Yesterday was the first day of summer, and with it Seasons 52 on the Country Club Plaza unveiled their 2012 seasonal summer menu. I had a chance to preview the menu a few days ago and again came away impressed with the entire Seasons 52 concept. If you aren’t familiar with it, this concept blends seasonal menus with a goal to provide high quality delicious cuisine that adheres to a health conscious ideal. Each item on the menu at Seasons 52 is less than 500 calories. While this is obviously easier with salads and vegetable based dishes, I continue to be surprised at how they succeed in this with other heartier, and traditionally more calorie laden dishes.
Another nice thing that sets Seasons 52 apart from much of its competition is the great selection of wines by the glass. Most restaurants will have a handful of house bottles and maybe an upgraded selection in a few common varietals, but still very limited options and without much thought of how they pair with the food being served. Here, at Seasons they have over 50 and often 70 different wines by the glass. This ensures your server or the sommelier will be able to pair just the right wine with whatever you’re eating. It also gives you the opportunity to have different wines with different courses and not be saddled with a bottle that only fits one person’s entrée vs. allow the entire table to enjoy the right wine with each dish.
This summer, the menu at Seasons 52 changes to include a Wild Alaskan Copper River salmon dish served over a corn risotto that should have you rushing in to get it before the salmon stop running here in the fairly near future. They are also including an 11oz Piedmontese Bone-In strip steak served with fingerling potatoes, cremini mushrooms, and asparagus that will leave you baffled at how it’s possibly less than 475 calories. The Piedmontese beef is amazingly tender and flavorful and if you’re a steak lover, worth the trip by itself. You’ll be challenged to find this type of beef anywhere else in the region and if you’re like me, you’ll be hooked on it at the first bite. The summer fare includes a BBQ chicken addition to the flatbread appetizers, a chilled lobster & shrimp spring roll, a wonderful arugula salad with golden beets and goat cheese, and then an all-new vegetarian sampler plate that goes way beyond your typical pasta or veggie platter fare. On the beverage side, they’ve brought in a watermelon cocktail that may have you considering just drinking your meal. Made with muddled watermelon, fresh lime juice, sour apple, and Atlantico Rum this cocktail is the perfectly refreshing beverage for these hot summer months.
Something else of note is the service at Seasons, every time I’ve been in there the server’s seem to be some of the best around. Friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and wine menus, we’ve had servers who are always there when you need them, but never intrusive or leave you feeling like they invaded your meal. This last time in we had the pleasure of Matt & Ian serving us and I’d encourage anyone coming in to dine to ask for them, you will have a great time.
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