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Seasons 52 Ft. Lauderdale Report ( long)

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Seasons 52 Ft. Lauderdale Report ( long)

zook | Jan 22, 2005 08:20 PM

There have been so many favorable posts about Seasons 52 in Orlando that I was looking forward to trying the recently opened branch in Ft. Lauderdale in the Galleria Mall. As stated by so many other posters, the concept is low calorie (all dishes less than 475 calories) and fresh ingredients. There are several salads and appetizers to choose from; but since so many positive rex had been posted about the chicken flatbread, I had to try it. It was creatively cooked and served, not loaded with toppings as other restaurant's flatbreads (keeping in mind the caloric limitations) but was tasty. There are approximately eight non-fish main courses and about six "weekly" fresh fish offerings. All of the fish are served grilled and this week were accompanied by a quarter grilled Peruvian onion, several grilled asparagus, and a basmati/veggie mixture. A grilled lemon accompanies the main course. I ordered the "ruby trout" ($14.25)which I had recently first seen in Colorado. The portion was a very nice size and was very tasty. My husband had the yellowtail ($18.50)which was a nice sized filet which he also enjoyed. I didn't care for the rice mixture; but my husband enjoyed his. For dessert, they bring out a sampler of approximately eight different desserts each in a glass that holds approximately three ounces. They describe what it is that you are looking at, you make your selection, and they remove that dessert from the rack and it's yours. Each dessert costs $1.95. I had the "pecan pie" which was basically the typical pecan pie goop with the pecans served atop a small portion of whipped cream. No crust. I found the portion size perfect for such a sweet dessert. My husband had the blueberry cheesecake which he enjoyed but would have preferred a larger serving of same; but heck, for $1.95, what do you expect? They have a large wine list with an extraordinary amount of selections by the glass. It did seem a bit offputting that my husband's glass of Chateau Montelena (approximately a three ounce pour) cost more than my entire main course ($14.50). The service is excellent and the ambiance very nice. Although not rushed at all, we were in and out of there in under an hour. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner; but for a destination dinner; would not go back there. On the other hand, if in the area to either shop at Galleria or possibly go to the Gateway theater, it would make a fine choice; but for my taste, I'd prefer to go somewhere such as Canyon if I were in the area.

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