I have only one word to describe my experience at Fleming’s: wow. Usually, I am not a steakhouse fan but Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar changed me. Thanks to the excellent service provided by Andrew, our server, and Jose, the talented Chef Partner, I will be returning to Fleming’s very soon…
Fleming’s is nestled in one of Chicago’s busiest neighborhoods, River North. However, you wouldn’t know that sitting inside. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate, which is perfect for any special occasion dinner.
You wouldn’t expect a steakhouse to have a separate gluten-free menu, but Fleming’s surprised me. To be frank, I was overwhelmed by the amount of gluten-free options. I asked Andrew and Jose to bring out their favorite dishes on the menu – I’m happy I did that because there was no way I could decide on my own.
To start, we were given a veggie plate with smoked cheddar onion dip infused with chardonnay, as well as a second dip containing brie cheese and champagne. Afterwards, their Chilled Seafood Tower For Two and their Maple-Glazed Slab-Cut Bacon were presented. The seafood tower contained lobster, lump crab, shrimp and crab legs with cocktail sauce and a creamy horseradish mustard sauce. Meanwhile the bacon was tender and – no joke – melted in my mouth. To put it lightly, I was left stunned and already full.
For healthy and light gluten-free options, I recommend their Fleming’s Salad and Blomsdale Spinach salad. The house salad can be made gluten-free with no croutons. Each were delicious in their own way.
I remember seeing Andrew with the Diablo Shrimp and steak paired with their signature Fleming’s Potatoes thinking there was no way it could be for us…but it was. He placed it gently on our table and it took me a couple minutes to register that this was for me to eat. The presentation was gorgeous and it came with shrimp! More seafood! If you love seafood and need some red meat in your life, try this dish. Also, I can’t leave out how good the cheese covered scalloped potatoes and the crispy asparagus were. If you want a side, get one of them. I wish I could have tried all of them.
At this point, I needed to be carted out of the restaurant. Thank God I brought a friend. The meal wasn’t over though. For dessert, Jose prepared their flourless Chocolate Lava Cake, Creme Brûlée, and Chantilly Cream. I loved all three for different reasons. The lava cake had melted chocolate inside begging to flow out while the creme brûlée was sweet and fresh with berries and a glazed finish. Pro tip: order a coffee to put your Chantilly Cream in. You won’t be disappointed.
I can’t stop raving about this restaurant to my friends and family. You are making a huge mistake if don’t visit here for one of your next gluten-free meals!