Seasons 52 earned it's name from it's focus on serving up the season's best offerings. The menu completely changes four times a year with the seasons and every week, specials rotate through the menus for that week only. It's exciting to come during various times of the year to see how the menu completely shifts to accommodate the freshest ingredients, but difficult too, because a favorite item may not be available upon one's next return. In terms of special diets, all information can be found on the alternate menus tab on their website. Currently, they offer dedicated menus for those who cannot eat gluten, lactose/dairy, or garlic as well as those needing a low sodium, vegetarian, or vegan meal. While it's tricky to find common points on the menus that meet my duel intolerances, the mere fact they separate the menus puts them ahead of the game in my book.
All in all, the meal was satisfying and the restaurant delivered another safe, allergen aware meal. I left the restaurant full and happy, and thankful for their attention to detail. I commend the waitress who was serving my family for her knowledge and expertise on the menu, quick thinking when adapting existing menu items, and her patience when I wanted to be sure my meal was safe. It's dedication like this that keeps me coming back. If I could make any suggestions for improvement, it would definitely be making a gluten-free version of their signature flatbreads. These delicious dishes were my favorite menu item pre-diagnosis and if they were ever able to accommodate gluten-free diners, I would be thrilled.
Update 7/4/14- Since Seasons 52 changes their menu for every season, I figured I'd share my thoughts on their Summer 2014 lunch menu. In comparing the gluten-free and dairy-free menus, I found that many items were "crossovers" and appeared on both menus which provided me many options to choose from. After deliberation, I selected a cup of their tomato basil soup and the grilled chipotle spiced chicken skewers. Like the turkey skewer off the spring menu, the chicken skewers were on the dairy-free menu but not on the gluten-free one. However, my waiter assured me that they could be adapted and that he would talk to the chef and make sure they were prepared as such.
When it came out, the soup's aroma was tantalizingly spiced with warm tomato and fresh basil. The soup itself was rich and comforting and had a nice texture that was in the middle between pureed and chunky. The cup-sized appetizer portion was just enough and provided the perfect amount to give a taste without overwhelming the meal.
When the chicken skewers came out shortly after, I was again impressed with Seasons 52's beautiful presentation. The three skewers were peppered with a corn salad and fresh cilantro on top and served over a tomatillo sauce as a base. The dish was light and summery and was the perfect compliment to the tomato soup. Once again, Seasons 52 delivered a safe meal thanks to their knowledgeable staff and committeemen to catering to special diets.
Address: 463 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 (additional locations in Orlando and around the country)
Cuisine: Modern American
Ideal For: Lunch, Dinner
Accessibility: The restaurant is fully accessible. The tables are at a standard level.
Special Features: Reservations can be made via Open Table, an online reservation-making website where diners can earn points per reservation towards rewards such as a $20 dining check upon earning 2,000 points.
Disclaimer: Restaurant reviews are based upon the information I have at the time of the review and do not reflect changes in supplier or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant or vendor directly for up-to-date information and feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.