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Seasons 52

September 20, 2012

When Seasons 52 had opened in North Bethesda, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a restaurant where no dish was over 475 calories. Restaurants are notoriously high calorie traps — food is cooked in butter, deep-fried, sauteed in oil, then tossed in some lard for good effect. Could a restaurant really make tasty, low-cal food? Lesson learned: yes, it’s possible — but while each individual dish may be low-calorie, stack a few on top of each other, plus dessert, and you’ll walk away from Seasons 52 (happily) stuffed.

On invite from the restaurant, I stopped for a dinner filled with flatbreads and appetizers, fish and steak, and an entire platter of shot-glass-size desserts. Standout dish: blue crab, roasted shrimp and spinach stuffed mushrooms under a Parmesan-panko crust. I could have eaten a dozen; I’m glad I didn’t.

The meal was delicious from start to finish but what made it better was the exceptional service. When I told Tamu, our waiter, that I liked Sauvignon Blanc, he brought several varietals to the table to sample. When dessert came around, he honestly assessed his favorites and told us which ones to skip.

In the same vein as Founding Farmers, Eatonville and DC’s other farm-to-table restaurants, Seasons 52 brings the flavors of the season to your plate. The difference here: you know exactly what you’re getting and how much you really need to work out before going to dinner.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2012 8:06 pm

    I really like Seasons 52. And I’m still old school (or maybe just haven’t lived there in a long time) but I still call that area Rockville.

  2. September 22, 2012 8:06 am

    Seasons 52 is great! I’ve only been to the Tysons location but completely agree with you that their service is friendly [willing to go above and beyond to accommodate any need] and they serve tons of tasty dishes 🙂 P.S. Also love that it’s a seasonal menu!

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