Flemings Steakhouse - what to order?
I have been a server at Flemings for 7 years. :) Aside from a 16 oz. ribeye, there is also a 22 oz. bone in cut that is very popular. All dressings, sauces and marinades are made in house.
My personal choices include appetizers of ahi tuna (blackened, and seared rare, with a spicy mustard sauce), calamari (done with a sweet chile/asian-y style sauce) french onion soup, and carpaccio. Here in the south, people are partial to the wedge of iceberg salad, with Maytag blue cheese, but I do not really see any of the salads as standouts. Plus, I don't care for blue cheeses.
Side dishes are large and family style; I typically reccommend 2-3 for a table of four. I like the creamed corn (a little spicy, and gratineed with gruyere/parmesan), as well as the house potatoes, a twist on au gratin, with jalapeno and cheddar cheese. Things like sauteed spinach, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, etcetera, are done in typical steakhouse fashion.
Ribeye is a little rich for my tastes, but that is on a totally personal level; I prefer a strip for a beef option. Alot of people are tempted by the Flemington, a personalized beef wellington type thing, but I am not at all impressed, especially if you have had truly good beef wellington elsewhere. The veal and pork chops are often overlooked, but both excellent choices.
Desserts are varied and all good, but nothing terribly fancy. We do good creme brulee, and a very homey peach cobbler, with a crumbly top and blue bell vanilla ice cream. People go gaga for the chocolate lava cake, which is a liquid center chocolate cake served with pstachios and ice cream, but I am a chowhound who appreciates more intense (less sweet) chocolate desserts if I am thus indulging.
We have a very extensive wine list; and offer the option of flights of wine, which are a nice choice for first timers. Your server should be able to help you find some nice pairings.
Have a great time, and prepare for alot of food!
best non-meat options:
apps: wicked cajun barbecue shrimp or seared ahi
salads: they're pretty standard and decent, depends on your preferences
mains: no contest here, the 'tuna mignon' is fantastic! [they also do a pretty good broiled lobster tail.]
sides: you MUST order the sauteed mushrooms and the onion rings
dessert: always a disappointment there. skip it, unless they have very fresh berries with whipped cream.
see their web site for detailed menu descriptions...
I am a Flemings freak. Dh and I go there several times a week (as it is our regular watering hole) and eat there every 7-10 days. We have a lot of experience with the menu. I agree with tritecliche on the ahi tuna and the French onion soup and carpaccio. I find the calamari heavy, but it's good for a large group. I also highly recommend the crabcakes. I also agree with him/her that the salad is the weakest link and with his/her overall recommendations. My dessert recommendation is the key lime pie or the cheesecake (and I am not generally a fan of cheesecake). Hubby and I often share the NY strip and a couple of sides. They do a great job with the baked potato and I also have a fondness for the chipotle mac and cheese and have been known to get it for my entree.
The food and service are outstanding. We are Magnum Club members and for us it's one of the best places on earth.
re: Janet from Richmond
Am I the only one that really had a bad experience at Flemings? The fillet was tough,the service was far from wonderful, and the prices were very high for all that. Give me Ruths Chris anytime, although I am not a bit steak eater, and would much rather go to a restarunt where I can order something that is different other then meat and potatoes.
re: Janet from Richmond
One time, I ordered the Caesar salad at Flemmings and it came with the lemon vinaigrette rather than the standard creamy dressing. I enjoyed the combination so much that I've asked for that preparation ever since. The shavings of Parmesan cheese add enough cream and the vinaigrette adds a nice tang.
re: Indy 67
Well, we went to Flemings last Saturday night, basically a free meal since I used Am Ex rewards. I'm so glad we didn't spend $100+ out of our own pocket. We ordered the petite fillet, lamb chops, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and 2 glasses of wine.... $110.00. Everything was over salted. The place was super loud. I could have done the whole thing better at home for a fraction of the cost. I think it's a nice franchise, as franchises go... many people think it's fine cuisine. My husband and I rate it mediocre.
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. We went last night. I have to say that I was underwhelmed. We started off with an appetizer cheese platter. This is something I might order again. Good selection of 3 cheeses, pate, dried fruit, olives, mustard, procuitto, and salami. I would not however go to Flemings just to have this.
Daughter and husband are meat eaters so both ordered the 22oz bone-in rib eye. Daughter loved it. Hubby said it was good but not the best he's ever had and for the price not worth it. Along with thier steaks they ordered the potatoes augratin with jalepenos and also the mashed. Augratin potatoes were good but the jalapenos overwhelmed. The mashed were very good but again nothing to make me want to have to go to Flemings. They also ordered the asparagas and they were ok.
I ordered the flemings salad. What a disappointment. The menu says mixed greens and I guess I should have asked for specifics but it was iceberg with romaine and a few spinach leaves. Maybe I'm under a different impression but I always assume that mixed greens means not iceberg or romaine. I also ordered the sauted spinach that was very good.
We shared creme brule which had an assortment of berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries) on top and a side of whipped cream. Creme brule was good, berries were very sweet, and whipped cream was excellent. I have to say that this would be the only thing that might get me back...well and my daughter, for whatever reason this is her favorite restaurant.
All in all I don't see what all the fuss is about.
I went to the Houston Post Oak location.
I wish I could have ordered your suggestions. This was daughter's event. She just got her first big job and was taking us out as a thank you. When I made the original post I didn't know that she would be ordering for us. She so wanted to be adult and didn't even want us looking at the menu. We had a wonderful evening in spite of the average food. I'm sure we will go again...it is her favorite...and next time I'll be able to try the tuna.