Fleming’s (Tampa)

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Day of the Week: Saturday, 3/9
Total Bill: $61.95 (before tip)
Breakdown: 1 soup, 2 small plates, 1 dessert, 1 drink
Verdict: Fleming’s is more than just steaks.

She says:
When we first started going to Fleming’s a few years ago, we always sat in the bar and had burgers because the menu was very “steakhouse” (steaks, wedge salad, etc.). Hubby doesn’t eat beef and I’m not the carnivore I used to be, so there wasn’t a lot for us on the regular menu and what was there felt overpriced. However, over the last 18 months or so, Fleming’s has broadened their menu. During the same time period, several staff we knew well at Roy’s migrated across the parking lot to Fleming’s, giving us an additional reason to go. Then a blogger I follow on Twitter visited recently and her write-up really made me hungry! After Hunahpu’s Day, I needed a change from beer, food trucks, camping out in a line, and McDonald’s cheeseburgers at 4 AM. So I made Hubby take me to Fleming’s.

Fortunately, our good friend was working that night. (And I do mean working. She was a human drink machine, it was crazy.) We hadn’t seen her in ages. She was doing all the drinks for the tables, so another bartender, Matt, actually waited on us and he did a great job. The bar was pretty busy but he took care of us. (He’s waited on us before and is always so nice.)

I started with a Vesper (“Enjoyed by a debonair British secret agent before he was shaken, not stirred; Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lillet Blanc and Grey Goose Vodka”), which I think was $12 (they comped a couple of our drinks). Hubby had something but neither of us can remember what it was. Matt did a great job with my drink. Hubby enjoyed whatever it was he got.

I wasn’t super hungry (I was tired more than anything else), so I ordered French onion soup ($9.95) and pan crisped pork belly ($15.50), which I had been thinking about since I read Tracy’s blog. The soup is a very generous portion and was quite delicious with a nice lemon undertone that really lightened the dish. The pork belly was perfect. It was a lot less fatty than other pork belly I’ve had and was perfectly cooked. The pork belly is served with “creamy goat cheese grits and sweet onion chutney.” The grits were an excellent consistency for the dish (a little thicker than traditional grits so they didn’t run on the plate) and very tasty. The chutney is a welcome accent because it cuts some of the richness of the pork belly and grits.

Hubby had the housemade burrata served with arugula in a “pistachio-lemon balsamic vinaigrette,” roasted grape tomatoes, and crostini ($12). In case you’ve never encountered burrata, it’s made from mozzarella and cream, so it’s basically really creamy, soft mozzarella. We first had it at The Foundation Room in Vegas and fell in love with it pretty hard (they served theirs with fried green tomatoes – absolutely out of this world). Hubby said it was delicious and ate all of it (except for the veggies, of course).

Hubby also had a Napa refresher ($12.50), which is “Square One Organic Basil Vodka, pineapple juice, fresh lime and fresh basil leaves.” It was good, and refreshing, but we’re not sure why it’s called “Napa” since it has no grapes or wine. Maybe because Fleming’s likes to tout their wine selection? Regardless, it was tasty.

For dessert, I ordered the almond soufflé ($7.95), which is a seasonal offering. According to Tracy’s blog, this is “A light frozen Amaretto soufflé with toasted almonds, cinnamon graham cracker crust, fresh blueberry sauce, whipped cream and cocoa nib.” The frozen aspect didn’t come through for me and I also found it to be a little too sweet. I wouldn’t get it again. However, I had a cappuccino, which was fantastic.

We’re excited about Fleming’s new menu offerings. Not only have they added some less “steakhouse” items, they’ve added small plates, which is great for when you’re just not in the mood to chow down on a big ol’ hunk of beef. Fleming’s continues to have a great cocktail selection, good service, and a beautiful ambiance. This is one of our go-to restaurants for a relaxing, reliable meal.

He says:
We went to Fleming’s the other day and it was really good. I’m not a steak eater and I still like this place. It was a snack and drink type visit so this will probably be short. I had a Napa refresher which was a cucumber-based drink and it was very good. A lot of good fresh flavors and more than enough booze in it.

I had the burrata app which was fantastic. A large portion of fresh, soft, creamy and delicious burrata in a small mason jar. It came with toast points that are lightly buttered and maybe have a little garlic and salt on them. On the side there is a large portion of roasted tomatoes with some olive oil on them and a mound of arugula with an Italian dressing on it. Any combination of these sides will do, but plain burrata on toast is my favorite.

The wife had French onion soup which I don’t eat due to the beef broth, and she also had the new pork belly app. The pork belly app was fantastic, lean, soft, and almost creamy in texture. It is definitely a great hit for the app menu.

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About the couple: We are thirtysomethings. We’ve known each other since 2001 when we were in college together and we got married in 2009. About the wife: She’s been an accountant since 2004 and loves numbers maybe a little too much. She eats and cooks and bakes and drinks and constantly has to watch her weight because of it. About the husband: He’s a government employee… for 9 years… he likes nice people who don’t talk too much and FOOD!!! He’s a fatty who loves beer, wine and clear spirits. He likes to cook, usually stuff that is too hard for him but usually turns out well. he tries to watch his weight as it goes by at the speed of light but can’t seem to see it… oh and he loves the Wifey. she rocks.
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