Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – West Hartford, CT

Last night my friends and I headed to our favorite happy hour spot, Fleming’s. A welcome addition to the local dining scene, Fleming’s is a chain with a neighborhood feel.

I’ve had the opportunity to dine at Fleming’s on several occasions. If you’re a steak and potatoes gal like me, you will be right at home here. The steaks are fabulous, cooked to perfection. Little salt, little pepper, finished off with butter and parsley. Your mouth is watering! According to my husband, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the bone-in ribeye. Although steak rules the roost, seafood has a starring role on the Appetizer menu. Some of our favorites include: Seared Tuna, Barbecue Shrimp and the Calamari.
Sides are a la carte and include steakhouse favorites such as: mashed potatoes (three varieties), creamed spinach and grilled asparagus.

I hope you’ve left room for dessert. After eating a stick of butter and a hunk of red meat, it’s time to finish the job with Crème Brulee. Ah…..creamy vanilla bean custard with a delicate sugar crust. Is there anything finer?

Service at Fleming’s is impeccable. The waitstaff is extremely welcoming, knowledgeable and thoughtful. On a recent visit, my husband and I were gifted with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries as an accompaniment to the champagne we ordered. Fred, the bartender greets with a smile and is always ready with answers to our endless questions about the wine list. OH the wine list….

The wine list is in my opinion, the finest in our area. In addition to an impressive selection of bottles, they offer 100 wines by the glass. The list is ever-changing, budget friendly and just plain fun. I asked Fred to surprise me with a “Red Wine of Interest” last night, and he poured a spicy, smoky red from South Africa. Perfect on a chilly, rainy Friday night. Some of my personal favorites on the list include:

Picket Fence Chardonnay
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay
Conundrum California 2007
Qupe Shiraz
14 Hands Cabernet

Whether you’re enjoying a drink in the bar or celebrating a special occasion, you will appreciate Fleming’s.

Now I am off to get ready for a birthday party. NO, NOT for the CAT!

Happy Birthday Dad!