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Cheap Eats: Lemonade

Mix and match fresh dishes at this local hot spot.


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By Ali Saragoza

Why go? Walnut Creek boasts the only East Bay location of this growing Los Angeles–based chain that serves fresh, fast, cafeteria-style fare.

What’s the vibe like? Two-top and four-top tables fill the small, sunlit space. Grab a tray, and choose from dozens of prepared food options on display—samples are readily offered.

What to order? For a flavor hit, opt for sesame-marinated lo mein noodles with fermented carrots, or Thai chicken meatballs with green curry. A chilled citrus-poached salmon fillet with mustard sauce tastes just right atop any leafy greens. Among the many vegetarian options is a revved-up grilled cheese sandwich featuring provolone, artichoke, avocado, and rosemary aioli.

Added bonus: Lemonade offers classic lemonade, of course, but also blends ranging from blood orange to cucumber mint. Grab dessert in a Mason jar, such as chocolate mint grasshopper pie.

How much? Mix and match any marketplace sides ($2.95), “land and sea” protein ($6.95), and sandwiches and hot dishes ($7.95), depending on your hunger level.

Where is it? 1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 231-0066, lemonadela.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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