Time for another brunch post! The staff of Flemings invited me to try their Sonoma Sunday brunch at the Woodlands location. Per usual, I brought my sister along for the ride! Check out our experience below!
I rail on the Houston suburbs but I shall give credit where credit is due, the Woodlands has one of the better food scenes in the Houston area. One of my complaints about the Woodlands is the distance, goodness it is far! Then when I get there I do a Mary Tyler Moore spin and hat toss! It’s beautiful! There are even waterways and it literally has everything that you could ever want in terms of food and shopping. Flemings has several location around the Houston area, but currently the Woodlands location is the only one that serves the Sonoma Sunday brunch, so to the Woodlands we went! As far as exact location, Flemings is located in the Woodlands Mall loop which is convenient for parking.
When I go to brunch, I can barely get comfortable in my seat before I am ordering my first round of mimosas. This occasion was ALMOST no different, until my waiter described their signature brunch drink the Sonoma Sparkler, which includes orange juice, passion fruit and champagne. Here is the best part, the first round is ALWAYS on Flemings! How great is that! My sister and I tried to sip the sparklers like chic ladies who brunch, but it was too good for all of that! We finished those off fairly quickly and ordered the $10 carafe for the next round. So yes, despite being a steakhouse and having a bit higher price point for your entrees, Flemings is competing WELL on the drink side of brunch. Not to mention, the Sonoma Sparkler is better than most of your run of the mill mimosas.
From the hostess who greeted us, to our waiter and the management everyone was very pleasant and welcoming. Everyone greeted me by the name listed on my reservation. I listened as other staff members greeted each guest by the name on their reservation. What a nice touch. I also like restaurants where every waiter and staff member checks on you, ensuring that if one waiter is overwhelmed their tables will not miss out on a great experience. Our waiter was very attentive, but we probably had an interaction with every other staff member besides the chef. In general I just think this is a great way to run a restaurant!
I am pretty decisive when it comes to my entrees, but Flemings had SO many great options. I was not quite sure what to pick. Being a traditional steakhouse, Flemings offered some filets and seafood dishes in addition to your typical brunch fare. Sticking to the “when in Rome” motif I decided to go for a seafood dish and ordered the Chilean sea bass served with broth and wilted greens. This ended up being an excellent choice because it was a light entree and allowed me to devour some side dishes! My sister ordered the Sonoma County Pancakes which were HUGE lemon ricotta pancakes served with blueberry syrup. She enjoyed them but said the pancakes were way too big for her to finish off.
I also ordered a side of the Rosemary and Brown Sugar bacon plus the Flemings Potatoes. The bacon is the epitome of a sweet and salt dish. Here you have thickly sliced bacon with beautiful crumbs of brown sugar sprinkled on top plus a kick of rosemary. I love good quality thick cut bacon and the flavors were strong. I’m not much for the salt and sweet combo though so I let my sister finish off that plate. Let’s just say she made a meal out of bacon! Now those potatoes? I did not really share those! Flemings Potatoes are like AuGratin potatoes with a mound of cheese on top. Cheese is generally the way to my heart. I devoured those things!
If that was not enough, we had to order dessert! We went for the creme brulee with Tahitian vanilla bean custard and fresh seasonal berries. AMAZINGGG.
If you are looking for a high end brunch with a varied menu, this is a really good pick. I thoroughly enjoyed Fleming’s brunch and cannot wait for them to expand to their other locations near me!