Tuesday, January 8, 2013

LUNCH BITES: A Revisit to SEASONS 52 MIAMI


As luck would have it, my lunch at SEASONS 52 on Miracle Mile coincided with their launch of a revamped menu. For the "seasoned" veterans, you will be happy that their signature flatbreads and staple sandwiches, salads and burgers have remained (with some new additions), but more interestingly an enticing Soft Taco section has been added, as well as a separate section for sides like Tamale Tots (yum).

Maintaining their seasonal and healthy edge (nothing is fried and all dishes are under 475 calories), the flavor abounds as much as my first visit to this chain's location almost exactly (coincidentally) a year ago (Reviewed Here). Exciting to my tongue was the special Mahi Mahi (pictured) with a charred crisp that melted into tender but fleshy morsels. Devoid of any fishy bite, the mellow meat was amplified by a festive corn and bean salad, punctuated with juicy grape tomatoes and wilted greens. A thoughtful dollop of fresh guacamole studded with crunchy root vegetable straws decadently crowned the Mahi monument. My side order (also a daily special and pictured) of sweet and sturdy roasted yellow beets could not have been more compatible if they had been integrated to my main dish.

I don't know - nor do I need to know - how Seasons 52 upholds such quality control of food and service (also impecable) not only as a national chain, but consistently in the same location. "Third time's a charm" need not apply, as I have already been twice enchanted by the fine fare at this truly seasonal spot.

Seasons 52
321 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL
305.442.8552

Photo by Rebecca Kritzer