Of course Darden has never been noted as a really good operator, nor had success making new concepts work. They do a great job getting the touchpoints aligned with a concept. Season 52 is a big departure from this approach.
The exterior of Season 52 is modern and sleek, not a gaudy Disneyland restaurant. Too austere? Possibly. Inside is another story, and this is the company's strength. It is clean, high quality, open and casual.
We enjoyed Garlic Chicken Flatbread and Oak Grilled Buffalo Burger. The flatbread was very well balanced, delicious. The burger was served absolutely plain, perfectly cooked, with some really delicious house made condiments on the side.
Service was unusually good. The server asked our names and used them throughout the meal. Kind of borderline patronizing, you know: "Paul and Mary, would you like more water now?" but she did a great job of expediting things when we told her we were in a hurry. You could see how difficult it was for her to not follow the service steps she wanted to use.
I would go back here again.
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