Last week was my husband’s birthday, and he decided it was a good time to have steak. We’ve been on this Brazilian churrascaria kick, but he was ready for a good old fashion American steak. Fleming’s is located at 933 North Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, across the street from the Winter Park Village. Fleming’s is everything that you would imagine fine dining to be. After you valet park, you’re greeted by a warm and friendly staff, and then you’re seated promptly. The decor is warm and the ambiance is comfortable and inviting. The three of us devoured a loaf of warm herb bread while we waited for drinks and appetizers.
My husband, daughter, and I shared a cozy booth not too far from the bar. We all ordered appetizers and cocktails. I had the Baked Brie enclosed in puff pastry and served with candied walnuts, sliced apples, and field greens. My husband enjoyed the Sweet Chile Calamari, and my daughter refused to share her Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper and Lime Butter Sauce (I stole a bite any way). The appetizers were excellent, and even though we all ordered our own, they were more than enough to share.
My husband and daughter ordered a Caesar’s Salad, and I had the Mozzarella and Sweet Tomato salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and fresh basil. (Honestly, it was good enough to eat as the main dish.) Fleming’s Salad and the Wedge were also good choices. A second loaf of bread arrived, and I was fairly certain that I couldn’t eat another bite. Our steaks were on the way.
My husband I both had the New York Strip with Peppercorn sauce although he couldn’t decide between steak or the North Atlantic Lobster tails; my daughter ordered the Petite Filet. All steaks were served with a side of Fleming’s propriety F-17 steak sauce. (I’ll admit it—I’m not a fan of steak sauces of any kind.) As you might guess, we also ordered a side of mushrooms and asparagus.
Since it was a birthday celebration, we couldn’t leave without dessert. I had Walnut Turtle Pie made with homemade caramel, walnuts and chocolate, baked in a chocolate pie crust. My daughter had one of her favorites, the Chocolate Lava Cake (rich chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center of Belgian chocolate, served with vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios). My husband ordered a favorite too: Crème Brûlée, creamy Tahitian vanilla bean custard served with fresh seasonal berries.
It was after all, a birthday celebration, and Fleming’s gave my husband a box of chocolate truffles and a gift certificate to be used on his next visit. That’s much better than a group of servers singing at the table. The quality of the food and experience was phenomenal, and it’s worthy of another visit. Bring lots of cash; it’s rather pricey.
You won’t be disappointed.