Monday, October 6, 2014

Seasons 52 – Tampa, FL


Grandma Anne took Lance and me out to dinner last night to Seasons 52.  I’ve been there a couple times and I don’t think I’ve ever had something that wasn’t fantastic.



Their menu changes seasonally, so the dishes use whatever foods are best in that season.  Since it is fall, their autumn menu incorporated things like squash, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts. 

Grandma started with their house Merlot (called Juntos), and I had the Mirassou Pinot Noir.  Lance wanted to try the Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA, but they were out, so he stuck with Lagunitas IPA (he’s had that one several times before). 

Our waiter said that his favorite appetizer was the Lump Crab, Roasted Shrimp, and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, so we took his advice and ordered some to share.  They were amazing – each mushroom had 2 small shrimp baked with it and the panko bread crumbs gave it some crunch.  It came with six mushrooms, which meant they divided evenly between the three of us.    

For our entrée, Grandma ordered the Oak-Grilled Rack of Lamb – served with caramelized root vegetables and pomegranate sauce.  It normally comes with mashed potatoes, but she had the butternut squash risotto instead.  Lance ordered the Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout, which Grandma said was one of her favorite dishes at Seasons (she dined there regularly when she lived in Palm Beach Gardens).  It came with baby carrots, crushed roasted potatoes, and a grilled lemon.  I ordered one of the Chef’s Specials – the Roasted Manchester Farms Quail served with mushroom risotto stuffing, spinach, bacon, and balsamic demi-glace. 


The lamb was served beautifully – piled high with a sprig of rosemary.  Lance’s trout was a large sized fish that was cooked perfectly.  And mine actually came with 3 individual quails on their own beds of spinach.  I would definitely order my dish again – it was incredible.

No meal at Seasons 52 is complete without their Mini Indulgences.  It is actually very smart of them – since the desserts are served in small shot glasses, you can always make room for just a few more bites.  Our waiter came to the table with a display of all 9 options.  Lance had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte.  The Belgian Chocolate S’more looked so good that Grandma and I each ordered one.  Lance’s was topped with peanuts, while ours had chocolate-dipped graham cracker and toasted marshmallow garnishes. 

We had absolutely no complaints about our dinner.  It was such a fun evening and we went home with very full bellies!

Seasons 52 has several locations around the country.  The Tampa one is located at 204 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 and is open 11:30am – 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:30am – 11pm Friday and Saturday.

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