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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.

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!!!”

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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..


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.

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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

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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..




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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.

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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


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Steak Williamsburg And The Importance of Marbling

March 20, 2017Read More

As 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.

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Steak: 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.

Great steak flavor in a Williamsburg restaurant

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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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