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Grilling Tips

September 7, 2018Read More

Burger Grilling Tips From Gordon Ramsey

He is mean, terse, but man can he cook. If you are a burger griller, backyard aficiando, or just love the grill this is worth 9 minutes to up your grilling game. Enjoy..

 

5 Star Steakhouse

September 7, 2018Read More

Top Steakhouse According To Trip Advisor

It is one of the highest awards you can win as a steakhouse. When a steakhouse or restaurant, here in Williamsburg, Virginia or any place that receives ALL 5 star reviews in a single month, they get a notification from Trip Advisor about the achievement. So when we received notification that we had accomplished this we had to publish it online. Here is what we received.

All 5 Star Reviews On Trip Advisor For An Entire Month

Well a Thank you to every one who visited our Williamsburg Steakhouse and took the time to say how much you loved it. We appreciate it you noticing how much we care to be the best in everything we do. We do not cut corners and we are elated you noticed. We pulled some of the comments for this perfect month at our steakhouse. Here are some of the highlights:

  • “The food is delicious. The timing of the courses was perfect”

 

  • “Fireside is a great place for some outstanding beef, seafood and service.”

 

  • “We came to Fireside Chophouse for a causal night out. Our server Keron was personable and provided excellent service. The food was amazing.”

 

  • “This place had great food at reasonable prices. It was upscale from the chain restaurants and ready to meet most any request.”

 

  • “Everything was excellent …. food choices were plentiful, everyone enjoyed their choice … calamari & french onion soup appetizers, crab stuffed shrimp, prime rib, broiled scallops, roasted chicken, strip sirloin, crab cakes, even penne pasta for kids”

 

  • “Overall our experience here was amazing.”

 

  • “We had an absolutely WONDERFUL time at Fireside!! Amazing food and service!!!”

award steakhouse

Thank you!

Wow. We are floored and grateful for all the kind words. We loved having you and cannot wait for you to return. Whether you are local visiting us on a regular basis or a visitor to Colonial Williamsburg, we strive to give an excellent experience each and every time you visit.steak house

5 Star Steakhouse

September 5, 2018Read More

Top Steakhouse According To Trip Advisor

It is one of the highest awards you can win as a steakhouse. When a steakhouse or restaurant, here in Williamsburg, Virginia or any place that receives ALL 5 star reviews in a single month, they get a notification from Trip Advisor about the achievement. So when we received notification that we had accomplished this we had to publish it online. Here is what we received.

All 5 Star Reviews On Trip Advisor For An Entire Month

Well a Thank you to every one who visited our Williamsburg Steakhouse and took the time to say how much you loved it. We appreciate it you noticing how much we care to be the best in everything we do. We do not cut corners and we are elated you noticed. We pulled some of the comments for this perfect month at our steakhouse. Here are some of the highlights:

  • “The food is delicious. The timing of the courses was perfect”

 

  • “Fireside is a great place for some outstanding beef, seafood and service.”

 

  • “We came to Fireside Chophouse for a causal night out. Our server Keron was personable and provided excellent service. The food was amazing.”

 

  • “This place had great food at reasonable prices. It was upscale from the chain restaurants and ready to meet most any request.”

 

  • “Everything was excellent …. food choices were plentiful, everyone enjoyed their choice … calamari & french onion soup appetizers, crab stuffed shrimp, prime rib, broiled scallops, roasted chicken, strip sirloin, crab cakes, even penne pasta for kids”

 

  • “Overall our experience here was amazing.”

 

  • “We had an absolutely WONDERFUL time at Fireside!! Amazing food and service!!!”

award steakhouse

Thank you!

Wow. We are floored and grateful for all the kind words. We loved having you and cannot wait for you to return. Whether you are local visiting us on a regular basis or a visitor to Colonial Williamsburg, we strive to give an excellent experience each and every time you visit.steak house

Grilling Tips

June 19, 2018Read More

Burger Grilling Tips From Gordon Ramsey

He is mean, terse, but man can he cook. If you are a burger griller, backyard aficiando, or just love the grill this is worth 9 minutes to up your grilling game. Enjoy..

 

Is Father’s Day Clouded By The Smell Of A1 Scented Candles..

June 4, 2018Read More

Dad Wants The Steak..

There is nothing more manly for Dad’s big day than a big juicy steak. Many have said Father’s Day is enhanced by the aroma, texture, and flavor of prime steak. In the hands of a journeymen steakhouse like Williamsburg’s Fireside Chophouse it becomes beef nirvana. That is why I have some reservations about this cheeky Father’s Day gift I have so online. The gift..an A1 scented candle.

Though amusing and eye catching the novelty falls short of the excellence we want to associate with Father’s Day. Father’s Day is about that genuine great goodness that is our patriarch. While I know many like and use A-1 on their beef, it is not something I would want to enjoy as a refreshing candle smell to invokes manliness.

Steak Seasoning Candles Or The Scent Of Mediocrity

Let us be honest. While A1 is popular with many people, in many cases fathers day gift williamsburgit is the taste of failure. It is a bottled potion of pre-made bottled flavors to mask beef that kinda fell short. Not in every case, but many. It is like a parachute of flavorings for that dinner that just can’t soar to the heights of great taste.

The Wrong Message To Dad

This is not a message I want to send to Dad. It is almost like you are saying he falls short. As the summer progresses and the lights go out due to the next lightning storm he will reach for a candle. Once he lights the smell of strained tomatoes and common seasonings the smell of falling short will go through the house.

Not on my watch..

Give Dad The Real Thing…At Our Steakhouse

Skip the middleman and bring Dad in for a real steak at Fireside Chophouse of Williamsburg. If he wants A1 sauce, great…just no candle.

Fathers Day In Williamsburg

June 1, 2018Read More

Fathers Day In Williamsburg: Choosing The Right Steak

fathers day steakhouse

I know every Father is different. But as a man, and a father I can tell you what I want for my Father’s day meal, or any meal really….

Steak

Steak

Steak

One word is all you need to know. Grill it, pan fry it or better yet, take me to the steakhouse. I know that every Dad picks out which steak he wants once he gets the menu but I have always wondered if Dad’s personality shined through in terms of which steak or entrée he chooses. I mean what if we matched the personalities with the steak. Here are some humor inspired possible Father’s Day personality matches:

Prime Rib For The Patient Dad

Prime rib is a classic dish that requires patience. It take hours to cook and you cannot rush it. It also takes a Fathers day where to eatwhile to eat as it is a large piece of meat. So if you have one of those quiet patient Fathers, this is the perfect match.

Filet Mignon For The Physically Fit Or Athletic Dad

The Filet Mignon is a classic steak. It is also lean. It is not fatty. It is just pure delicious protein. If health is important to Dad, this is the way to go. It also is the perfect portion control size.

NY Strip For The Quality Seeking Dad

The NY Strip is the king of steaks. Named for the cultural capital of the United States it combines the perfect size cut of beet which is perfectly marbled. If Dad is meticulous or a quality seeker, this is the ticket.

The Porterhouse For The Hearty Larger Than Life Dad

Big, delicious, and hearty are just a few of the adjectives to describe the Porterhouse. It is the Big Daddy of the steak world. It essentially is a New York Strip and Filet Mignon in one. So it is not for the shy and retiring parent or a man with a small appetite.

Steak au Poivre For The Adventurous Dad

This steak is a taste adventure. You start with a lean sirloin and then add an ultra rich sauce with peppercorns. It is a taste explosion and not for someone looking for a traditional sirloin.

williamsburg restaurant fathers day

Come Join Us For Father’s Day

Fireside Chophouse is the perfect steakhouse restaurant for any Father or any steak. We are located in Williamsburg, Virginia and am conveniently located near everything including Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg.

The Origins Of Father’s Day

Ever wonder about the official origins of Father’s Day? Here is a clip with a short history:

 

Steakhouse Tips From The Chefs

May 10, 2018Read More

Before I begin I will preface this article with the disclaimer that all the steakhouse tips you read, whether in Williamsburg, Virginia or beyond, have a limitation. You have to actually use them. This may seem simple but it is even simpler to have our master chefs prepare your steak at our Williamsburg Virginia Steakhouse. Nevertheless, knowledge is power. You may find yourself in the kitchen or on the grill and need wisdom. Thus I am putting together a few simple tips.

Steak Tips From Other Chefs

Who better to get a wide sampling of steakhouse how to than from other celebrity chefs. I personally believe every steakhouse or griller has their tricks but it is always interesting to pick up a few pointers. So here are some tips to add to your steak cooking repertoire.

celebrity chefs and steak


The Steakhouse Chef: Michael Symon

Symon is co host of the chew and owns a steakhouse in Cleveland. Here is a fast breakdown of his pointers which are:

  • Aged beef is the way to go..his are aged between 24 to 30 days
  • Use USDA Prime Beef
  • Grill over charcoal to impart flavor

Our Thoughts: Always use the best aged beef..Prime is the way to go

celebrity chefs and steak


More Celebrity Steak Tips From Michael Chernow

Chernow owns restaurants in New York City. Here are a few of his thoughts:

  • Salt that steak when taking it from the fridge and he means a lot of salt
  • Drop the steak in a pan with high heat and olive oil

Our Thoughts: Simple but effective, sear the steak first to lock in those juices


Now come visit us at our Williamsburg Steakhouse for some great steak you do not have to prepare..

 

 

References:

12 celebrity chefs reveal their secrets for cooking the perfect steak

http://www.thisisinsider.com/best-steak-recipes-celebrity-chefs-2017-8#fabio-viviani-insists-on-waiting-until-the-meat-is-room-temperature-before-cooking-it-8

 

Grill Gadgets?

April 20, 2018Read More

oversimplified grill gadgetsIt is probably not that far a reach, many beef or steak lovers also love grilled flavor. When not visiting The Fireside Steakhouse in Williamsburg, the steak faithful can be found around the backyard grill. There we use smoke and sweat to infuse flavor into steak, burgers, chicken, and anything we can slap on the grate.

So naturally, we have to assume grilling gadgets should pique the interest of grillers everywhere. In American society we have kitchen gadgets can that can flip,slice,dice, bake, test, broil, and more. So why shouldn’t some of this technology transfer to the fiery grated world of the grill master. Why can’t the grill aficionado take this art of manliness to the next level with sensors, buzzers, and things that boggle the imagination?

Prehistoric Inspired Grill Gadgets

Well my search for super grill gadgets did not exactly turn out as I planned. I was a little shocked about the lack of imagination from some of the gadgets. One item was a simple metal box where I could turn my grill into a smoker. Not really that inventive. My father had one of these in the 1970s. Moving on..

Another device was an automatic grill cleaner that scrubs the grill at the touch of a button. Also nice, but not that imaginative. It was basically a spinning brush. I like the manual grill scrape. It is like a rite of passage of grillmanship.

And the mundane did not stop there. One item was a leather apron with pockets. Again, not newsworthy. Unless the goal was to get men to wear more aprons..also somewhat uninspiring. Yet another item was a metal basket for grilling vegetables. Not a special basked with a handle that doesn’t burn you, just a metal basket. Not a special metal created by recycling things destroying the earth or from a needy country, just a metal basket. Again, I am not moved to plunk down my money and order from Amazon.

Questionable grill gadgetsDangerous Grill Gadgets. Do Not Use Ever…

Some looked like they could change the world but ultimately appeared downright dangerous. One was an infrared indoor grill that grills your food without smoke. That was my first warning. Smoke is grilling. Smoke is flavor. Then there was another caveat. You could not stare at it or the infrared can do eye damage. So when you grill, you either wear sunglasses or use a reflection. Trading eye damage for smokeless meat doesn’t seem like much of a trade off…next.

The other questionable item was a fold up grill. Great idea except you better let it cool down properly before you:

  • Touch it to close it up
  • Close it up with excess heat

Also-won’t the grill debris pieces go everywhere when you close it up? Next..

Moving Forward.. For The Williamsburg Grill Master

I have not given up on the search for great grill gadgets. I personally say skip all this and have us prepare your steak or burger at the Fireside Chophouse. We will take care of all the cooking and technology. Even better, you save your money, and maybe your safety, by getting to skip the grill gadget world altogether…at least for know.

 

Steakhouse Health Benefits

February 8, 2018Read More

steakhouseYou generally do not see a lot of ads by steakhouses or steak restaurants, here in Williamsburg Virginia or otherwise, focusing on advertising the health benefits of a red meat or a steakhouse. Not that great steakhouses don’t offer ultra fresh, nourishing farm to table steaks, seafood, side dishes, and more, but people seem to think that steakhouses are only about indulgent delicious food. My answer to this oversimplification about a great steak restaurant is…

What is wrong with that?

All kidding aside I have read that steak is healthy and is filled with numerous positive health benefits. No I am not saying it is a health food. No there is no steakhouse diet where you can eat steakhouse food 7 days a week. No you should not eat red meat at every meal. Do I wish there WAS a diet like that? Oh Yeah I do. But one can only dream.

What I am saying, based on the article, is there are plenty of good things about that steak or red meat as part of a balanced diet. Some of the benefits of red meat are vitally important to good health and are worth consideration

steakhouse williamsburgHigh in Protein

If you live in America and are from Earth you probably have heard that red meat is very high in protein. And guess what, you are right. Protein at one time was seen as the most important thing to health. Then in the late seventies and eighties protein was viewed as bad and carbs were good as we tried to reduce our cholesterol. Then that changed again.

Now we know we need to eat protein to:

  • Build muscle
  • Regulate appetite
  • Repair tissue
  • Have steady energy
  • Add iron to our body
  • Add zinc to our body

And even though this is not an official health reason a nice piece of meat can keep you from what I call diet hallucinations.. in when all you do is pine for high calorie food and think back to all the great bad food you used to eat. (Just for your reference, this particular pseudo benefit was not in the article).

It is winter 2018. It is a time of New Year’s resolutions, half of which pertain to diets, dieting, exercise, healthy eating and other culinary subjects that seem to resolve around human misery. In this need to be healthy and thin we do not have to completely abandon everything with taste. We should strive for moderation.

In my case maybe choose the Fireside Chophouse Filet Mignon instead of a 48 ounce Porterhouse with a fully loaded potato. Both are good. But a little moderation might help. Good Luck with your health resolutions…see you at Fireside Chophouse for a double ribeye steak, loaded potato with two layers of bacon shoved between the sour cream and cheese, and a demure piece of dessert!


References

IPATENCO, S.

The Health Benefits of Eating Red Meat

In-text: (Ipatenco, 2018)

Your Bibliography: Ipatenco, S. (2018). The Health Benefits of Eating Red Meat. [online] LIVESTRONG.COM. Available at: https://www.livestrong.com/article/407839-the-health-benefits-of-eating-red-meat/ [Accessed 2 Feb. 2018].

 

ChristmasTown

December 4, 2017Read More

What do you get when you cross gaudy high tech Christmas celebrating with one of the most beautiful theme parks in North America….?

You get Christmastown and there is no equal


Christmas In America: Big Is Never Big Enough

You can never over Christmas in America. We take having fun at Christmas very serious in this country. So that being the case you have to experience Christmastown at Busch Gardens. I mean who better to exaggerate the pageantry of American style Christmas than Busch Gardens. A great theme park is looking to be larger than life and to put on a show.

 Upon entering the park I was totally overwhelmed, in a good way, as mountains of Christmas lights were..EVERYWHERE. It was beautiful, exhausting, phantasmagorical, and exciting all at the same time. It really was a different park. Yes it was Busch Gardens Williamsburg, but it was transformed convincingly. And they did a great job getting you into the Yule tide mood almost immediately. The place did not look faked or makeshift, but a new flavor of theme park experience.

Christmastown dealsWalking Through The Gates

First of all I was in the dark most of the time I was there. Walking into the park I was wearing a heavy coat, not feeling as energetic as those t shirt months when I would jam in with a giant crowd of summer thrill seekers. I immediately noticed that the majority of Banbury Cross in England was decorated in soft Christmas lights. It was a great way to set the mood as Big Ben, lighted to perfection, protruded into the dusk. And because it was the holiday season, and cooler, I immediately wanted to eat.

Festive Feelings In Christmas Town

The first stop was to get my hot chocolate that people who had been to the park at this time of year have raved about. So I purchased my refillable mug, and defacto souvenir, and ordered my first cup of hot cocoa. But it is never that easy. Next to the very nice barista was a sign for a smore and no campfire needed. Of course on an empty stomach I had to try the holiday treat.

christmastown foodChristmasTown Sugar Rush

For the first few bites it was heaven..cookie, graham cracker pieces, chocolate chips and marshmallow crème. All of course being washed down with hot cocoa. I am estimating that I was consuming about 1000 calories with every bite and at least a tablespoon of pure cane sugar with every forkful. After about ten bites my blood sugar was spiking and the family begin the trek further into the park. I certainly wasn’t going to be hungry for a while!

Subtle And Welcome Differences

lighted mapsAs I traversed the festive atmosphere I noticed a lot of details that were put in place to maintain theChristmas theme park mood. They were:

  • Custom park maps designated and designed with the Christmas Town theme
  • Lighted maps (perfect for the nighttime) all through the park
  • Custom signs giving directions to the new attractions
  • Delicious holiday treat style menu items like hot cocoa, smores etc
  • Warm up stations with outdoor heaters

Christmas lights Williamsburg at Christmastown

A Few Drawbacks

  • It was night and I found myself sitting down to eat in the dark. Dark and cold are not a magic combination, Christmas season or not
  • I should have researched the park a little more because it had all new shows and it was hard to digest it all
  • I should have planned the meals a little better for maximum consumption. I didn’t know there was a sausage wrapped pretzel until I had filled up already.

But Still A Great Experience

In fact I enjoyed Christmastown USA more than the usual summer fun park experience. People drive around looking for incredible displays of lights on homes. In that context a theme park with tens of thousands of lights is a must see spectacle, for some as much as any new ride or roller coaster.

A Few Christmas Town Tips

Check the weather

If the weather is less than 58, bring your heavy coat. It is going to feelmuch colder than you think. You are going to be out in the cold for hours. Even 45 degrees can get rather chilly over time, even in the festive atmosphere.

Premium Parking..Just Pay It

For $10 extra dollars you can park in walking distance from the parking lot to the entrance of BG. It is worth it. At ten a night when you leave you are not going to want to wait in the cold for a tram and then freeze on that tram from a cold air blast as you are shuttled to your car. Pay the extra $10.