The Steakhouse And Your House

steakhouse ratingIt has been brought to my attention that you will to not be able to enjoy every steak you ever have at our Steakhouse Restaurant. In fact many steaks you may have won’t be at a steakhouse at all. Even if you live here in Williamsburg you are going to come across two things that corroborate this:

  • You will not always have a cut of steak like we have here
  • You do not live in a steakhouse and do not have the same equipment

Steakhouse Ovens

No harm there, steakhouses have giant ovens that fire up to over 1000 degrees.This is would be dangerously impractical for your kitchen at home and it probably wouldn’t fit anyway. So I will pull different tips to help you cook multiple methods using multiple sauces and multiple types of beef. I will try to do a comparison of how the dish compares to the steakhouse type cooking methods I have talked about frequently.

Here are some basics I read from Bon Appetit Magazine for the home preparation of steak.

Prepping the steak at your personal “steakhouse”

I will confess I like an occasional grilled burger or chicken on the grill. The grill does impart flavor and allows you steakhouse locationsubtle flavors. A large number of your home steakhouse experiences will involve the grill, though not all. Here are some basic preparation tips for the meat..

Take your time

Let the meat rise to room temperature when you remove it from the refrigerator.

Size matters

The nature of your steak, very much like at a steakhouse restaurant, will affect how long and how you should cook it. Thicker marbled steaks will take longer than thin lean steaks. A great way to know if you are overcooking is a digital meat thermometer.

Salt n Pepa

Season the meat with salt and pepper before cooking.

2 is better than on

As a general rule the steakhouse way of searing at high temperature and then cooking slowly once the meat is seared will translate to a grill or a pan. Make sure to use a two burner gas grill, one burner on high heat the other on low. No this will not be like a steakhouse exactly but it is a good method to try and sear in juices in the meat.

steakhouse menuMore Tips From Fireside Chophouse Steakhouse

These are by no means every tip. These are just a starting point. In the meantime check out our other articles on steakhouse methods, selecting the right cut of steak, as well as overall direction for its preparation.

 

 

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steakhouse locationSteakhouse And Your House: Prepping Steak At Home

It has been brought to my attention that you will to not be able to enjoy every steak you ever have at our Steakhouse Restaurant. In fact many steaks you may have won’t be at a steakhouse at all. Even if you live here in Williamsburg you are going to come across two things that corroborate this:

  • You will not always have a cut of steak like we have here
  • You do not live in a steakhouse and do not have the same equipment

steakhouse ratingSteakhouse Ovens

No harm there, steakhouses have giant ovens that fire up to over 1000 degrees.This is would be dangerously impractical for your kitchen at home and it probably wouldn’t fit anyway. So I will pull different tips to help you cook multiple methods using multiple sauces and multiple types of beef. I will try to do a comparison of how the dish compares to the steakhouse type cooking methods I have talked about frequently.

Here are some basics I read from bon appetit magazine for the home preparation of steak.

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/article/our-10-best-tips-for-a-perfectly-grilled-steak

Prepping the steak at your personal “steakhouse”

I will confess I like an occasional grilled burger or chicken on the grill. The grill does impart flavor and allows you subtle flavors. A large number of your home steakhouse experiences will involve the grill, though not all. Here are some basic preparation tips for the meat..

Take your time

Let the meat rise to room temperature when you remove it from the refrigerator.

Size matters

The nature of your steak, very much like at a steakhouse restaurant, will affect how long and how you should cook it. Thicker marbled steaks will take longer than thin lean steaks. A great way to know if you are overcooking is a digital meat thermometer.

Salt n Pepa

Season the meat with salt and pepper before cooking.

2 is better than one

As a general rule the steakhouse way of searing at high temperature and then cooking slowly once the meat is seared will translate to a grill or a pan. Make sure to use a two burner gas grill, one burner on high heat the other on low. No this will not be like a steakhouse exactly but it is a good method to try and sear in juices in the meat.

More Tips From Fireside Chophouse Steakhouse

These are by no means every tip. These are just a starting point. In the meantime check out our other articles on steakhouse methods, selecting the right cut of steak, as well as overall direction for its preparation.

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Choosing the right cut

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The importance of Marbling

 

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Steakhouse Tips: Eating Healthy At the Steakhouse

I never thought I would actually write about healthy eating at a steakhouse or best steak restaurant williamsburg virginiasteak place but I saw a good article about the healthy way to eat steak when you are out. I have listed the link at the bottom of the article. The article was great and dead on. If you are looking for lean healthy steak cooked to its perfection potential, we have a great sirloin which is tasty. Also there are a few other things you will have to substitute or not have to meet the “healthy steakhouse” criteria:

  • Skip the potatoes and enjoy our salad (garden of course)
  • Avoid the sauces if you can resist our creamy peppercorn Bearnaise steak sauce
  • Skip the appetizer

And while we are at it I might as well throw in a few libations. Skip the beer, the dessert, the ribeye, tbone etc.

If you have to do this for health, Kudos, but a steakhouse is about FLAVOR williamsburg_steakhouseand lots of it through cooking techniques and quality beef. Yes you will enjoy your sirloin but your going to be sitting around a table with people eating the most flavorful Porterhouses and Ribeyes you can imagine on a steak menu.

But to each their own. Here is the link to the article

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We are near everything including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and William and Mary

 

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Steak Williamsburg And The Importance of Marbling

williamsburg steak houseAs a Williamsburg steakhouse we have served steak for over 50 years in Williamsburg. In this time we have learned the nuances of what makes great steak. One thing that makes a superb steak is something called marbling. Marbling is the official term for those little white streaks that you see throughout an uncooked piece of  steak. Those streaks add a little bit of fat to the steak and because of that they offer two incredible benefits that help make any cut of beef or steak taste great.

best steakhouse williamsburg marblingSteak: Marbling Means Moisture

One of marbling’s primary benefits is that it adds moisture to your steak or prime rib. Those streaks of fat help lock in moisture. They add a coating of sorts, trapping it in the meat. This is what helps to make that steak tender and keep it from drying out. If you have ever had dry unpalatable steak there is a strong chance it was not marbled. Likewise a large number of great steaks probably have some marbling.

Fat is flavor. These  thin marbled streaks als0 carry flavor. Fat transmits to our taste buds very easily. So when someone says they want that unique steakhouse taste they certainly are thinking about the scrumptious effects of marbling.

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How big is Marbling?

People come to the Fireside chophouse for great steak in Williamsburg Virginia They are thinking about a cut of steak that has an incredible aroma and flavor. And that comes down to a prime piece of meat that is well marbled. Marbling is an official term by the USDA. Steaks with the most marbling are considered prime which means it is the best steak you can get. Steaks with a little bit of fat or Marbling are considered choice and if there’s no marbling it’s considered select. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with a lean piece of meat, but a great steakhouse knows those little streaks of fat are critical to great taste. The government also has different degrees of marbling which can get very specific but the key is to try to make sure that you have Marbling at all.

Williamsburg’s best choice for steak

Find out why people come visit us week after week month after month in Williamsburg,Virginia. For over 50 years with serve steak that is been marbled beautifully and cooked to perfection. We also can help you pair the best craft beer or wine to balance the flavor of the meat perfectly.

 

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The Best Steak Restaurant In Williamsburg

porterhouse steakThe 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.

best steak restaurant williamsburg virginiaThe 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.

A 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.williamsburg steakhouse

All 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.

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Steak And The Right Wine Pairing In Williamsburg

As a Williamsburg steakhouse serving the finest cuts of steak in Colonial Williamsburg and the general Williamsburg Virginia area, one of the biggest questions that comes up is what is the best wine to pair with our gourmet steak and prime rib. And it is the perfect question to ask considering that Virginia has some of the finest wines that you can get anywhere. Many of which have won awards. Regardless you still want to make sure the wine flavor complements the steak you have ordered. Change the fact that certain ones go better with certain types of dishes or steaks prime rib etc.

wine steak pairing Williamsburg VirginiaA Simple Williamsburg Steak Restaurant Wine Pairing Trick

Naturally the ultimate way to pair steak in Williamsburg would be to have a Sommelier with you. That is not always practical, though there are some great ones here. LIkewise here is a very crude but simple system to help you pair wine with red meat while you are here in the Colonial Capital of America. It is not precise but represents a simple system to use as a guideline.

Red Meat, Steak, Filets,Prime Rib, Ribeyes,And Other Cuts Of Meat Are Hearty Foods

No shock here but steaks, filets, ribeyes, and other cuts of red meat are very hearty. The wine has to be robust enough to counter this heartiness. Thus an appropriate choice is going to come from the red family. Now, the richness of the steak will determine how robust the red should be. Here is a baseline to follow:

  • Lean steak with little or no marbling: Choose a lighter red wine
    • A good example of this would be a sirloin that is lower fat than other cuts.
  • Heavily marbled steak: Choose a heavier richer red wine
    • A good example would be Prime Rib or a Rib Eye

One final Caveat: At A Premium Williamsburg Steakhouse Like Fireside Chophouse..err on the side of the robust with our steak

Many of our most popular cuts of meat are Prime steak that is heavily marbled. You are going to need a rich sophisticated red wine to balance that flavor(oh and what a flavor it is). Here are a few that come to mind as possible choices:

  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Burgundy

 

wine_with_steak_williamsburg_virginiaOr Leave The Wine Pairing To Us

Not sure ask us at Fireside Chophouse. We have had over 50 years of preparing the finest quality beef, pairing it with the finest quality drinks and wine and we will do the same for you when you come visit us anytime. After multiple decades you get very good at knowing what is the best parent with the best meat. It is an art form good wind really enhance that flavor. Conversely a bad wine could hurt the flavor of the meat that’s not what you want you’re there to enjoy a delicious perfectly balanced meal at her in terms of flavor.

No you don’t just have to get red meat to get a great wine pairing. We also have chicken, crab legs, and other dishes. And we compare those two with a white or red wine as necessary. Just askCrude but simple system. Not precise but a good rule of thumb

For a Williamsburg Steak think bold red.

For a delicious Williamsburg steak and one of the finest most experienced Williamsburg steak houses come visit us at the fireside chophouse on Richmond Road. We have more experience any chain or any other restaurant tour and preparing great beef.

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Williamsburg Steakhouse: The Filet Mignon

williamsburg steakhouseI have met very people who visit our Williamsburg Steakhouse who have never heard of the Filet Mignon. While not necessarily big on size, it is a staple of any steakhouse in Williamsburg. It is also big on flavor, coming from the what most consider the best, most tender area of the steer.

I would suspect this type of steak has been consumed for centuries in one form or another. What was new in the 20th century was the coining of the phrase itself which is filet Mignon. Translated from French it means dainty or small filet.

What Makes This Cut Of Beef So Special?

The meat is tender because of what part of the steer it is pulled from. But it also tends to have low marbling or fat in the meat. This makes it more healthy than much fattier cuts of beef. You have probably eaten one before. Whenever you order a T-bone or Porterhouse, know that the Filet Mignon is part of those cuts of meat.

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khouse Fun Facts: The Filet Mignon

Here are some interesting facts about this cut of meat which are:

  • There is a National Filet Day in August of each year
  • A famous writer named O’Henry coined the phrase Filet Mignon
  • You will many times

    see the Filet accompanied by Bearnaise Sauce or Bacon (wrapped around it) to keep the steak from drying out

Williamsburg Steak Sauces That Pare With The Filet Mignon

Some of the sauces you will see the Filet Mignon paired with are:

  • Bearnaise
  • Mushroom
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Peppercorn

What Wine Pairs Well With This Cut Of Steak?

Wine pairing is an artform in itself. Here are some of the wines that go well with this Williamsburg, Virginia steakhouse favorite:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Bordeaux
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay

The Best Way To Prepare This Steak Filet

Opinions will vary on the best way to cook this steak but as a general rule the steakhouse method we use here in Williamsburg, is the way to go. A great steak should be seared at ultra high temperature, then cooked slowly. This locks in the flavor yet still keeps it tender.

williamsburg steakhouseLet Our Williamsburg Steakhouse Prepare This For You

But if you are looking for a great Williamsburg Steakhouse check our our steak, prime rib, and other specialties menu. And definitely try our Filet Mignon at our Richmond Road location. And if you have a larger appetite we also have an incredible ribeye and massive Porterhouse cooked to perfection. Our Steakhouse in Williamsburg is one of the most respected and tenured steakhouses in the area. Can’t wait to see you.

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We are located on Richmond Road near the Christmas Mouse and across the street from the Hampton Inn and Suites


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Williamsburg Steakhouse 101: To Sauce Or Not To Sauce

Any Williamsburg Steakhouse will tell you, Fireside included, that great steak should not be anywhere near a sauce. In fact any williamsburg_steakhousesteakhouse will probably tell you that steak has the flavor marbled in, grilled in, and slow cooked in by chefs who specialize in steak. Many tourists and locals in Williamsburg Virginia would agree when they are searching for best steakhouse in Williamsburg on their Iphone or steak Williamsburg on their Ipads. When we think of steak, most imagine a deep aroma, not sauce.

Nevertheless Sauce Is In The Steakhouse Equation

Sauces do play a part in many people’s steak experience. For most their are 3 go to stalwarts you have probably heard of:

  • Ketchup
  • A1
  • Heinz 57

All have a distinct flavor which will quickly mask the flavor of any steak. Many of our patrons would not even think about sauce at our Richmond Road Dining Room, as we start with the best Prime Beef. But some just like that sauce flavor with their steak.

And when not at Firesihomemade_steak_saucede

Most Likely the quality of meat available in a grocery store isn’t as good as a steakhouse you find here on your visit to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens,or just a night out of the kitchen. Thus a sauce might be a good quick additive to your burger or sirloin since you cannot cook it as slowly as a steakhouse oven.

Simple Sauces You Can Use

If you need a sauce here are some simple steak sauce ideas you can whip up easy for hamburgers, sirloins, or other grilling delights.

Everything near the kitchen sink

The First one is pulled from Real Simple magazine. It involves a mixture of ketchup, Worcester sauce, brown sugar, hot pepper, cider vinegar and mustard. It kind of takes the kitchen sink approach combining sauces you most likely have around the house.

Flammable 90 proof steak sauce

Martha Stewart has a sauce which combines three types of alcohol with butter or cream cheese

Balsamic Vinegar

The Food Network offers a recipe that uses balsamic vinger with ketchup, honey, worcester sauce and other ingredients to create a savory yet simple sauce

Link for the actual sauce recipes listed above

Tried and true steak sauces

You can always fall back on good old fashioned Worcester sauce or soy sauce as simple flavor agents. There are also scores of special sauces and recipes in the grocery store based upon other successful recipes

Great Steak With Or Without Sauce

I know what you are thinking, enough with the sauce talk..where in Williamsburg can I go steak sauce free with confidence. Funny you should ask. Fireside Chophouse will provide you with the sauces you want but the flavor of our meat does not require sauce, so unless you just like it, you can enjoy the taste of great steak.

The Best Steakhouse in Williamsburg, sauce optional

Come visit our steakhouse on Richmond road in Williamsburg, VA

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Making The Ultimate Williamsburg Crabcake

williamsburg crabcake restaurantMaking a crabcake in Williamsburg, or anywhere in Hampton Roads is an artform. I do not mean that figuratively or jokingly. As a local you learn quickly what is considered a real crab cake or an imposter. In Williamsburg, a crab cake is not a code word for a dish that is flavored to smell like crab or just taste LIKE crab. It is definitely not meant to represent a dish where small pieces of non lump meat are being placed in some goo like paste or filler. That is not a crab cake. That is a crab flavored patty.

Where Is The Crab?

It is ironic but the main ingredient missing from most crab cakes is…crab. By crab I mean lump meat crab. This is chunks of tender sweet crab meat that will be seasoned and pressed together to make a patty. As far as what crab to use I will say that traditional Maryland crab cakes come from blue or backfin crabs. If you can, try and use these. If not there are of course other varieties of crab. You may not have a choice. Just make sure it is REAL crab
Here is a quick rundown of crab cake preparation basics. This includes, the seasoning, the filler, and of course, cooking the crabcake.

Seasoning

By seasoning this can be anything that goes on the crispy brown outside of the crabcake to flavor boosters in the crab. The key is to not overseason. The taste of fresh Chesapeake Bay crab should be the dominate flavor coming through.

Filler

This is an ugly word. By filler I mean the bare minimum to hold those chunks of crabmeat together. Filler is not meant to dominate the crab cake.

Pan Fried or Broiled

Then the lump meat sensation is fried or broiled to give the outside a crispy taste.

crab_cake_restaurant_in_williamsburgCrab Pitfalls and Fails

This is the shame section of this article. These are all the ways good crabcakes go bad or how things that really aren’t crabcakes get passed off as authentic. I must warn you, the many violations of crabcakery are shocking, so read with caution.

Imitation crab meat

Please don’t ever use imitation crab meat. A crab cake depends on the taste and texture of authentic crab.

No Reverse Crab Caking

What is reverse “crabcaking”? This is when you create some other dish and dabble it with crabmeat. You then pass it off as a different type of crabcake. Not acceptable. To be a crabcake you have to have crab in a patty shape of some sort. Just my opinion. Whether you are visiting Williamsburg or not.

No Oversaucing

Old bay is a seasoning not a coverup for crummy cakes. Also too much sauce is an indicator that the crab cake isn’t flavorful enough. The point of a crab cake is crabbbbbbbbb!!!!.

Not Fresh

I shouldn’t even have to say this one but a real crab cake has got to be ultra fresh. Packaged frozen crab is going to taste flat compared to fresh prepared crustacean.

Filler Nightmare

I saved the worst one for last. I call this the filler nightmare. It is a crab cake that is 90% bread crumbs,parsley, and seasoning. It has a few bits of real crab in it but it is not the real thing. It is like a caricature of a crab cake.

Questionable Crab “Cake Creativity”

Look I have nothing against creativity. Especially when it is with food. But I am talking about a very specific dish here. Here are some of the things I have seen mixed into or on the crab cake which are going to hurt the flavor

  • Jalapenos
  • Corn
  • Runny egg
  • Fruit
  • Salsa
  • Red Chili
  • Lime Sauce

Now Let Us Get To The REAL Williamsburg Crab Cakes

Come enjoy real crab cakes at Fireside Chophouse. Even better, pair the crab cakes with our signature steaks for an incredible taste explosion.

Other Fresh Williamsburg Seafood

We also offer a number of other fresh seafood dishes like:

  • tuna
  • Salmon
  • shrimp
  • lobster

crab cake restaurant near busch gardensHere is the link to our menu

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Christmastown

The thrills of Howl O Scream Are Behind Us And Christmas Town has arrived at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Certainly a departure from the non stop screamathon of October, it makes up for thrills with seasonal charm.

Gigantic Light Display In Williamsburg

If you are going to do Christmas In Williamsburg you might as well go big…and I mean BIG! How does 8 million(yes million) Christmas Lights sound. This is what you can expect making it the hands down largest light display in North America. As much as I would hate to see the power bill, I can only imagine how it must dwarf all the animated light displays in city parks and gardens(which are still great).

Busch Gardens Signature Christmas Beverage

Being a foodie I feel it is essential to mention that Christmas Town has a signature beverage which sounds scrumptious. The beverage is peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And this is just the tip of the proverbial seasonal iceberg of out of this world food offerings. These include a plethora of dinner buffets and lots of ala carte goodies throughout the park. My only hope is that they will offer it year round, just maybe add ice in the summer…but one can only hope.

Holiday Buffets At Christmas Town In Williamsburg

It may be a little decadent but Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Christmas Town has not one,two,three but four incredible buffets. They are:

Lunch Buffet: Dine with Rudolph & Friends

This buffet just screams perfect for small children before naptime. Kid friendly foods and costumed characters will keep them entertained and in the Christmas spirit.

santa-christmastown-williamsburg-vaDinner Buffet: Santa’s Fireside Feast

If you have kids, who have not morphed into teenagers yet, this is for you. Enjoy a delicious buffet while hearing stories from none other than the man himself..Santa! This is one Christmas memory they will not forget.

Dinner Buffet: Tastes Of Christmas Town

At this reservation only Festhaus feast the dishes you will enjoy are:

  • carved turkey
  • roasted sirloin
  • chicken Alfredo
  • barbecue pork sliders
  • bratwurst
  • rotini and red sauce
  • yummy baked potato bar
  • mac & cheese
  • chicken nuggets
  • soups and sides
  • salad
  • bread
  • delectable
  • desserts
  • soda

And while you are dining enjoy the entertaining holiday music of Deck The Halls in the Festhaus

Dinner Buffet: Black Forest Christmas Buffet

If the Festhaus menu and Tastes of Christmas is not to your liking you can enjoy a buffet offering turkey, glazed ham, chili and more at this feast.

For more information about Christmastown follow this link

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