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Help me find a restaurant that meets this (random) criteria

This is for a friend's birthday lunch.

First and foremost, the restaurant MUST have strawberry lemonade. The kind with made with actual strawberries slices in the drink, not the kind only made with syrup. My friend (who moved here from France a few years ago) just recently had strawberry lemonade for the first time in her life at some random restaurant out of state and is OBSESSED with it... Finding a restaurant that serves this type of lemonade would be a present to her in of itself.

Not too pricey - maybe around $15 an entree. Again, this is for a birthday lunch, so a place that has a reasonably nice atmoshpere would be great.

The restaurant must be within reasonable driving distance from Boyle Heights - e.g. Pasadena, Alhambra, downtown LA, Silver Lake, etc.

Any suggestions?

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  1. There's a place on Beverly called Lemonade. I haven't been, but a friend of mine loves it. They do a few different kinds of fresh lemonade (along with gourmet salads and sandwiches), you might call and see if they offer one in that style. http://www.lemonadela.com

    Something else you might look into. There's a delicious drink called Ensalada that I've had at various El Salvadorian places. Ensalada is generally pineapple juice (I think), with bits of all kinds of fruit floating in it, not exactly what you're looking for, but maybe something along the same line would be equally impressive. The last place I had a good one, was at Jaragua (also on Beverly, near Ktown). That said, the food there is not nearly as good as Atlacatl (just down the street), but I I've never had the Ensalada at Atlacatl -- although, I'd think it's safe to say that if they have it, it will be great.

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    Atlacatl
    301 N Berendo St, Los Angeles, CA 90004

    Jaragua Restaurant
    4493 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

    Lemonade On Beverly
    9001 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

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    1. re: debra

      i was also going to suggest Lemonade Cafe...and they have a downtown location (515 S. Flower Street) which would satisfy the geographic requirement. info is on the web site in the link provided by debra.

      1. re: debra

        Lenonade has some great lemonade...hahah! It's really fresh though.

      2. I think that the cheescake factory has strawberry lemonade as well.

        1. homegirl cafe has amazing spinach + mint + lemonade. seriously it's really really good. and the food is under $15/entree. and i think it's definitely in the area you're looking for. go!

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          1. re: ceviche

            If I'm not mistaken, the Blue Dahlia downtown serves a fresh strawberry lemonade that you can see from the counter, and their entrees are rather cheap.

          2. Ciudad (Downtown LA) also serves a strawberry lemondade.

            1. You may want to check with Auntie Em's kitchen. I've heard they've done this.