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UTC adding another restaurant - Seasons 52

RB Hound Apr 17, 2012 07:25 PM

Sounds like UTC is moving to be a place to go get healthier food, especially lunch:


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  1. Josh RE: RB Hound Apr 17, 2012 08:00 PM

    That's one heck of a nice press release.

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    1. re: Josh
      RB Hound RE: Josh Apr 17, 2012 08:42 PM

      A more subtle Wolfgang article.

      I'm sort of curious how many mall shoppers they catch with this and Tender Greens. Probably more of a UTC business crowd type of draw.

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      daantaat RE: RB Hound Apr 17, 2012 10:21 PM

      I am quite happy for the addition, along w/ Tender Greens.

      1. bizzwriter RE: RB Hound Apr 18, 2012 08:47 AM

        In related news, UTC is also adding an upscale Arclight Cinema where you can make advance reservations for actual seats. Arclights also include a cafe where you can buy bistro-ish food (salads, "gourmet" olives, cheese plates, etc.) plus a bar that hawks wine, beer, and Arclight's "signature" martinis, among other alcohol-laden concoctions.

        1. phee RE: RB Hound Apr 18, 2012 09:35 AM

          I've eaten at Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza, and really liked it. Very fresh, local fare, nice ambiance and service. With the addition of Arclight Cinema, this makes UTC a viable option for much more than just shopping. I've never been that fond of the restaurants in the area.

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            jayporter RE: phee Apr 18, 2012 10:03 AM

            Phee: Can you share any information about the "local" aspect of what they're doing at South Coast -- I looked on the website for Session 52 national and couldn't find any hint that they were buying local stuff, and given that they are a national chain operated by the Olive Garden/Red Lobster people it would be a fairly notable development if they have locations that are sourcing local produce. Did they give any details about their local sourcing? Thanks - J

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              phee RE: jayporter Apr 18, 2012 11:29 AM

              We were told by our server that the chef and manager at each Seasons 52 have free reign to shop locally for produce, mostly, and some proteins. It's one of the reasons their menu changes frequently. My concern is usually in the area of seafood - I'm fussy as to whether it's farmed or wild - so we stuck to the salad/veggie options. We're due for a South Coast Plaza trip this summer, so I'll definitely ask about the proteins when we go.

              On a completely other note, their "mini indulgences" desserts are delicious. :)

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                jayporter RE: phee Apr 18, 2012 11:33 AM

                Thanks for the info. I hope their local chefs and managers take advantage of that free rein in this location, our local producers could use the support.

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              littlestevie RE: phee Apr 18, 2012 10:43 AM

              Being owned by Darden isn't a complete death knell. Eddie V's got bought out by them and they still have a lot of control over their food. I suppose it matters if they were developed by Darden or they bought them out.

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              mikec RE: RB Hound Feb 14, 2013 02:51 PM

              Just tried this for lunch and thought it was very solid, not great. Nice ambience, good service. We split a garlic flatbread that was a bit cracker-ish for my taste. Wife had the shrimp and penne pasta with a side of slaw, I had the steak tacos, all good. And two of their mini-desserts which were also good.

              Not awesomely great, but solid with decent atmosphere and service. Much, much better than Tru Food in Mission Valley.

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                daantaat RE: RB Hound Feb 14, 2013 09:19 PM

                Went there for dinner. Ok food but nothing to write home about, except that roasted beets and wasabi dip do not go together. Wasabi completely overwhelms the beets. All I could hear in my head was Tom Colicchio saying, "these don't go together."

                Flatbread w/ roasted veggies and feta was what one would expect, no "wow" or "interesting" factor.

                For their price point and style of food, I'd rather go to Tender Greens, which is cheaper.

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                  royaljester RE: daantaat Mar 17, 2013 02:24 AM

                  Tender Greens also has Professor Cane. ^^

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                  karaethon RE: RB Hound Jun 19, 2013 11:29 AM

                  I went yesterday for work and I had a horrible experience.

                  I ordered the "lunch special" flat iron steak (medium rare) salad for $16. When it arrived the first time, half of the lettuce was completely wilted. When I sent this back, I was told that "this type of lettuce is just like that" (hydroponic bibb lettuce). When I asked if I can just get mixed greens (because I saw someone else at the table had that type of salad and it was fresh), they said that was ok. When the 2nd salad arrived, the lettuce had become romaine instead. Again, half the romaine lettuce was wilted. Since I was with a group, I begrudgingly picked out the lettuce that was okay and only ate that. Oh yeah, the "medium rare" steak seemed to be hard as if it was removed from a refrigerator and "reheated"

                  This is hardly the experience I would expect for a $16 lunch entree. I would also never expect the wait staff to question if the customer knew about different types of lettuce and how fresh they should be...

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                    cstr RE: karaethon Jun 19, 2013 12:28 PM

                    Romaine is like iron, can't imagine how long it had to be out to wilt.

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                      karaethon RE: cstr Jun 19, 2013 12:36 PM


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