Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lemonade

UPDATE, 5/28/13: During my layover yesterday in LAX I happened upon an enormous outpost of Lemonade... and imagine my surprise when I saw the below sign!

Awesome, right?  I'm not yet sure whether such signs are posted at Lemonade's other locations but I will definitely investigate the next time I'm in Los Angeles.  I should also update the post to reflect that Lemonade also has a location at my alma mater, USC, in the school's Tutor Campus Center.

Hopefully my below post can be rescinded entirely once I visit the other locations.
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It's been months since I visited Lemonade and have been meaning to write this post.  I'd been meaning to visit for a long time, having heard great things about it.  My friend Sarah and I went to the location on Beverly Blvd. near our apartments on a study break during finals.

When we arrived, I was really excited about the food that was on hand.  Lemonade is cafeteria-style, so the menu options change daily.  It's been too long since I've visited to remember what was on the menu for that day, but it looked great.

Of course, as a gluten free eater, I had to inquire about the shop's gluten free options.  When I asked the server behind the counter, the server had no idea what was in any of the food.  "Really?"  I asked.  "No, we don't make any of it here."  He responded.  He was helpful enough and offered to call the manager at another location and ask if s/he knew the ingredients.  He came back with a negative -- the manager didn't know what was in any of the food.

Let me repeat that -- the manager couldn't tell the server what was in ANY of the food.

What?

This is a warning to any gluten free eaters to steer clear of Lemonade.  They have no information about any of the ingredients in their food so it is not safe to eat there for Celiacs.  How does a food establishment have NO idea about the ingredients in its food?
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Lemonade
9001 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Map)
310.247.2500
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515 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Map)
213.488.0299
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Tutor Campus Center (USC)
Interactive Map (Here)


2 comments:

Kevin said...

Wow. Thanks for the warning.

tara daley said...

I was just about to head over there for my lunch break, as I work in Bev Hills. Damn! Looks like more Boraan for me.