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Revisit: 5 Seasons at the Prado

photo-5This is a fish.

It’s kind of hard to tell from the picture, which was taken with only the light of a votive candle, but let me tell you: this is one delicious fish.

It is a striped bass that was grilled on the bone util the flesh flaked and the skin crisped, then it was showered with slithery pieces of pepper and onion and capped with a flurry of lively, pungent fresh parsley.

This fish was a special one recent evening at the 5 Seasons Brewing Company at the Prado in Sandy Springs.

I had not been since the Prado had been refashioned from a weird entity on a hill into a major suburban mall with all the attendant flashy signs, bright lights and massive parking deck. The odd charm of the outdoor setting of the 5 is gone, but thankfully it remains inside.

I wish I liked the 5 Seasons Westside more because it’s a lot closer to where I work and play. (I’ve never been to the Alpharetta location.) But I find the new construction of the place a bit too sterile and empty — without that sticky, pubby warmth that makes the original 5 such an old friend. Also, I never have found any food I much liked at the Westside location after a couple of visits. With Bocado, Abattoir and Flip Burger Boutique close by, I haven’t been too tempted to keep exploring.

Menawhile, the specials menu at the original location keeps getting better and better. Chef Melvin Toledo cooks with the kind of finesse that makes you feel good about paying restaurant prices in a pub setting.

Can anyone tell me what to order at the Westside 5? Or any great specials to look for next time I’m up at the Prado?

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February 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

The beer/cheese soup at the Westside 5 is very good, and it comes with a lump of crabmeat in the center. I always get the spent grain boule for $1 which comes with some nice salted butter, and I’ve had a couple of burgers that were very good, the beef one and the antelope. Sweet potato fries are better than the regular ones. It’s close to where I work, too, so I’ll probably go back often.


February 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

Saying you like the BBQ from a place that doesn’t specialize in it is probably a good way to invite controversy, but I’ll go ahead and put my head on the chopping block and say that I had the Pork BBQ Sandwich here for lunch a few days ago and really liked it. I agree with Foodgeek. The sweet potato fries are good and so is the spent grain bread. But like many, I’m not crazy about the interior. Very noisy and kind of stark and uncomfortable. Several interiors of newly-built restaurants look like furniture showrooms to me rather than inviting places to hang out, and this is one.

CJ Hardaway

February 24th, 2010
4:40 pm

My wife MUST have the Kari-Kari app everytime we go to 5SB Prado. Is goes nicely with the Scotch Ale currently on draft.

Bob Titelman

February 24th, 2010
6:59 pm

I like everything I’ve had at 5 Westside. I especially like the pretzel, and anything on the specials list.
Last time had blackened ostrich tostada off the specials, was great.
Actually prefer food here to Prado.

The Cynthia

February 25th, 2010
9:26 am

Typo: Third paragraph, first sentence, ‘util’ could use an ‘n’.


February 25th, 2010
10:30 am

it may seem nitpicky, but every time i have been to 5 seasons prado, the place has been absolutely *freezing*. yes, the food is good, but after more than one occasion of eating my meal in a coat and scarf, i associate meals at 5 seasons with discomfort (and will not return as a result).


February 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

I’ve never been to 5 Seasons Westside, but I have a fondness for the Prado location because of their burgers. As a child/teenager, I was restricted to certain foods because of chronic kidney failure. At 19 years old I was scheduled for a kidney transplant as a precursor to dialysis. The week before my surgery, my dad took me to 5 Seasons at the Prado and introduced me to their phenomenal burgers – burgers so good that you don’t NEED condiments, just the taste of the beef and the succulent juices running down your chin. Ever since that week it’s been a nice little tradition with my dad and I to have a burger at 5 Seasons Prado every now and then.

These days, my family and I celebrate all of our “major” events at 5 seasons. Every year I treat my kidney donor to a fabulous dinner at 5 Seasons Prado, and when my mom turned 60 we all threw a surprise party with the owner of the restaurant.

The food is phenomenal, the owner is a fantastic person, and the atmosphere is very nice – somewhere between the down-home-brewpub and the “fancy dining” restaurant, where you’re not ashamed to wear jeans and a nice button-down.

Sometimes the air conditioning is on a little high, but overall I like 5 Seasons Prado. The people are friendly, the food is good, and I’m glad they survived when the mall around them went “upscale-crazy”…I liked the feel of the “mall” when the 5 Seasons was just tucked away in the back by a wooded office park area.


February 25th, 2010
2:52 pm

I actually like the Alpharetta location better. The quail, Duck 3 ways and the yakitori lamb chops are excellent and the weren’t on the menu at the Prado location the last time I was there.

John Kessler

February 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

What a great story, Jessica. Thanks for sharing.