Lemonade – A new school approach to the old school cafeteria style eatery



Lemonade is a restaurant that was created by Chef Alan Jackson who has helped redefine the fast casual dining segment in Southern California. Chef Alan left the fine-dining scene to open the first Lemonade in West Hollywood; it was so successful that he and partner, Ian Olsen (COO), and team have since opened thirteen additional Lemonade locations in the greater across the greater Los Angeles area. The newest location being in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island.


Upon entering the restaurant Melodi and I noticed how clean everything looked. The interior was fresh, modern and inviting. The smell was wonderful and I could see that it was cafeteria style where I would get a tray and go on down the line to choose what I wanted.

Allergan Key

The first thing I noticed when I got in line was this allergen key. Each item in the line had  a small sign telling you what that particular food item is. On each small sign are little symbols to tell you if its gluten free, vegan etc. This is a very helpful to all of us health conscious people.

Flatbread Pizza

First up was the flat bread pizza. This is a new trend happening in Orange County and Lemonade is right on top of that trend. They looked very yummy and the ingredients looked top quality.


Next was the Marketplace. This is a wide array of cold salads created so that you will “eat a rainbow”. You order each of these items per portion so you can choose 1 portion or many. The portion sizes are HUGE so I only chose 2. I decided to try Soba Noodle, kimchi marinated vegetables, and toasted peanuts as well as Red Quinoa, Arugula, Fuji Apple, Sunflower and Pistachio.

Quinoa and Soba

The salads were fresh and full of flavor. My favorite was the Red Quinoa. It tasted really healthy and I felt really good about eating it!

Land and Sea and Sandwiches

Next on down the line was the sandwiches and what they call Land and Sea. I decided to try the Seared Ahi Tuna with Crushed Orange-Ginger Ponzu sauce.

Seared Ahi

The presentation looked gorgeous and the Tuna was perfectly seared. The flavor of the sauce complimented the tuna quite well.

Tuna crudo use

Melodi tried the Tuna Crudo, Chick Pea and Avocado with Harissa Sauce. Melodi and I ate almost the entire thing! I really enjoyed the flavor of this item and thought it was presented nicely.

Hot Portions use

We then came to the hot dishes. I decided to try the Tri Tip with Blue Cheese sauce.

Tri Tip

Again the portion was huge and it was intensely flavorful.  The Blue Cheese sauce was fantastic with the trip tip. This dish was a little spicy but not too much.

Braises use

Next came the braises and Melodi decided to try the Chicken Pot Pie Stew. It looked and tasted just like chicken pot pie…without the crust of course!

Mac N Cheese

Before we hit the desserts we got to what all kids love….MAC N CHEESE! They had 2 different kinds: Original Mac N Cheese and White Truffle Mac N Cheese. Its nice to know that in all this “healthy” food there is some stuff that you know the kids will love!


Desserts were at the end of the line. We decided to try their famous Macaroons. Melodi had a Pistachio and I had a Raspberry. We both enjoyed the flavor and noticed a bit of some extra spice in each one that we couldn’t put our finger on. That particular flavor made this not your ordinary macaroon!

Strawberry Lemonade

Another kid friendly dessert are the teeny tiny cupcakes! This one is the Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake and it tasted just like……..drumroll please…..Strawberry Lemonade!!! The cake was the strawberry part and the frosting was a lemonade cream cheese frosting.


Our meal would not be complete without a drink. We, of course, had to have the lemonade. They have 7 different types of lemonade. Old Fashioned, Cucumber Mint, Blueberry Mint, Pomegranate, Guava Limeade, Blood-Orange and the Arnold Palmer.

Blood Orange

We tried the Blood-Orange and it was really refreshing! Just a hint of orange in a great tasting glass of lemonade. Not too sweet and not too sour. A great thirst quencher on a hot day!


Now if you want to make any of these dishes at home Chef Alan has released a cookbook. Tons of great recipes for fresh, healthy and colorful meals. Makes a perfect gift for a friend, family member or even yourself!

Outside sign

Lemonade is a new idea with old school roots. This place is perfect for the Orange County crowd! Fresh, healthy dishes for those on the go and those who want to sit back and relax. I, for one, am excited to go back to try the sandwiches and flatbread pizzas!

Lemonade on Urbanspoon

Erin Potter

I’m Erin! A tap dancing, ghost hunting, Disneyland going, happily married mom of 2. And you know what else? I LOVE TO EAT! I eat when I am stressed, I eat when I am happy, I eat when I am sad, I eat when I am waiting for dinner to cook…..you get the picture. Food has always been a huge comfort to me and being able to share my food experiences with others is what I enjoy most. I love going to restaurants because I get to try new foods and it means I don’t have to do the dishes. I also am a big fan of cooking. The rule in our house is I cook and hubby cleans…so it’s a win-win for me!

2 thoughts on “Lemonade – A new school approach to the old school cafeteria style eatery

  • June 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    We need one here in Cerritos…..I think it would go over hugely!


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