Chicago Restaurant Week – Seasons 52

For this year’s Restaurant Week adventure, Chris and I tried out Seasons 52 last night. Seasons 52 is a chain restaurant that offers seasonally-inspired food all year long. There is even a portion of the menu that is changed out every week (hence, the 52 part). Honestly, I had only heard of this place because I remember Fitnessista raving about it waaaaay back when. Especially as part of Restaurant Week, this place did not disappoint.

Blackened steak & blue cheese flatbread with cremini mushrooms, spinach, and caramelized onions

Blackened steak & blue cheese flatbread with cremini mushrooms, spinach, and caramelized onions

Seasonal corn chowder soup

Seasonal corn chowder soup

We started off with a shared flatbread, followed by a bowl each of the seasonal soup offering. The soup came with the Restaurant Week deal, but we weren’t given a choice of what kind or any other alternatives. Not that it wasn’t fresh and yummy, but just a note for those of you who might like some more flexibility. Everything else had several choices to choose from.

Grilled chicken skewers with Fuji apple slaw, sun-dried cranberries, and toasted pumpkin seeds

Grilled chicken skewers with Fuji apple slaw, sun-dried cranberries, and toasted pumpkin seeds

Lump crab, roasted shrimp & spinach stuffed mushrooms with Parmesan-panko crust

Lump crab, roasted shrimp & spinach stuffed mushrooms with Parmesan-panko crust

These were our appetizers – Chicken skewers for him, and stuffed mushrooms for her. Midway through this course, Chris and I were both starting to get full. So much food!

Oak-grilled filet mignon with cremini mushrooms, steamed leaf spinach, mashed potatoes and red wine sauce

Oak-grilled filet mignon with cremini mushrooms, steamed leaf spinach, mashed potatoes and red wine sauce

Wood-roasted pork tenderloin & portobello with soft herb polenta, broccolini, caramelized cipollini, and roasted onion jus

Wood-roasted pork tenderloin & portobello with soft herb polenta, broccolini, caramelized cipollini, and roasted onion jus

Ah, the entrees! Chris got filet mignon and I got the pork tenderloin. Both dishes came with plenty of goodies on the side. I think if we had just gone on a regular night, these entrees would be great portions – Not so much food that you’re uncomfortable and can’t walk home, but not too little that you’re still hungry after. That being said, we were already 3 courses in at this point and were struggling, haha. I won’t even try to pretend like we finished these, because we needed to save room for…

Mini Indulgences

Mini Indulgences

…DESSERT! Seasons 52 is known for their “Mini Indulgence” desserts, which are served in shot glasses. We had 9 to choose from, ranging from key lime pie to chocolate-peanut butter mousse, and a bunch of others I can’t recall. One of the options was a fresh fruit cup to which Chris and I were both, like, yeah right (but at least there was a healthy option!). I have to say, I was super excited for this part and maybe a little let down because I thought the entire beautiful tray of options the waiter brought us was ours for the taking. Actually, we could only choose one each, which I guess I should have figured. But I get excited for sweet things :).  Anyway, Chris chose pecan pie and I got red velvet cake. Both were awesome, but we could have gone for maybe 2 glasses each to be properly satisfied.

Overall, Seasons 52 offered a great dining experience for us. For a Monday night, it was fairly crowded but not too overwhelming. The Restaurant Week menu was a GREAT deal, in my opinion. It was the $33 prix fixe option, which usually means 3 courses, but as you can see, we pretty much got 5! We had plenty of leftovers to make a full dinner tonight, too. My only small criticism would be that we had to wait a pretty long time between courses to get served the next one (at least 15-20 minutes at some point). Otherwise, totally recommended if there’s one in your area.

Anyone visit any fantastic restaurants lately or about to? Going out to eat is one of my favorite things, and I don’t do it enough! (hint, hint Chris)

~Tina

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