What has happened to 5 Seasons Brewing? That’s what I thought to myself a couple minutes into my dinner on a recent evening. That’s not how I was expecting to feel. You see, I’ve long been a fan of 5 Season’s Brewing, but thus far I’d only visited the Prado location.
But I had a meeting and my dining partner suggested we dine at the newly opened 5 Seasons Westside location and enjoy their rooftop deck with the beautiful views of the Atlanta Skyline. Great choice, or so I thought.
I arrived early and not being exactly sure about which beer I wanted (the offerings differ from the Prado location) I started questioning our server. I can’t quote verbatim what she said to me but it was something to the effect of she wasn’t really a beer drinker, so she wasn’t really good at recommending beers. Ok, so I understand beer isn’t everybody’s thing, but if you are gonna work at a restaurant that brews beers, shouldn’t ya at least know a little about the beers?
She did offer to bring me some samples, the first a Belgian white beer named Venus that was a little too bitter for me, and the second, was a sweeter beer, GA Peach Wheat, with peach bits in it. Although it sounds strange, it was actually quite good and not overly sweet as one might suspect.
Next we were ready to order food. I knew I wanted the alligator egg rolls immediately. What is it with me and these strange egg rolls lately? The egg rolls were perfect with a good amount of alligator meat and cabbage, complete with a crispy shell. And the special soy dipping sauce was an excellent compliment. However, these were like 2 large egg rolls sliced in half. Not sure if I would want to pay the $8 price tag again.
For mains, I struggled to pick something out. I truly love the Granny Serrano pizza (pizza with apples, ham and onions). But thought I should order something different. My dining companion went with the fish and chips- cod and fries. I asked a couple questions about the menu but again, our server seemed clueless. My eyes came across a rabbit entree that said “rabbit chilaquiles” which I hadn’t heard of. I asked our server who had no idea and didn’t look like she cared to find out either.
So, I took my chances with this rabbit dish. I looked up the dish online later and found that chilaqulies are actually a quite common Mexican dish, though not often served with rabbit. The traditional dish would be tortillas cut into pieces a fried, which would then be served topped with a red or green salsa, with shredded chicken or pork on top and some sour cream.
However, this meal was a twist on that because it tasted like there wasn’t a sauce per se, but a spicy sweet potato mash atop the chips, which was then topped with the rabbit. I liked the first few bites, but the soggy chips on the bottom of the plate just weren’t appealing after more than a couple bites. I later found that this dish is especially great for the use of stale chips – good to know!
But the cod that my companion had was thoroughly enjoyable. And the fries were tasty too – albeit a tad less crispy than I would have preferred. At this point, we knew better than to ask for a recommendation on dessert. We ordered the fried ice cream. It turned out to be very good, even if it did take them about 15 minutes to get it to us.
I think the food could be better and they definitely need to work on educating their servers. But, I’m not ready to dismiss 5 Seasons yet, I think there’s still hope for them.
1000 Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
404 875 3232