The second San Diego location of Lemonade opened last Friday, located inside UTC mall, right across from the Dining Terrace. The location is open, spacious and includes a large outdoor patio section as well.
For those unfamiliar, Lemonade is a popular, fast-casual, cafeteria-style restaurant chain from Los Angeles.
I know it was only last week when I posted about Lemonade Hillcrest, but I couldn’t resist going to the UTC one and it gave me a chance to try new items. I really enjoy the layout of this second location. More seating, an outdoor patio, more floor space as well. I didn’t feel nearly as cramped as I did when I visited the Hillcrest one.
The menu offerings were pretty much the same, though I noticed a few slight changes with some of the hot dishes and lemonade flavors.
The star of Lemonade continues to be the marketplace salads. I normally don’t enjoy salads, but these are salads worth getting excited over. I didn’t take pictures of them again, but you can see the photos from my first post.
I had initially planned on just trying two new ones, but somehow I ended up with a plate of five again. Everything just looked so good! We also decided to try a few more new hot items including the flatbread and brisket.
I was also really tempted by the strawberry lemonade cake, but I’ll get it next time. The mini cupcakes were adorable too.
My Plate: Avocado tomato salad, curry cauliflower, butternut squash, edamame and nectarine salads.
The only repeat is the cauliflower. I was already impressed with the salads last time, but found this plate to be even better. My brother recommended the edamame and the butternut squash ones.
The edamame beans were paired with crunchy snap peas and tossed in sesame oil, giving it a very Asian feel. I’ve always enjoyed the sesame flavor and found it went very well with the beans and peas.
The butternut squash had a little bit of a spicy kick and was mixed with both fresh corn and what appeared to be a dried or toasted corn kernels. This reminded me of something I’d enjoy during Thanksgiving.
The white nectarine salad was another new favorite. Mixed with English peas, cucumbers and watercress, this was light and summery.
Mr. K’s Plate: Pineapple Chicken and Green Beans, Southwest, BBQ brisket and Avocado Salmon Louie
We both really enjoyed the pineapple chicken and green beans. It actually seemed more like a hot item as it’s basically a stir fry but served cold. It was a little bit spicy but packed a lot of flavor.
We didn’t quite like the Southwest as much. I found the cheese a little overwhelming.
The BBQ brisket was probably the biggest miss we’ve had. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell it was brisket and the stringy texture made me think shortrib.
Avocado Salmon Louie
A twist on crab louie and served inside half a fresh avocado. I found the salmon a little bland, but Mr. K enjoyed it.
Wild Mushroom Onion Truffle Mini Flatbread
We both enjoyed the flatbread, but found it a little expensive at $4 for such a small amount.
We also ordered a guava limeade. So far we’ve been enjoying the lemonade creations, but I haven’t been blown away by any of them. I do like the unique flavor offerings though.
Overall, we had another really great meal at Lemonade. Having dined here twice now, I do feel that their strongest feature are those marketplace salads that you encounter at the beginning. The made-to-order sandwiches and hot dishes are okay but we prefer the hot items at Bushfire Kitchen. The salad here though, are really delicious and fresh and it’s a great way to load up on a lot of vegetable variations and enjoy doing so. We’ll definitely be returning for more salads.
4525 LA JOLLA VILLAGE DRIVE
UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER, UNIT D35
SAN DIEGO, CA 92122