Hello Lemonade Del Amo!

Now squeezing at the Del Amo Fashion Center  is the new bright and happy restaurant, Lemonade.  Lemonade is a popular fast-casual restaurant chain serving healthy, seasonal foods, refreshing beverages and sweet treats in a marketplace/cafeteria like setting.  There are over 20 locations all around  California and this one at Del Amo is the newest branch.


The concept at Lemonade is simple and fun. One can mix and match across their menu.  The menu consists of items from the various sections: Marketplace, Leafy Greens, Land and Sea, Sandwiches, Hot Dishes and Desserts.


As one steps into the Del Amo location, they are greeted instantly by friendly smiles as well as colorful array of fresh cuisine.  One is free to browse through the various sections and get samples. Skipping the line to move to one area is also totally acceptable. It’s fast, friendly and fun.


The first section of the line is the Marketplace. The Marketplace is actually one of my favorite food sections. This is where they have all their signature seasonal salads. It features a variety of their marketplace vegetables. There are freshly made vegan, vegetarian and protein filled fresh salads.  Some items currently at the Del Amo location are the Vegan salads: Hearts of Palm Savoy Cabbage, Red Quinoa and Fuji Apple and Curried Cauliflower, the Vegatarian salads: Kale and Red Pear, New Mexican Chile Roasted Butternut Squash and  Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Dates and the protein salads: Pineapple Chicken and Green Beans and the Smoked Tri-tip and Fingerling Potatoes.

I got to try the New Mexican Chile Roasted Butternut Squash and the Smoked Tri-tip and Fingerling Potatoes. I was a fan of both Marketplace salads. For the Mexican Chile Roasted Butternut Squash; I really  liked the chile lime corn nuts and the scallion ranch mixed in. The Smoked Tri-tip and Fingerling Potatoes was excellent as well. This salad had a healthy mix of tri tip, avocado and potatoes  that were all flavored with chipotle vinaigrette.


The next section that one will hit in the Lemonade line is the Leafy Greens. Here it is a continuation of healthy veggies but with a focus of salads tossed to order. Currently ready for tossing at the Lemonade Del Amo location are Thanksgiving Greens, Baby Artisan and Gem Romaine and Butter and Red Oak Leaf Lettuces.

Up next are the Land and Sea options. Here one can choose from their chicken, beef and fish dishes. There’s poke, ahi tuna and salmon for the seafood lovers. For those who prefer beef and chicken, Lemonade offers a Coffee-Ancho Rubbed Skirt Steak as well as Buttermilk Chicken. I’ve had the Buttermilk Chicken before at another location and could not pass it up here at Del Amo! One can get the Buttermilk Chicken a la carte or get it as a sandwich in the next section which is the Sandwiches section.


After the Sandwiches section, one will find themselves at the  Hot Dishes area. Here one can get braised, roasted and rotisserie meats and pair them with a variety of hot veggies, chilis, mac and cheese and soups. The savory items in this section are simply amazing. I found myself trying the very drool worthy Soy Roasted Chicken Thighs with Thai chile mango glaze. I had this with Vegetarian Chili and basmati rice. It was very fulfilling and delicious to say the least. The Soy Roasted Chicken Thighs were perfectly tender and the mango glaze gave it a nice, sweet touch.


Lemonade does not only do savory but they do sweet as well. One cannot pass up the dessert section here! They’ve got cute “Pick Me Ups;” small jelly jars filled with favorites like Pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate caramel, Lemon Meringue Pie with Graham Cracker Crumble and Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie with Chocolate Wafer Crumble. They also have cupcakes, cookies, bars and macarons! The macarons are my personal favorite because they’re gigantic!  These treats are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.


Last but definitely not least, one must try their lemonades here at Lemonade. This place is called Lemonade for a reason. At Del Amo they have the flavors of  Old Fashioned, Pomegrante Tarragon, Coconut Apple and Kaffir Lime, Cucumber Mint,  Blood Orange and Watermelon Rosemary. Each lemonade is unique and tasty. My personal favorite is the Blood Orange. This one is very refreshing and sweet.


Lemonade at Del Amo is a wonderful new addition to the South Bay. With an abundant array of healthy foods; one can easily get a quick yet very fulfilling meal.


There is something for everyone here. The place also promotes both healthy and happy. One cannot help but be happy at cheerful and bright place offering fresh dishes. Lemonade is sure to make many smile not only this holiday season but in the next years to come.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Lemonade Del Amo.


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