Chicagoland foodies love nothing more than a good restaurant opening. Will we FINALLY find the perfect entree or dessert to surpass all others? The buzz around Seasons 52 Fresh Bar & Grill has been building ever since the first construction crews arrived on-scene at the former Bennigan’s Schaumburg location, just west of Streets of Woodfield. Happily, I think the restaurant is living up to its hype. Seasons 52 is a refreshing dining option for the northwest suburban market, focusing on a weekly evolving menu showcasing dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. My exploratory visit allowed me to sample shrimp & crab stuffed mushrooms which arrived in a delightful escargot dish (pictured), tiger shrimp penne loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light herb sauce, plus a mango-cheesecake dessert shooter to top off the meal. The surprising standout was the tomato basil flatbread we shared (pictured). Very basic, yet deliciously executed with plump juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil on super-crisp crust. It arrives to your table on a long rectangular plank, and is plentiful enough to share or order as an entrée. Fresh may be redundant, but that’s exactly what one would expect from the name right? This would also be a great place to take family, friends, or clients who may be on restricted diets. The menu allows the quality of the foods to speak for themselves, without adding additional salt or heavy sauces. I look forward to my next visit to delve more into their extensive wine list and maybe enjoy some live music in the bar. I predict Seasons 52 will be a flat-out winner for more than just their outstanding flatbread, but also their ever-changing & approachable menu.
-Amanda, 32, Carpentersville