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Aug 15, 2009 03:20 PM

Lemonade and then some

It could be argued that our first experience dining out is the school cafeteria and I certainly remember a couple of wonderful Thanksgiving dinners with the family at the old Clifton’s Cafeteria in Century City. Such are the joys to be found at the newly opened Lemonade in Venice at the corner of Venice Blvd. and Abbott Kinney. From the pristine open food hall look, to the welcoming staff eager to sample you on everything from Turkey pot roast with dried cranberries to watermelon rosemary lemonade this is one of the happiest happening dining experiences in recent memory.

We tried Lemonade out earlier today only on their second day. They’re open from 11:30am to 8:30pm seven days a week. By the time we left there wasn’t an empty table to be had and why not. An attractive and creative salad line leads to a smaller sandwich and protein section to a pot roast area, then dessert, then lemonade where you pay, find a table and enjoy your meal. The pricing couldn’t be friendlier with salads at $4, pieces of buttermilk fried chicken or seared ahi for $5, pot roasts for $9 and desserts for a buck to $5. You can save a buck or two by combining certain items. Six different flavored lemonades are priced at $2.75 each. I loved the cantaloupe and finished with the traditional lemonade also satisfying.

For $27 we shared the traditional beef pot roast with great flavor of onion, carrots, etc. served with rice; roasted Brussels sprouts , parmesan cheese and Balsamic; avocado, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts in a lime vinaigrette; green corn, corn, pepitas in an ancho chili vinaigrette. Portions are generous and we left full especially after the excellent lemon meringue pie for $4. As we left we spied chef Alan Jackson on the line and realized that this must be, in part, his creation. Junior high never had it so good.

1661 Abbot Kinney
Venice, CA 90291

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  1. I saw that they finally opened yesterday. The welcome Lemonade received from eaters around the area was quite grand - I tried a few times hoping that I'd be able to catch a bite there in between rushes of customers - I had no luck - it was a constant stream. I did scan the counters and the food did look very good. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food and drink.

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      1. I've been a HUGE fan of the Beverly location since it opened-I find the price reasonable, the food delicious, and the service very friendly. The brussel sprouts are a favorite, as are the avacado and cherry tomato salad. I love their breadsticks. I usually do to go, for lunch I grab a breadstick and a combonation of salads (FYI, they let you split salads at no extra charge, meaning instead of one helping of brussel sprouts, you can do 1/2 brussel sprouts, 1/2 cauliflower, etc). I've yet to try their paninis, but for dinner I LOVE the Chicken Basque (chicken stew with artichokes and olives, in a light tomato broth over rice). I like to take it home, cover it with crumbled feta, nuke it for a minute or two, and enjoy! No, I don't work there, just really like the place :) Oh, and the cream cheese brownies are really yummy.

          1. re: Phurstluv

            Some say not that big...Personally, I find the portions to be fine...The salads, maybe a cup, and the stews are really large...I've never been able to finish one, even on my couch in my sweatpants..

            1. re: schrutefarms

              I went tonight and had the Red-Miso Short Rib Sandwich and a red velvet cup cake ( the cup cake was only a dollar) It was great. That's one large sandwich. My only problem is please get real silverware instead of plastic. Have you ever tried cutting a large and thick sandwich with a plastic knife?

              1. re: wienermobile

                Hmmm. I always get it to go, so I've never run into that problem. That's annoying, though. Maybe they can cut it for you next time? How was their cream cheese frosting?

          2. Is the Venice store related to the place of the same name under the Arco Towers at 5th and Flower, downtown?

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            1. re: ozhead

              I think I read that it was on eater la.

              1. re: ozhead

                Yes, it definitely is under the City National Bank towers at 5th & Flower, downtown. Alan also has the taco truck in that area as well.
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