Pasadena, CA 91101 626-304-7700 lemonadela.com
Embrace the past at Lemonade Restaurant, a literally souped-up stand, open for lunch and take away dinner. The modern twist on a nostalgic concept is part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria – come lunchtime, you’ll grab a tray and slide it down the counter to examine your options. Unlike those early years, though, you’ll actually want to build a meal from what you see under the glass – you might find a Grilled Cheese with Ham and Quince on Pumpernickel, which could work with a Snap Pea and Edamame Salad and a Lemon Meringue Pie. With numerous vegetable options, salads, braises and stews, there is no shortage of options to choose from.
Once you’ve filled your tray with quirky, mouthwatering morsels, pay up at the central stand, where you’ll select from several varieties of the requisite house-made lemonade Favorites are Rosemary watermelon and Peach Ginger -these would have taken your childhood stand to the next level.