Seasons 52 Fresh-Grill by Ray Raposo

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We love Miami Spice and visit numerous restaurants around town during the August to September promotion every year.

Four of us visited Seasons 52 Fresh-Grill on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables on a Saturday night to try out their version of Miami’s cuisine showcase.
Seasons 52, if you aren’t familiar with it, features a reasonably priced Menu change four times a year to reflect the “Season” of year we’re are currently in. Recently they changed to their “Fall” or Harvest Menu. 
In a twist on Miami Spice, Seasons 52 has created its own version, their Harvest Menu from September 26 to November 22 with a special price of just $29.00. That is a terrific price point, specially considering that many entées could cost almost that much by themselves. Their regular menu is quite extensive, and you can order anything you desire, however we concentrated here on the smaller Harvest Menu selections.
 
The Harvest Menu features a 3-course meal with choices for Starters (soup or salad), Entrée and Dessert. They also feature Wines by the glass for $6.
 
For the soup Starters the choices were Roasted Butternut Squash or Porcini Mushroom Bisque. We all selected soups and can attest they were all delicious, specially the savory Mushroom Bisque that I ordered, it was delicious. And while we did not try the 2 Salads offered; they were Spinach or Field Greens, we did get a side dish of roasted Brussel sprouts.
The five featured Entées were Maple Glazed All-Natural Roasted Half Chicken, Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmon, Wood-Grilled Filet Mignon, Boneless Beef Short Rib and Braised Australian Lamb Shank. Of the ones we ate, the Roasted Salmon was quite tasty and the vegetables that came with it were very good too. The Filet Mignon was cooked well as ordered and was flavorful and tender, and while not the best I ever had, it was pretty close. The Filet came with a flavorful mashed potatoes with a mushroom gravy and some large broccoli spears. Not fearing as well to our taste was the Lamb Shank with its bone, while well cooked, the texture was a bit less appealing.  
 
For Dessert the listed choices were of their Mini Indulgences of either Pumpkin Pie or Carrot Cake, but in reality we were offered any of their desserts we wanted to choose. They also include Pecan Pie, Belgian Chocolate S’mores, Mocha Macchiato, Key Lime Pie to name a few. Their Mini desserts are served on a small tubular glass and are just enough of a sweet treat at the end of a meal. We all tried different ones, all are very good, there are no bad choices.
 
As for the wines, they feature a huge selection. Our party ordered both a glass of red and white, they were fine as was the Cosmopolitan, the Coke and the waters with lemon.
We have visited Seasons 52 many times over the years and have always had delicious meals and very good service. My only slight complaint on this visit was that the two servings of Salmon came out at least 5 minutes before the other two meals, something pretty unusual at most good restaurants. There was no explanation as to why this occurred, and although it wasn’t a real big deal to us, other guests might have been annoyed. 
 
Seasons 52 has a lovely ambiance and atmosphere. It features a large, yet cosy main seating area, it also has a smaller section on the right as well as a more private room with a table for a larger group. It has as well a classy bar area with some booths surrounding it. The staff is always very friendly and accommodating, and you never feel rushed. Besides dinner, they are also open daily for lunch.
 
A side note: As far as the re-designing of Miracle Mile… The new streets and sidewalk construction on Miracle Mile, which has been going on for over a year is starting to show signs of being completed. The wide colored brick paver sidewalks are finished on several blocks, they now offer paralleled parking instead of the angular parking of times past. The cars actually park on part of the paved sidewalks, separated by large white urns, and you buy time from a central stand rather than the old parking meters. There are a few artistic seating cement areas finished in the same white color as the urns. The dividing medians and the actual asphalt streets, which now might be just one lane in each direction, are yet to be completed. For the sake of all the merchants and the patrons of The Mile, let’s hope it turns out to be lovely when completed, although I’m not holding out any hope for the rush-hour(s) traffic backups with the new re-designed lanes.
 
Seasons 52 is located at 321 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. You can call for reservations at 305-444-8552, or opentacle.com or check out their very nice website that shows their full menu at: Seasons52.com

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