Birthday week has arrived! The first event was a light lunch at Seasons 52. Low calorie food seems to be the theme lately, let's see how long it lasts. Seasons 52 is a newish chain where all plates are under 475 calories, from appetizers through desserts. And it is good, really good.
I had been to the Orlando original back in February and thought the concept was phenomenal. I'm not usually a fan of chain, mall-type restaurants, but this one is a keeper.
Since it was lunch, we couldn't linger. Fortunately, Seasons 52 is perfect for lunch and the food is enough to get you through the day without leaving you to fall asleep at your desk with a full stomach.
Their concept, other than low-cal, is that their menu is seasonal and specials change each week, hence the Seasons 52 name.
We started with the Ripe Plum Tomato Flatbread. It was paper thin, the flattest flatbread I've probably ever seen covered in tomatoes with basil, roaster garlic and melted parmesan. Definitely lighter than pizza and certainly more fresh, we all loved it. It was tacos as our mall around for our main. Each dish came with three 3 soft tacos (chimichurri steak or blackened mahi mahi) and we all commented how we need to get taco holders at home. The tacos were adorned with light, liquidy, toppings including a jalapeno-lime slaw, guac, pico de gallo, mole, salsa and some sour cream on the side. You can easily tell where they are saving the calories, for example, each taco had only 1 piece of steak on it, but I will repeat that everything was delicious.
And since we had a light entrees, there was room for dessert. My favorite part of Seasons 52 is the dessert course. The server brings over a candelabra-type shot glass holder, and each shot glass has a dessert in it - they call them "Mini-Indulgences". The server then explains each dessert (sort of like an old-fashioned dessert cart), you make your 250-calorie choice and said dessert is plucked from its holder and handed to you.
My Key Lime Pie dessert was layered with graham cracker crust and key lime filling and worth every one of those 250 calories. We all wanted more, and I guess that's the point. We'll be back.
Until our next Berger,
@ Roosevelt Field Mall
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY
On the Side: Seasons 52 is all across the country, find the closest location near you: http://www.seasons52.com/locations/