A new, healthy, fast but not fast food restaurant has opened in Palo Alto that we were given a chance for a sneak peek as guests of Lemonade, and found it is perfect for all ages. It’s full of options, from vegan to meat, from brisket to broccoli, to various desserts and several kinds of lemonade, that help Lemonade appeal to everyone. The portions are a good sized, but the prices are on the low side, adding to the broad appeal. There is something here for picky kids, and all at prices college kids can afford.
Open starting today toward the Stanford end of University Ave. at High St., the Lemonade menu is a la carte, allowing mixing up sides and mains as you wish. We tried avocado and cherry tomatoes, BLT panzanella, ahi tuna and avocado poke, ham Croque Monsieur, white truffle mac and cheese, strawberry s’mores in a jar, a chocolate chip cookie, blood orange lemonade, and blueberry mint lemonade. Popular combos are two marketplace items (the panzanella and avocado and cherry tomatoes) and one Land and Sea item (the poke) or a sandwich and a side of leafy greens. It’s designed for cafeteria style, allowing customers to grab a tray and see the food before selected. Prices range from $2.95 to $10.50, with most items falling in the middle.
This isn’t the first, nor will it be the last Lemonade restaurant in the Bay Area, with a location at Yerba Buena in San Francisco and another slated to open in Burlingame, Walnut Creek, and more in San Francisco later this year. The Palo Alto location is at 151 University Ave., with plentiful and colorfully yellow outdoor and indoor seating, and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We had a great time at the opening celebration and cannot wait to return.