Guess what? They actually sell blue lemonade at Blue Lemon, a recently opened eatery that is part of the ever-emerging City Creek development on South Temple.
I confess, though, that I didn't try any — yet. When food is as fresh, tasty and reasonably priced as the lunch my friend, Lois, and I had the other day, I'm pretty sure I'll be going back to explore the rest of the menu.
Blue Lemon's menu and website emphasize the restaurant's devotion to using organic food that's locally sourced wherever possible, and the restaurant's clean, modern look, emphasizing glass, metal and the city views outside, fits this aesthetic.
But you might be surprised by how hearty and appealing to all kinds of diners that kind of food can be. Sure, the menu has some tantalizing salads and several vegetarian sandwiches and entrées, but there's a lot more to the menu than that.
Take my meal, for example. I had one of the house specialties, butternut squash soup, which was delicately sweet and seasoned with grace and complexity. With its topping of simple croutons and ground nuts, it seemed to give a playful nod to pumpkin pie and other seasonal desserts.
But I also had the beef brisket sandwich, a goopy and super-satisfying meal of mounded pineapple-seasoned brisket on a ciabatta roll topped with provolone, lettuce, tomato and thin rings of red onion.
Lois asked the girl at the counter for a recommendation, which led to her lunch of "fiery" fish tacos, a glorious combination of sweet little grilled shrimp and big, juicy chunks of grilled mahi mahi and salmon piled up with cabbage slaw.
On the side were a pile of teeny tortillas, pico de gallo and not-actually-very-fiery honey chipotle sauce. Rolled in little tortillas, it was the best fish taco I've tasted this side of Lone Star Taqueria.
I'm talking about dessert last, but I must admit we started it first. Our meals took a little while to arrive, and it was hard to resist Lois' white-iced chocolate cookie and my creamy, coffee-enhanced tiramisu, served parfait-style and topped with a cloud of whipped cream.
But the best sweet we had were the teeny little blue lemon bites, sort-of petits fours that were mouthfuls of the darkest, most chocolatey brownie ever, coated in more chocolate with a blue-icing drizzle. They're cheap, rich and absolutely excellent.
Salads $4-$8.50, sandwiches $8-$9, entrees $9.50-$13, appetizers and sides $3-$5, kids' meals $5.
Stacey Kratz is a freelance writer who reviews restaurants for the Deseret News.
Where: 55 W. South Temple (also in Highland)
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sunday
Wheelchair access: Easy, though some levels have steps
Also: Cooking classes available at Highland location.
Stacey Kratz is a freelance writer who reviews restaurants for the Deseret News. E-mail: email@example.com
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