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happy hour -- fleming's

hotoynoodle Sep 9, 2009 05:03 AM

i haven't seen this on here yet, but it's a good deal. fleming's in park square is doing a "5 for 6 til 7" promotion only at the bar during september.

we had the prime cheddar bacon burgers and the crab cakes. other steakhouses do better crabcakes, but these were still good, with lots of sweet crabmeat, and the burgers are prime beef, were cooked just right and meltingly tender. burgers also came with 2 of their giant crunchy onion rings, lettuce and tomato.

of all the steak joints around town, this one might be my least favorite, but a martini and a giant burger all for $15 works for me!

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    treb Sep 9, 2009 07:03 AM

    Flemings used to have a $2.95 burger special between 3&6pm. They also had other items available as well for $2.95. Can you elaborate what the 5 for 6 means.

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    1. re: treb
      hotoynoodle Sep 9, 2009 07:22 AM

      5 plates, 5 cocktails, 5 wines by the glass each for $6, till 7:00

      here's the menu:

      WHITE COSMO, Ketel One Vodka
      APPLETINI, Grey Goose Vodka
      FLEMING'S CLASSIC, Ketel One Vodka
      MARGATINI, Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila
      TROPICAL MARTINI, Malibu Coconut Rum

      PINOT GRIGIO, Redbank, Australia
      CHARDONNAY, Glen Carlou, South Africa
      PINOT NOIR, Mark West, California
      PETITE NOIR, Vinum, California
      CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 14 Hands, Washington

      TENDERLOIN CARPACCIO, Creole Mustard Sauce
      SEARED AHI TUNA, Spicy Mustard Sauce
      JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES, Red Pepper Sauce

      NEW FLEMING'S PRIME BURGER, Cheese and Bacon

      Each Selection $6. Served Nightly Until 7PM.

      1. re: hotoynoodle
        Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 9, 2009 08:12 AM

        that sounds cool, but I wonder how did they get around the Horrible Law of Massachusetts Oppression that disallows (I thought) any discount on drink prices at any point in the day (heaven forbid the mention of "Happy Hour" lest one be hauled off to state prison)?

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
          hotoynoodle Sep 9, 2009 08:45 AM

          i'm not 100% that the drink portion is available here. it may be just the food. other wine promos that the company are doing elsewhere are not here.

          i know stella got bagged not long ago trying to do a wine promo on either sundays or mondays. i just pasted this whole thing off the fleming's website.

          the burger was worth the trip. :)

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 9, 2009 10:46 AM

            Ah, that makes sense. Still a good deal for the food as you said.

          2. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
            MC Slim JB Sep 9, 2009 11:09 AM

            It was M.A.D.D. that got that anti-Happy Hour legislation passed in MA the mid 80s, and I still think it's a good idea. Bars still get the after-work patrons in with discounted food like the Fleming's promo. Now if you want to push for reform of our byzantine liquor distribution setup, which artificially inflates prices (on top of our current double taxation) and limits the availability of many wines and spirits, I'd be happy to support your efforts.


            1. re: MC Slim JB
              Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 9, 2009 12:21 PM

              I'm all for getting drunks off the road. I have a relative who was killed, and others injured, by drunk drivers. People who do drive drunk need to be severely punished. We seem to be the only state that is extra tough on bar owners & responsible drinkers, and simultaneously extra lenient on the actual drunk drivers.

              I think a good compromise for the bars and restaurants is to allow them to reduce prices at certain times during the day, but limit to one beverage per customer who is also ordering food. Then, people looking for a good deal such as the OP would be allowed to take advantage of the promotions that are available to customers in the 49 other states.

              I want to push for reform of the distribution *and* the taxing of alcohol, but the current trend is headed in the other direction with the sales tax being now applied to liquor.

              I also want to push for mandatory extended sentencing for drunk drivers with no parole/early release, along with permanent revocation of their driving licenses.

              Then I want to re-establish night owl bus service to be all night long, to give even less of a reason to drive after the bars close later than the T does.

              There, rant over ;)

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                PaulB Sep 10, 2009 06:12 AM

                My understanding is that drink specials are allowed in MA but only if the reduced price is offered for a minimum period of 1 week. I have seen this in action numerous places around town.

                Is MA really the only state that bans happy hour? I have to believe there are others.

                1. re: PaulB
                  MC Slim JB Sep 10, 2009 06:16 AM

                  MADD also helped get anti-happy hour laws passed in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.


                  1. re: PaulB
                    hotoynoodle Sep 10, 2009 01:58 PM

                    1 week, but must be available all day during business hours, which defeats the purpose of "happy hour" and is too much of a sticky wicket for anybody to sensibly bother.

                2. re: MC Slim JB
                  Trufflebaby Sep 9, 2009 05:02 PM

                  If you're going to start a petition to reform liquor distribution laws here in MA I'd be happy to sign! I think it's crazy that I can't get a bottle of my favorite sauvignon blanc shipped from Napa to me in Boston !

                  1. re: Trufflebaby
                    jimmydingle Sep 9, 2009 05:29 PM

                    is there a list of these somewhere?
                    i think mcormick & schmick and mortons do soemthing similar

                    1. re: jimmydingle
                      Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 9, 2009 07:05 PM

                      Mc and Sch does, you're right. They have a bar menu and the prices are great...I haven't been since about 2 years ago so I hope they still offer it. it was wonderful.

                      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                        hotoynoodle Sep 9, 2009 07:07 PM

                        m & s does one, yes, mostly fried stuff; not sure if morton's still does sliders?

                        masa does something too, but seems like everything was fried.

                        1. re: hotoynoodle
                          Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 9, 2009 07:11 PM

                          This was 2 or 3 years ago in my case, but the M&S at Faneiul Hall had burgers and mussels as choices. I specifically remember ordering both ;)

                          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                            Zatan Sep 9, 2009 08:14 PM

                            Was at the M&S in Park Plaza tonight. They do have a happy hour menu, decent prices for mediocre (what to expect??) food. With a group we had several things, since the main point was drinking it was fine that the food was not great but instead really cheap. Not likely to go again, though I did not get the burger, which is the one item I was curious about and seemed to be the best deal.

                          2. re: hotoynoodle
                            Joanie Sep 10, 2009 05:17 AM

                            Morton's has been doing a lower priced happy hour for a while. I think around $5 or 6 for crab cakes, sliders, etc. Good stuff. I think til 6 or 6:30 and then late.

                            1. re: Joanie
                              content Sep 19, 2009 09:59 AM

                              I liked their (Morton's) sliders - fat patty in a toasted bun. Yum! 3 per order.

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              silver queen Sep 10, 2009 08:04 AM

              We went last night, the burger and crab cakes were good. Certainly the best $3 crab cake I've ever had in MA! They gave us a sample of their tuna burger, and that was very nice too. We also ordered the calamari with sweet chili sauce. It was tasty, but rather soggy as they tossed the fried calamari in the sauce. It would be better with the sauce served on the side. Drinks however, were not included on the $6 special- the bartender said it was the no happy hour MA thing. However, there are glasses of wine on the menu for just a little more than $6, so it's not so bad. Cocktails are a step up in price, but seemed to be well made. All in all, a pleasant early evening and home in time for the Obama speech!

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