The menu at Seasons 52 is always evolving. The menu changes seasonally, weekly and sometimes daily. Imagine walking into a Farmer’s Market with a menu of fresh ingredients, blended together to create a healthy and satisfying meal and there you have the concept of Seasons 52. And nothing on the menu is over 475 calories.
One of the more popular appetizer choices is the selection of flatbreads. The Steak and Blue Cheese is quite popular as is the Roasted Tomato and the Artichoke and Goat Cheese. We sprung for the latter and it was delivered to the table quickly. The artichokes are an excellent pairing for the pungent cheese along with spinach and roasted tomatoes.
My dining companion Chad and I are also big salad fans so we couldn’t pass up the Grilled Portobello Mushrooms and Arugula salad with truffle dressing and shaved parmesan. I am a big fan of greens that are lightly dressed, allowing the spicy arugula to take center stage with the marinated mushrooms.
We also ordered the Romaine & Baby Kale Caesar Salad. Garlic Ciabatta croutons and shaved parmesan topped this deliciously healthy plate of crisp greens.
Vegetarian Black Bean and Roasted Pepper Tacos caught Chad’s eye and he was not disappointed. Three corn tortillas were stuffed with black beans, roasted red peppers, onions and feta cheese and served with guacamole as well as a spicy pico de gallo.
I ordered the Spring Vegetarian Tasting. One thing we can always count on Seasons 52 for is an incredible selection of menu items for both Vegetarians and Vegans. This was perhaps my most favorite dish I have ever had in all my visits to Seasons 52. It was literally a tasting and a sampling of some wonderful Vegetarian dishes. Cedar Roasted Tofu, Quinoa Citrus Salad and a Soft Taco accompanied a plate of seasonal vegetables that included snap peas and asparagus.
Tofu isn’t very appealing when prepared alone but this Cedar Roasted Tofu had flavor and texture that would rival any fish or meat.
The Quinoa Citrus Salad was fruity and nutty. It is amazing how something so ordinary as Quinoa can suddenly come alive with flavor when mixed with mandarin oranges and a citrus vinaigrette.
My plate was filled with seasonal veggies. Asparagus, Broccoli Rabe and Sugar Snap Peas were seasoned and grilled until crisp. I have never felt so healthy at a restaurant…ever.
The dish is also served with a Soft Taco. The Black Bean Taco is the usual choice here but I opted to go beyond the Vegetarian aspect and asked to substitute the Blackened Mahi Mahi taco I saw on the menu. As wonderful and delicious as my Spring Vegetarian Plate was, I could have easily eaten an entire plate of the Blackened Mahi Mahi. Fruity pico de gallo and a cilantro sour cream were perfect to top the meaty blackened fish. We don’t eat fish often but we would if all our seafood was as fresh and tasty as this.
The desserts are unique in that they are served in individual shot glasses and called “Mini Indulgences”. There are eight choices- we tried the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli, the Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Mousse, the Blueberries with Lemon Curd and the Mocha Macchiato. My favorite was the rich Mocha Macchiato while Chad was partial to the Blueberries with Lemon Curd. For more information on the Seasons 52 Mini Indulgences read my post from when I was invited to taste all eight of them - Seasons 52 Unveils New Dessert Menu.
Besides incredible flavor profiles, fresh ingredients and manageable meal portions, the other thing that sets Seasons 52 above most other restaurants is the attentive and knowledgeable service. It is obvious that the servers at Seasons 52 not only love their jobs, they genuinely care about their guests and are passionate about the food they serve.
Season 52 has a great culinary reputation. You may have noticed that I used the word “fresh” in every other sentence and fresh is indeed what we got. Technically a chain restaurant (there are 43 fabulous locations from Florida to California), this isn’t like walking into a TGI Fridays or a Chili’s. There are no fried buffalo wings or frozen potato skins here. Seasons 52 uses local ingredients as often as possible and again…everything is fresh fresh fresh. Expect to be wowed.