Saturday, July 14, 2012

Seasons and Regions

6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Happy Hour: Daily 3:30 - 5:30
Late-night Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday 8:30 - 9:30, Friday and Saturday 8:30 - 10:00, Sunday 8:00 - 9:30

I first discovered Seasons and Regions when my fiance and I were walking through the neighborhood. It's not too far from our house, but in the opposite direction we are usually headed. A lot of people know of it and speak very highly of it, but it's taken close to a year for us to try out their happy hour. I'm convinced already that we will return. They menu of cheap food on our table was titled "July Cheap Food Menu" which leads me to believe that it changes on a monthly basis. Plus, it's not typical happy hour fare. It's pretty high quality food...just in smaller amounts.

Seasons and Regions is a seafood grill but they also have a very substantial vegetarian menu. (The kid's menu is great, too. Most items are between three and six dollars...and it's more than just the typical chicken strips and cheeseburgers.) They do brunch on the weekends, lunch, dinner, and offer cheap eats twice a day. There is a one-beverage minimum when ordering from their cheap food menu but, by looking around, it was obvious that that beverage could have been any beverage (other than water, of course).


The cheap food menu contains a lot of typical seafood items...but each with something a little more unique about them. For example, they have salmon cakes instead of crab cakes. And the shrimp cocktail comes with pico de gallo, avocado, and tri-colored chips. Everything on the menu is $2.95 and there's always a dessert listed. (And if you're too full to have dessert with dinner, they'll let you break the "no to-go" rule for an extra dollar.)

Since we were turning this into dinner (and there was just one vegetarian option on this month's cheap food menu), I added a small garden salad (at only $3.50) and an order of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Rings (for just $6.50) for the two of us to share.


The salad was a lot more than I expected for the price. It came with plenty of vegetables, blue cheese crumbles, and a house-made Gorgonzola dressing. (Salad dressings, spice blends, soups, and desserts are all made in-house and are available to go.)


The onion rings were probably too much for the two of us to share. (I ended up eating a number of the onion rings without the batter just to avoid getting too full.) I love Walla Walla sweet onions (I always stop to buy a bag when driving through on my way to visit family in Idaho) and these were especially tasty with their panko crust. It made for such a good crunch.


My pasta was a mix of Cavatappi (one of my favorite pasta shapes), summer squash, and diced tomatoes combined with a fresh basil pesto cream sauce and covered with a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan. It was very delicious and seemed to be one of the favorites at the other tables on the patio.


Sitting on the patio was a little warm this afternoon (it is the hottest time of the day) but must be beyond enjoyable when the sun starts to set. But being in the heat did make me realize just how refreshing a glass of white wine would be. They do not offer any discounts on drinks during happy hour, but the prices on both wine and cocktails is not over the top like it can be at some places. Most of the wines listed on the menu are from Oregon and Washington but I did see a couple from California. I especially enjoyed that you can order a half glass of wine (which is sometimes all you want...even more so if you are trying out something new).

I can see the two of us returning to this place over and over again, even after we move out of this neighborhood. The food is great, the outdoor seating pretty remarkable, and the price is unbeatable for the quality they provide.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds

-b

Seasons & Regions

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