*Update as of 1/17/15
According to Yelp the restaurant is closed!
“Fleming is still your favorite restaurant,”said Andy Hall, owner of Fleming in Pinecrest, a neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. “We’ve changed, but we haven’t changed so much that our longtime clients won’t recognize us.”
When Hall mentions change at Fleming, he is referring to the transformation of the restaurant décor, kitchen and menu by Chef Gordon Ramsay and his crew as they filmed an episode of Kitchen Nightmares for Fox. After the May 7 airing of the episode, Hall wants all of his faithful patrons and new clients to know that Fleming is now the perfect blend of new ideas and long-time customer favorites.
“It’s important to remember that the show was taped nine months ago. We ran with the new menu for about two months and quickly found out that our clients still wanted many of the traditional favorites,”said Hall. “Our menu now includes some of the new dishes introduced by Chef Ramsay, our best selling traditional dishes presented in an updated way and creative small plate offerings that match the way people are eating today.”
New menu offerings that came from the Kitchen Nightmares crew include the appetizer, Snapper Ceviche, Cuban Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye Steak served with cauliflower au gratin, and Coconut Macadamia Crusted Mahi served with a zesty orange marmalade sauce, pineapple relish and plantain chips.
The traditional menu favorites such as Beef Stroganoff and Wiener schnitzel were brought back by customer demand. Many of the famous Fleming dishes are now served with a variety of sides, including the Pan Seared Dolphin served with warm tomato salad and basil vinaigrette, Snapper Francais served with lemon, butter, caper and parsley sauce over linguini and Grilled Lamb Chop served with spiced couscous, sun-dried tomatoes and mint chimichurri sauce.
“We also returned to the concept of serving crudités when people sat down at their table, and offering the soup of the day and Caesar Salad with their meal,” said Hall. “The dessert display bar is also back. That was a tradition that our customers really missed. We took the best of the best from the Kitchen Nightmares ideas and the process inspired us to make even more changes and updates.”
Fleming’s new theme nights, which complement the regular menu offering, are a hit in the neighborhood. Wednesdays are Wine and Tapas night, featuring small plate specialty dishes and half-price wine. Thursdays feature a Prime Rib dinner complete with potato and vegetable for $19.95. “This offering is usually sold out by 7 p.m., so clients need to come early or call and reserve the Prime Rib,” said Hall.
Fleming Happy Hour is daily from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the new “Economic Recovery Menu” is also offered daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and includes 10 popular dishes served with soup, salad, potatoes, seasonal vegetable and a delicious dessert for $19.95. For clients who crave something unique, the Fleming chef offers two to three Daily Specials that are brimming with flavor, including a vegetarian choice. Fleming comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights with live dinner music from 6:30 p.m. to close. Fleming also has two private rooms, with a new contemporary look, to host luncheons, dinner events and parties.
“The new décor is warm and inviting and everyone loves it,” said Hall. “We are so grateful for the experience, the updates and the new kitchen equipment. The show has caused a lot of talk and buzz, and that’s always a good thing. The night the episode aired, we held a Premiere Night and hosted over 180 people for dinner.”
Hall and his wife, Suzanne, have owned Fleming since they purchased the restaurant from the original owner in 2002 and admit they hadn’t made many changes over the years. Now, Hall says that the restaurant has the right formula and they are poised for the future.
“We still have great food, great prices, great value and great service,” Hall said. “We know who we are again and we are ready for the next 20 years.”
Fleming is open Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 8511 SW 136 St. To make reservations, call 305-232-6444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 305-232-6444 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 305-232-6444 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. For more information or to view the Fleming episode of Kitchen Nightmare, visit < www.flemingrestaurant.com >.