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How To Ensure Your Steak Is Perfectly Cooked, Every Time

February 25, 2020Read More

I, personally, prefer to grill strip steaks over other cuts because you get a nice combination of fat and meat for a great flavor. For tougher cuts, like skirt or flank steaks, marinate the meat in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours before grilling. Given the differences between grills, cooking surfaces, and cuts of steak, there aren’t specific cook times for grilling steak. You can invest in a digital meat thermometer for an accurate temperature — the CDC recommends heating to an internal temperature of 145 F for whole cuts of beef. I’ve also been grilling porterhouse lately, just because it’s a large cut and you get two portions out of one cutlet (perfect for date-night!)

At least 40 minutes before grilling, season your steak with salt to make it tender. If you have a natural-burning barbecue, assemble the coals on one half of the grill for a hot and cool side. Grill time will depend on the thickness of your steak and how well you like your steak cooked. If you like your steak medium rare than sear the outside on medium heat and move it to a cooler part of the grill to finish, or lower the lid. Remove from the grill when a digital meat thermometer reads 135 degrees for medium-rare or 140 degrees for medium. To grill the juiciest possible steak, begin with a thick cut of meat to get a crispy outside and pink center. Remember, cross-hatch’s do not matter for a quality steak. I like to baste my steak in butter when it’s reaching that 130 degree mark. I find it is best when the grilling surface temperature exceeds 500 degrees.

I said earlier that picking the right cut of steak is the most important step, but the second most important step is to cook it perfectly. Celebrate the natural flavors of beef with these thick rib-eyes that are rubbed with butter and steak seasoning and grilled to a perfect medium-rare. To complete your perfectly cooked steak, allow it to rest for a few minutes to seal in the juices. Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll send you “show-stopper” grilling ideas and recipes to make your cookouts the talk of the town. You can also come in to try out our Steakhouse Salad — a healthy option that includes heart-friendly, grass-fed beef.

Williamsburg Steakhouse Cuts Of Beef

December 22, 2019Read More

I was searching for the most popular cut of steak at a Williamsburg steakhouse. To do this I had to start researching what was the most popular cut of steak in American steakhouses.

I thought the task of determining the most popular cut of steak in Williamsburg Virginia would be easy. I was hoping there would be a definitive chart and graph showing me the most popular cut of steak at local steakhouses. Unfortunately it was not that easy. In fact I really couldn’t get a definitive answer.

As I searched Google to find the most popular cut of steak I was inundated with article after article that mentioned popular cuts of beef. I could not get any article to nail down one cut that was supremely popular. Through this search, I did narrow it down to a few certain cuts of meat that seem to get the most notoriety. Having sampled all these cuts of meat myself I started to understand. They are all spectacular and delicious. If someone asked me the best steak cut, I probably couldn’t give you a firm answer either. In fact I would have to say that I would have to rank them all the best.

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There were a few cuts of beef that did come to the forefront. The more tender cuts of beef are those with extensive marbling. These offer the best flavor. Thus I picked three really flavorful popular cuts that would make any top 5 list of steak cuts.

Ribeye

If there was going to be a cut of steak that was deemed most popular, the ribeye would probably be it. Offering a generous cut of highly marbled meat, the ribeye constitutes one of the most flavorful cuts of beef available. Served with or without the bone, this is the first choice cut of steak for many a steak lover.

I have seen many variations of the ribeye including the stylized cowboy ribeye and the boneless version which is known as the Delmonico. They are essentially the same, offering rich flavor and high quality.

Filet Mignon

The filet mignon is one off the most popular cuts of beef available. It offers a small portion of tender and flavorful meat. It is also a smaller portion, making it a good choice for someone who does not want the massive quantities that accompany the Ribeye or porterhouse. It tends to be less fatty than a ribeye. Regardless it still packs great flavor.

Porterhouse

The Porterhouse is a great steak when your appetite will not be satiated with the filet mignon. It is a large piece of steak. The filet mignon is actually part of the porterhouse. The Porterhouse offers a nicely marbled piece of meat. It is easily recognized. Not just by the large size but by the iconic t shaped bone in the center. The T bone is another variation on this steak, though it tends to be a little smaller.

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Steak Is Still Pretty ‘Grate’ No Matter What

Yes I know I spelled grate wrong. Sometimes the need to use a pun just presents itself, and you can’t resist taking it. Likewise I have found steak is just pretty great in all forms. Yes a ribeye is more flavorful but a sirloin or skirt steak is still very tasty.

But Why Not Start At The Top

Naturally if there was a fictional pyramid of steak “greatness” The ribeye, the filet mignon, and the porterhouse will be at the top. Of course this is assuming they are the top grade of meat like at Fireside Chophouse. We have had decades of experience preparing great steak.

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Sources

“Porterhouse Vs Ribeye : The Great Steak Debate.” Steak University. 12 July 2019. Web. 22 Dec. 2019.

Williamsburg Steakhouse Information: Marbling

October 16, 2019Read More

As I mentioned before our steakhouse in Williamsburg does a number of things to ensure every piece of meat is cooked to perfection. This requires a number of critical steps that ensure every steak at our restaurant is a great one. One of the essential requirements of great steak or beef is marbling. As a refresher marbling is the amount of fat content in the meat. This fat, when exposed to heat melts and releases flavor into the meat. A well marbled piece of meat will have tiny white flecks. While some argue that marbling does not guarantee great steak, I have never seen great steak without it.

Thus I have put together some steakhouse resources via article links to help you know what to look for at any Williamsburg Steakhouse or Steak Restaurant you frequent when you are not in Williamsburg, Virginia. One of those articles that I saw comes from The Spruce Eats and is a great introduction to Marbling.

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Marbling Basics

The article goes into the basics of marbling which include what to look for to know if beef is marbled properly. It also goes into the grading system for steak, which steakhouses use to determine the quality of beef. Additionally the actual diet of the cattle is also a factor. While beef is the product of cattle, it is important to look at what they consumed to know what you are getting. How cattle are fed will heavily determine what level of marbling, and quality a steak will have.

Naturally, some cuts of beef are going to have more marbling. Steaks like the Filet Mignon, Porterhouse, Delmonico, T-bone, and N.Y. Strip are examples of this fattier steak. And the biggest place that the product of marbling shows up is after that first bite of steak at Fireside Steakhouse in Williamsburg, VA.

Here is the link to the original steakhouse marbling article

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More Steakhouse Links On Marbling

Here are some additional links on marbling, a staple of any great Williamsburg Steakhouse:

Steak University’s Take On Marbling

With a name like Steak University, you couldn’t keep me away. I saw another great article on the subject of marbling. Steak University goes into even more detail on marbling and the impact it has on everything from flavor to how tender the steak is. Definitely worth a read.

Steakhouse Marbling Video

I saw a great video on the basics of marbling.

Video on Marbling Basics For Steak

The Steakhouse Test In Williamsburg Virginia

Take it a step further and come enjoy the product of marbling for yourself at Fireside Steakhouse. We have over 50 years experience in making sure that your steak is well marbled. When you take that first bite of filet mignon or prime rib, you will taste the difference too

Williamsburg Steakhouse Tips: Let The Steak Sit

October 15, 2019Read More

One of the most important steps we take at our Williamsburg Steakhouse is to make sure your ribeye, filet mignon, or porterhouse have to sit after they come away from the heat. You wouldn’t think that would be that big a deal when weighed against all the steps our Williamsburg Steakhouse takes to make sure the steak you order is of the highest quality. But it is.

A Great Steakhouse Is About Details

As I have mentioned many times before, our Williamsburg Steakhouse is about details. A great Williamsburg steakhouse focuses on the craft of serving an incredible steak. This is the product of detail after detail which all have to be completed to ensure you receive the best steak. From selecting the right grade of beef, aging it for flavor, choosing the right cut, making sure the meat is at the proper temperature before cooking, searing the steak at high temperature and then letting it cook slowly to keep it tender, you would think that would be enough to guarantee a great steak. But there is another detail you cannot forget.

Let The Steak Sit After Cooking

With any source of heat going into a piece of food remember that the energy does not instantly leave a piece of food when it is removed from the pan, oven, or grill. The heat transferred into the steak has to dissipate and if it happens to fast, it can mean the flavor of the steak can suffer.

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So Why Is Waiting So Important To Steak?

A great steakhouse knows you have to let the steak sit before it goes to our Williamsburg Dining area. When the steak is pulled from the heat, it will continue to cook. Letting the steak sit will allow the heat to slowly dissipate through the steak. If you cut into the meat right after it leaves the heat, a lot of the moisture and tenderness can be gone since the heat will just escape, taking the moisture with it. That means all the work and care that went into to getting you that perfectly seared, perfectly dry aged ribeye or porterhouse was for nothing.

Come Try For Yourself At Our Williamsburg Steakhouse

You would think that after procuring the finest grade of beef, aging it for days, tenderizing it, searing it, and cooking it nice and slow that the steak would be ready to be served. Unfortunately, that is not the case. A great steakhouse chef, whether here in Williamsburg, or anywhere else, knows you need to let the steak rest when it has finished cooking.

What This Means To Us Sitting Down At Fireside Steakhouse In Williamsburg.

There are a couple of ways you can look at this. I have described it very scientifically, showing that the heat transfer has to be accounted for after your porterhouse or filet mignon is done cooking. But what it really comes down to is that your steak at Fireside will be juicier because we make sure not to serve it before the moisture returns to the meat.

Let Our Williamsburg Steakhouse Worry About This For You

Another way to look at it is to not worry about it all. Let Fireside Steakhouse take care of all this for you. We will go through all the steps of preparing a great steak so you will not have to.

Williamsburg Steakhouse: Dry Aging The Steaks

January 3, 2019Read More

Williamsburg Steakhouse and dry aging the steaks

One of the many secrets that makes a steak a Williamsburg steakhouse steak versus just a good steak is dry aging

The term Williamsburg steakhouse or just steakhouse has a special meaning. There are restaurants that serve great steaks but it is a steakhouse that follows a number of very difficult things to make a steak taste incredible. It is not hype, it is science and quality. One of the things that part of this criteria is dry aging.

Dry Aging Steaks

I could sum up the three benefits of dry aging with this video I have added to this page. The science is very sound and simple. Dry aging is a natural chemical process that creates the steak you get at Fireside Chophouse in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is not marketing fluff or a gimmick but is a real biochemical process changing the piece of meat over a number of days.

Dry Aging Steak to Create Williamsburg Steakhouse Quality Beef does three key things

  1. Water evaporates, concentrating flavor in the steak more intensely. Think of water as kind of a filler that is not helping the taste.
  2. Enzymes tenderize the meat. The natural chemical process of meat breaking down softens the steak making it tender
  3. Finally new flavors emerge as the beef goes through this process. I call it the steakhouse flavor, something that is not really that is easy to do.

Now the cut of meat still matters. Think Ribeye, Porterhouse or T-Bone.

The grade matters too since only prime beef should be aged.

Then the cooking method of searing then slow cooking will guarantee that you do not lose that flavor or tenderness.

Finally pairing it with the right wine is almost important. Think robust red for something this thick,rich, and complex in flavor.

Should I try this at home

There are about a bazillion articles and videos touting the DIY dry aging theory. Yes you could simulate the process but it is going to be tricky but  it worth the extra hassle. Come to Fireside Steakhouse and enjoy our steakhouse without having to dry age your own beef. You will taste the difference.

BLOG/NEWS

September 7, 2018Read More

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BLOG NEWS

For the past 40 years, Fireside Chophouse has been synonymous with the finest cuts of aged steak, prime rib, and beef in Williamsburg, Virginia. Destination Prime Rib has been in the thoughts of more than one Williamsburg, Virginia visitor but the quality is known and savored by locals as well. Thick cuts of USDA choice steaks, fresh seafood, jumbo lump crab used to create exceptional crab cakes.

INNOVATIVE WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER STEAK

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LEFTOVERS! Do you have some leftover steak from your favorite steakhouse? Don’t let it go to waste! There are a lot of tasty things you can do with leftover ribeye, porterhouse, or strip steaks. Here are some of the most innovative ways to use leftover steak from Fireside, an award winning […]

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Re-Opening Update

Amidst social distancing, shelter in place rules, working from home and school closures, our days are different and our challenges, unique. Parents are trying to figure out how they can work and educate their children at the same time. The elderly and home-bound are more isolated than ever before. Grocery stores and retailers are facing […]

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Covid-19 Update

As our communities continue to feel the increased impact of coronavirus, we feel it is important to share with you what we are doing to help keep people safe and healthy. Please be assured we have protocols in place and are working with the CDC and local public health officials. We strive to take great […]

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How To Ensure Your Steak Is Perfectly Cooked, Every Time

I, personally, prefer to grill strip steaks over other cuts because you get a nice combination of fat and meat for a great flavor. For tougher cuts, like skirt or flank steaks, marinate the meat in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours before grilling. Given the differences between grills, cooking surfaces, and cuts of […]

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Williamsburg Steakhouse Cuts Of Beef

I was searching for the most popular cut of steak at a Williamsburg steakhouse. To do this I had to start researching what was the most popular cut of steak in American steakhouses. I thought the task of determining the most popular cut of steak in Williamsburg Virginia would be easy. I was hoping there […]

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Williamsburg Steakhouse Guide: How To Get Those Charred Edges

Everyone has a preference of how they like their steak, but I know of one steak house that makes sure the edges have a unique charring. Getting that effect at home might seem difficult, maybe even a little tedious,but here is something to try if that is what you are looking for. Steakhouse Tips For […]

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Marbling Is Critical To Great Steak

There are many people who do not know what steakhouse marbling is. That being said people are always curious on what a steakhouse does, and why the steaks are so good. Part of serving great steak is starting with the right cuts of beef. One factor that HAS to be there in that beef is […]

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Williamsburg Steakhouse Tips: Let The Steak Sit

One of the most important steps we take at our Williamsburg Steakhouse is to make sure your ribeye, filet mignon, or porterhouse have to sit after they come away from the heat. You wouldn’t think that would be that big a deal when weighed against all the steps our Williamsburg Steakhouse takes to make sure […]

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Williamsburg Steakhouse Tips: Cooking Steak At The Right Temperature

To a steakhouse, including our steakhouse in Williamsburg Virginia, the small details make a big difference. Naturally there are times when you are cooking steak at home but you may not always have steakhouse quality beef. Outside of the confines of steakhouses like Fireside, you will also be without an oven that reaches the temperatures […]

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Fathers Day

Looking for the right Father’s Day gift or Father’s Day meal to honor dad? Look no further. Bring Dad to our Williamsburg Steakhouse. Instead of Dad having to sit in front of hot grill to cook up great steak, burgers, or chicken, let us do all the work. Find A Great Father’s Day Gift For […]

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Fireside Chophouse: 1995 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-229-3310

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!!!”

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.

SPECIALS

September 6, 2018Read More

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SPECIALS

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LOCKDOWN SPECIALS

NY Sirloin Strip  18
with potato, veggie, and dessert

Homemade Sangria available.

All beer and wine 1/2 off with meal order.

Call for order, curbside pickup and pickup times.

Additionally, the restaurant serves a range of beers and wines, such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and pinot noir.

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Fireside Chophouse: 1995 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-229-3310

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Fireside Chophouse is open Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 10pm
1995 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-229-3310

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Fireside Chophouse: 1995 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-229-3310