SOAP v19 @ Fleming’s Steakhouse Chicago (05.13.2017)
Steak: 4.0…Bone-In Ribeye…duh! I really liked my steak. It was cooked perfectly, it was GREAT quality meat and had a great crust on it. Paired with my standard-order of Bearnaise sauce and it was an extremely rewarding steak. Ok, here’s my anti-rant (i.e., not a rant!)….Fleming’s is not a chain. I hate that term…”chain”…Fleming’s is just a restaurant with numerous locations. Outback is a chain. We don’t go to Outback for SOAP. Fleming’s, with its numerous locations as a fine dining steakhouse, means they have extremely high standards for their processes, including the grilling of their steaks. Hence why it was such a great steak, because it has the company’s high standards behind it. Have no fear when visiting Fleming’s in any city…it is a great multi-location steakhouse similar to the likes of Morton’s and The Palm.
Starters/Sides: 4.5…We went heavy on the starters and sides and they were fantastic. Burrata, Slab-Cut Bacon for starters…and creamed spinach, crispy brussel sprouts, macaroni & cheese w/ lobster, sauteed mushrooms AND the Fleming’s potatoes. Burrata is the best food concept of the last few years. I’m sure it existed prior to that and i’m sure it was damn good, but now it is everywhere (seasonally of course) and it is double-damn good! Slab-cut bacon…not as good as Prime & Provision’s bacon, but a close tie for 2nd with most other slab cut bacon offerings…c’mon, you can’t have a bad bacon (well, unless it’s beggin’ strips…dogs don’t even know it’s not bacon). For the sides, the “standards” we got were all great. As we try and look for that one stand-out marquee/unique side dish, we had no problem finding that with the Fleming’s Potatoes…BOOM. Get these…just do it. They were fantastic.
Ambiance: 3.0…The double-floor setup works. The lower level draws locals and tourists off the street with their big windows and vibrant bar scene, while you are then whisked upstairs for a private dining floor. My only issue is that it didn’t have that unique interiors draw that made you leave with a lasting visual memory. If I was shown 2 pictures of the dining room right now, I don’t know if i’d guess right on the first try.
Drinks: 3.5…I was greeted at the door with an Old Fashioned…only because we were late due to the Chop Chicago snafu. I continued to drink the Old Fashioned cocktails thru the evening, and they were very good. Not high-end cocktail bar good, but good. And not low-end bright-red maraschino cherry bad…not anywhere even close to that. Just overall a really good cocktail! The table shared some bottles of wine: CS Avalon. **Insert something about red wine here** -> The tannins were off the hook. Note: Yes, I left in my reminder on purpose, and no, what are tannins? The rest of the table seemed to enjoy the wine, so good pick table-sommelier.