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Steakhouse 101: What Makes A Great Williamsburg Steak

February 1, 2019Read More

Even though every piece of beef is not going to be hand prepped with the care it would be at Williamsburg Va based restaurant Fireside Chophouse, but that is no reason to not know what makes a great steakhouse steak. While this is by no means everything (or even close), here is some information and article links to help you know you are going in the right direction.

Our steakhouse blog is filled with articles that will help you know what makes a great steakhouse steak by giving you key things to consider. Check it out.

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Our Steakhouse Blog

First and foremost we have a number of articles in our steakhouse blog which go into great depth on these. I have put a little about some of these topics on this page below. If you want to find out more just click-over to the topics.

Steakhouse And Meat Basics

Experience

I cannot stress this enough. I cannot think of any area where being new or inexperienced is a real liability than at a steakhouse. Great steakhouses perfect a process. When done right, a great reputation will follow. Fireside Chophouse is a Williamsburg Steakhouse that has been dazzling taste buds since the 1970s. And every tender steak testifies to this point. You will see that great steakhouses focus on making every steak a masterpiece. It is an art and science that goes into a great steakhouse.

A great steakhouse

Steakhouse Aging

Aging is not something people look forward too. Unless of course, they are talking about beef or the perfect steak. Aging is the process of letting the natural chemicals in beef help breakdown the meats toughness. This releases flavor and helps to make the meat tender.

Steakhouse Dry Aging

Smoke As Part of Steak

Smoke is an essential ingredient to meat. Whether you cooking on a grill or visiting us at Fireside Chophouse, smoke is part of what helps to impart a rich flavorful aroma into meat.

Steakhouse smoke

Heat

It probably seems a little obvious that heat is a key part of making a great steak. To a steakhouse though, heat means a couple of very specific things. One is searing steak at high temperature to lock in the juices. Two, it means using lower slower temperature to cook the inside of the steak slowly once it is seared.

Searing Steak: The Secret Of Great Steakhouses

Cut Of Meat

Just like all steakhouses are not created equal, neither are all cuts of beef. Different cuts of steak offer different quality. To offer the best you have to use cuts that offer a more tender cut of meat. While not always the cheapest, you can taste the difference.

Marbling

The best meat is marbled with fat. This might seem a little counterproductive but small pieces of fat release flavor when heated. This makes the meat taste incredible. There is not a great steakhouse, or great steakhouse flavor without it

Essential Steakhouse 101: Marbled Steak

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Pairing It With Wine Or Beer

It is unlikely that your steakhouse meal or steak will be accompanied with water. You will choose a beverage. In many cases this will be wine and beer. These both have a strong taste signature. It doesn’t hurt to make sure you have the right flavor paired with the type of meat you are getting

Pairing wine with steak

A steak is a blend of strong aromas and textures. Pairing it with the right wine can make all difference as the tastes combine

Steakhouse Reputation

The proof is in the pudding. Maybe a better analogy is it is not the steak but the sizzle. Take it from us…it is the steak and the sizzle and the reputation follows great steak from a great Williamsburg Steakhouse. Here is a link to an article about our 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor.

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Come check us out

Don’t just read how to make a great steak. Come taste the proof at Fireside Chophouse. The thing about a great steak is you don’t need to be a food connoisseur to say that something is delicious. Every bite speaks for itself

Steak With The Right Beer

November 20, 2017Read More

steakhouse_in_williamsburgYour sitting down with that perfect steak. Whether at our Williamsburg steakhouse or at home, you are not going to eat that steak alone. You will have certain sides and of course the right beverage. Naturally you are there to enjoy the flavor of that meat. Whether a charcoal grilled ribeye or a heavily seasoned sirloin, you want things that complement it, not detract from it. A beverage is going to follow every bite, or at least every other bite. Something with a flavor that does not jell with beef is going to taint the taste.

We cannot let that happen

Pairing the right beer with the right cut of steak is not rocket science, but it is important. Naturally though, it all comes down to what you like in your steak beer flavor duo. The focus should be on balancing the flavor of the steak. This in mind, there are some things to consider.

Steak Is Bursting With..

Steak, especially great steak like that served here at our steakhouse in Williamsburg, is very hearty. Steak is thick and rich in flavor. The fibrous nature of steaks absorbs flavor like a sponge absorbs water. Smoke, salt, butter, oil, seasoning, and fats are all weaving a dense fabric of potent flavor. There is no light, non-filling, or dainty food here and..No wimpy beer is going to penetrate the flavor of  steak.

You Had “Bitter” Balance The Taste Of That Steak

A school of thought was to go with a beer that had some bitterness. A beer with strong flavor like a porter or dark ale might be the go to beer. These darker beers help to balance out the heavily fat nature of the steak. This would be especially true in a more marbled piece of meat like a porterhouse or ribeye.

beer and steak

Your Steak Palette

Regardless it comes down to what you like. I have seen plenty of people who will order a type of beer with anything..and be happy.

Steak Domination.. Not A Bad Thing

Another thing to consider is that the star of the steakhouse meal is STEAK. You are not going to subjugate that taste and you wouldn’t want to. It is a heavy dish with massive amounts of flavor.

Back To The Steakhouse

So when you are looking for a great steak come visit us at the Fireside Chophouse. You can pair it with wine, beer, or anything you want. Check out our menu


References

  1. (n.d.). Steak and Beer Pairings. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from http://www.themashhouse.com/uncategorized/steak-and-beer-pairings/

Great Steak..And Smoke

September 11, 2017Read More

 

I constantly search for steakhouse and steak grilling recipes. Not because the ones I use aren’t delicious, it is always neat to try different methods other grill masters and chefs have used to flavor their steak. At the end of the day, whatever method you used to cook should be about flavor.

Flavor with meats, steaks, and chops can come from an array of sources. We have gone over many of them in this blog. They include temperature, variations in heat during cooking, marinades, prime beef, types of beef, marbling, dry aging, and more. One area where you can also add flavor is smoke.

A steakhouse generally does not depend on smoke because the cut of meat is the highest quality and the method involves locking in those juices and marbling by searing it on high heat. This is great if you have a commercial oven that can get up to a thousand degrees. Unfortunately, this may not be practical.

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Grilling at home in Williamsburg, Virginia or Beyond

You may find yourself at a backyard cookout, using un-aged choice burgers that come from the sirloin with little marinade or marbling. Your only allies? Your grill and the miracle of smoke, or more specifically the flavor of letting smoke seep into a steak or cut of beef.

Different woods carry an aroma. When put on the grill and allowed to give off their scent, they impart this flavor into the food. The smoke becomes a layer of taste adding to the meat. It is an aroma that is heavenly and can take average meat and make it pretty spectacular. (add the right marinade with the right smoke and it will be out of this world)

A few thoughts on Smoking meat or adding smoke flavor to meat on the grill

Smoke isn’t like a sauce. You cannot just dump it for instant flavor. Smoke is the byproduct of time. You have to let the smoke from the wood to slowly marinate in the food. More specifically, the smoke vapors permeate the meat. Though slow, the attention to this key detail will pay off.

Different Types Of Wood For Your Steak

Not all woods are created equal either. Some impart a stronger flavor than others. This is something you want to consider when grilling or smoking beef. Three really good woods for beef are:

  • Mesquite
  • Hickory
  • Oak

These give a strong flavor for something complex like steak. They are potent which is a good match for steaks, sirloins, and burgers on the grill.

Check out our other steakhouse articles

Pairing the right wine at the steakhouse

Best Williamsburg Steakhouse

 

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Best Steak Restaurant In Williamsburg

March 14, 2017Read More

The Best Steak is a matter of opinion, as long as that opinion is in line with what I put as the criteria for the best steak (just kidding…maybe). To say that this steak is the best, whether here in Williamsburg, the Peninsula, or the Southside, is a little general. I mean there are seemingly endless numbers of different cuts of beef. Even in what is considered the tenderest cut of meat you can buy, you have the Porterhouse,New York Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon,Delmonico, T Bone, and of course, the delectable prime rib. One of these would have to be the “best” and I cannot choose.

The Best Steak Restaurant..Why choose at all

Why choose at all. You know when you are at a great steak restaurant like Williamsburg’s Fireside Chophouse the baseline of elite steak quality has been maintained. The highest grade prime beef, aged to perfection with just the right amount of marbling awaits you. So when you pick up the menu which one of the great steaks do you pick. There is a solution.

williamsburg steakhouseA Great Steak Lover Can Always Choose The Porterhouse

The Porterhouse is the steak lovers dream steak. The name does not always invoke the prestige of the filet mignon, or the name recognition of the New York Strip or ribeye. It sounds almost like it would be at the same level as ground chuck or sirloin with a utilitarian name like Porterhouse. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Porterhouse combines the filet Mignon with the juicy ribeye into one mega incredible piece of beef. So with this choice you essentially have ordered three of the great signature steaks in one massive piece. That means of the seven different cuts of beef I mentioned above, you can pick three with this one choice…wow.

So regardless of where you are in the selection of the best steak restaurant, you can choose about half of the best restaurant cuts of steak with this one item. So this could make a strong, though not complete, argument that the best steak restaurant choice might be the Porterhouse.

Prime RibAll The Steaks Are Great At The Best Steak Restaurant

The Porterhouse is a super choice and should receive top billing at any steakhouse or steak restaurant. But it is a mammoth piece of beef. You may want to be able to walk out of the restaurant without being filled to the brim. Thus the filet or ribeye might be the ideal choice.

Or Ask Our Staff At Fireside Chophouse Steak Restaurant

We are experts in steak. Ask us about the different cuts and we can pair you up with the right cut for your appetite. We are convinced once you try it that you will choose Fireside Chophouse as the best steak restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia.