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Review of American Seasons

American Seasons
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Ranked #17 of 144 Restaurants in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed 20 June 2014

The other half took the liberty of booking a table at American Seasons, a more up-market restaurant at the edge of downtown. Padded banquets, hand-painted murals, shutters and flickering candlelight can make for a comfortably romantic evening.

Chef Michael LaScola makes good use of the locally sourced seasonal ingredients that feature heavily on the contemporary menu. The pig ear fries (10) simply had to be ordered, and I'm glad I did. Deliciously-sticky, crispy and fatty; lightly flavoured with lime and coriander. Pity the mentioned chilli wasn't at all detected.

A confit of suckling pig (33.5) far from disappoints with its tender richness. It's topped with very boozy bourbon-soaked prunes and rests on a cushy pile of Carolina rice middlins, a concoction that's almost like grits, I believe. Scattered around the plate is some very sauerkraut-like collard greens, baby carrot and crab apples.

Similar in appearance is the tobacco-rubbed duck breast (31.5); rosy and pink with a "foiesage" leaning up against it. Foie gras sausage? Yes please. Some corn velouté adds a little earthy sweetness and a huckleberry vinaigrette splashes colour and zing across the plate.

For dessert, the flying Elvis (10.5) was ordered purely out of curiosity. There's a wedge of cookie crust topped with a crunchy peanut butter and chocolate ganache layer; topped again with torched banana and caramelised banana ice cream. It's a true celebration of sugar that left the tongue cloyed and exhausted.

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Thank heneedsfood
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had a great dinner here on a Tues nite. Food is high qualify, very interesting and delicious. The restaurant is quite attractive and comfortable. Altogether, a great night. But it is quite pricey, so keep that in mind.

Thank nycfamilyt2013
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The menu looks a little complicated but what you get in your plate is just delicious . Deserts are fantastic as well.

Thank Olga R
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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Secluded back in a neighborhood we found this outstanding restaurant. Menu was very different but offered excellent choices. Mike and I both decided to try something we had never had before.
Warm and friendly......the decor was very inviting. A bit pricey but we would do this again.

Thank carolynhall49
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Expected more from this restaurant considering all of the press and positive reviews. I knew the minute we walked in that the cold staff would have an impact on our dinner.
A group of blank faces, no personality and as if they were doing the world a favor by being in our presence. Feedback to manager- this behavior is so 1990's. Please join the 21st century by encouraging staff to be excited to serve your product and engage in each table's experience-one gets a better tip this way, it is annoying. It killed me to leave 20 percent and I usually tip well because I too was once a server.
The food was okay. Started with Charcuterie- was fine, nothing special, get better in the city or one I put together at home.
Cod special-though i did enjoy the spring vegetables, the cod lacked a good sear and the seasoning was off. The fish a little soapy in flavor.
At this point in evening, couldn't wait to leave. Did order a dessert and passed on our usual dessert wine or coffee because it was just so unpleasant.
Maybe just an off evening but not my responsibility to ask for friendly service

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Thank EliM504
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