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