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.