Lemonade LA

I’m a huge lemonade fan. If it’s tart and sour you’ve won me over.

Luckily, I knew of the mother of all lemonade places: Lemonade. Difficult name, right?

Oh, and they have sunflowers so that gave them extra brownie points in my book.

I guess you could describe their food as Southern comfort with a modern twist.

DSC00616Lemonade is one of the rare places that is delicious and affordable…and actually pretty healthy. Foodies rejoice!

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Lemonade is set up like a cute cafeteria. You can pick as many items as your heart desires to put on your plate. The prices are based off of the amount of proportions you choose and each portion is about $2.50. Not bad, not bad at all.

Oh and a little secret? You can do half portions so…for say 3 portions, you can try 6 items.

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I ordered their passionfruit pepper lemonade and my lips puckered immediately. If a lemonade can make me pucker my lips, it gets a gold star.

The blood orange lemonade was also good, sweet and flowing of juices.DSC00615

Sharing plates is a great idea because the portions are actually pretty big and then you get to try even more (more to try! that’s usually how my mind works).

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Portions from left to right:

Pineapple chicken, green beans, coconut, apple jerk dressing

New Mexican chili roasted butternut squash, white corn

Soba noodle, kimchi marinated vegetables, toasted peanuts

Brussels sprouts, red flame grapes, pistachio, parmesan

It was a bit of a mix of diverse dishes but each dish was full of flavor and the ingredients mingled perfectly together.

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And of course when you’re going down the line…you notice the desserts. I had to get their lemonade cake. It was worth the bit of indulgence. DSC00618Lemonade has a ton of different locations around LA. This one was in Venice located at 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It’s a great place to grab a quick on-the-go meal and of course, a refreshing lemonade on a hot California day.

Pucker up!

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A Bar, A Burger & Some Joy

If you’re looking for the American way head over to Joy Burger Bar. A little happening place at the beginning of Harlem is a burger place great for an after work beer and a bite with some friends. The Joy Burger Bar is decorated as an old-fashioned burger place with open air seating. Head up to the counter and give the man your order and you will be pleased with the outcome. The Burger Bar is a top your burger ’til your heart desires kind of place with a bunch of great sauces to choose from. After you’re handed a playing card hop on one of their stools, chill out, and wait for your order to be called. While I was there, I ordered a burger with garlic mayo, some patatas (their sweet potato fries) and a refreshing mint lemonade. The burger bar is a great little hang out, I really did enJOY the Joy Burger Bar.

My delicious meal at the Joy Burger Bar

You can find them at 1567 Lexington Ave. joyburgerbar.com.