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Re: “Review: 5 Seasons Westside

Wow--is CatLong a paid shill, an employee, or just delusional? Posting the same opinion 3 times doesn't make it any truer...!

I'd love to say I've enjoyed 5 Westside, but I can't.

I'm a huge fan of Crawford's, going back to Dogwood Brewing, but he really isn't delivering; many of the beers, as Besha mentioned, lack character and overlap too much in terms of style. I was there a month ago and I think there were 5 different wheat variants; I love wheats, but got the sampler and had difficulty picking out which was which.

To be honest, though, I don't think beer has ever been 5 Seasons strong point. They've always been decent, but rarely adventurous or distinctive, so I was psyched when Crawford and then Kevin joined the team. Unfortunately, Crawford's previous attempts in the North location were often bold, but sometimes rough (his many barrel-aged brews; I think these impress some people due to their strong flavors, but they're over-the-top palette-crushers). I know he and Kevin are great brewers, though, and hope to see some amazing offerings from them both.

As for the rest--service has been terrible every time I've been there; 10-15 minutes to get drinks with few tables and lots of servers, 20 minutes to get a check or get it picked-up. The food hasn't been bad, but simply lackluster; nothing that would make me return.

The building is huge and overly ambitious; it's cavernous and can feel alienating. It could've been half as big and still felt very spread-out--most people probably don't realize it stretches from a rooftop patio, to the outdoor patio, all the way down to a beer cellar area.

Finally, there have been lots of rumors around Crawford and Dennis Lange splitting over how to run the new location; supposedly Dennis has all but written it off, as he thinks Crawford doesn't know how to manage the place and is better served focusing on beer. The menus and executions are diverging between the locations, which is diluting the concept and the brand.

I wish them well, but haven't seen any improvements, despite lots of critical feedback from many corners.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2009 at 8:18 AM

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