Last night my wife was hankering for steak, and in my constant quest to avoid Outback, I decided to recommend that we try Flemings in Tysons Corner. I know that it is part of the Outback chain, but so is Bonefish, and I have read raves about that. We arrived without a reservation, and were quickly seated. I like that almost all of the wine is available by the glass, and they had a nice selection.
The service was attentive, and courteous. They did some little things that I have not seen at many restaurants. When they served my wife her salad, they offered her a cold fork.
I had an urge for French Onion soup, and decided on that for an appetizer. At first taste, I found the broth to be too sweet, but when eating it with the perfectly melted cheese, sprinkled with real Parmesan, it tasted far more savory than sweet.
But since it is a steak house, the most important part is the meat. I had the bone-in strip, It did not taste as though it had been aged, but it was tender and flavorful. My wife had the bone-in rib steak (why people insist on calling it a bone-in rib eye I will never know), it was a better steak than my strip. It tasted like it had been aged a little while. All of the steaks are offered with two sauces, we tried both of them on the side. One is a well done béarnaise, and the other is a pepper-corn sauce. Bother were nicely flavored, and had a decent texture.
For sides, my wife had a mound of broccoli that looked like it was an entire head you would pick-up from the supermarket. She said that it was perfectly cooked (I am not a broccoli fan so I will take her word). I had a half order of onion rings. Even the half order was huge. They were tasty, but they needed a little more salt, and I would pass on the Chipotle mayonnaise they serve with them. We had no room left for desert, but what we saw delivered to other tables looked appealing.
I would describe the experience as positive and it far exceeded my expectations. I can imagine that we will be going back again, at which time I will have to get the rib steak.
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