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Day 21 – A Restaurant for all 'Seasons 52' Weeks a Year

Seasons 52 North Bethesda

I have found a new addiction – sampling the menu at Seasons 52 Fresh Grill in “North Bethesda” (otherwise known as the White Flint area of Rockville Pike).  I have now had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant scene on two occasions – once for lunch with a friend and last night, a celebratory dinner with my husband.

The thing I love MOST about Seasons 52 is that so far, all the food I have sampled has been truly fresh-tasting and absolutely delicious – not overcooked, over-buttered, over-sauced or over-heated like many places.  This food tastes fresh (the perfect crunch to their grilled vegetables for example) and looks like art.  Even better…EVERYTHING on the menu is 475 calories or less!  This is quite a contrast to other restaurant menus like CPK where many items top 1000 – 1500+ calories for one entrée.  The menu at Seasons 52 changes regularly as inspired by farm markets so that the freshest foods in-season are featured.  Plus, the restaurant offers a very nice wine list which for me is always a PLUS!

If you’re thinking about visiting, I definitely recommend making reservations at Seasons 52.  The place is growing in popularity.  We arrived early (around 5:30 PM) on Friday and it was already getting full.  By the time we left, it was standing-room-only as people waited for tables.

Friendly valet at Seasons 52

When you arrive, you are first greeted by the nice valet attendants who will park your car for free – a relaxing way to begin the dining experience.  Flashes of trying to park in the public garages in downtown Bethesda come to mind as a stark contrast!  The lobby area of the restaurant is warm and inviting with a nice, cozy fireplace and rich, dark wood walls.  On both occasions that I visited, I ended up sitting in the comfortable booths surrounding the nicely appointed bar.

This past Friday evening we were surprised and delighted by live piano music and vocals – just the right genre of music and at just the right volume so as not to overwhelm our conversation.  Made for a fun atmosphere.  Apparently, there is live music nightly.

Chilled Tiger Prawns

We began our meal by indulging in their Ripe Plum Tomato Signature Flatbreads and big, fat Tiger Prawns which we thoroughly enjoyed.  Our server also generously provided us with an opportunity to try three different wines so we could select our favorite for the evening, a sauvignon blanc called Mulderbosch from Western Cape of South Africa – which he had recommended to us actually.

Ripe Plum Tomato Flatbread

Soon, our mouth-watering dinner entrees were presented.  I ordered the Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta (loved those shrimp) which came in a light citrus sauce with lots of grilled crunchy vegetables – delicious!

Penne Pasta with Tiger Prawns

Brian ordered the Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon with veggies and mushrooms that were to-die-for.  The filet was accented with a very unique bar-be-que sauce that was wicked good!  Brian ended up getting two little bowls of it (he may have indulged in 500 calories versus 475).

We finished the dinner with selections from their Mini Indulgences for dessert.  The meal was just right – very tasty and just the right amount of food so we didn’t end up with an uncomfortable food-baby feeling on the way home.

I must point out that the meal I enjoyed at lunch with my dear friend last week (the Maui Tuna Crunch Salad) really rocked my world too – and I can’t wait to have it again!  The presentation was a lot of fun – they deliver an empty plate and the salad comes in a big hurricane-style plastic container and then they “release” the salad slowly from its confinement to fall onto your plate in front of you.  Very nice.  I wanted to clap or something.

Maui Crunch Tuna Salad

While dining at Seasons 52 is not a cheap meal, it also wasn’t as pricey as we had expected so we were very happy to see when the bill arrived that it was a good $20 – $30 less than anticipated.  By Bethesda standards, it was downright affordable.

I may not have much in the coming weeks to say about other restaurants in the area because frankly, I’m kinda hooked on Seasons 52!  Lunch anyone?     ~Amy

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