone from simmering in the slow cooker. B asked if I could make this for him at home, and I said I would need a slow cooker, which he said he’ll get one for me for my birthday. Lol, how thoughtful.

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Overall, great place! I will definitely be back to try more of their market sides and different varieties of pot roast, and of course, all the different lemonades!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brennan permalink
    October 4, 2009 1:07 am

    Thanks for appeasing my “hobby.” After trying 25 lemonades, I’d have to say the watermelon rosemary lemonade was among the very best.

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