Why Flounder is the best Gulf Fish to eat right now

Enjoy Gulf Flounder Peak Season 

In Virginia, we can enjoy local seafood pretty much any time during the year. Among the many types of fish in the Atlantic, such as grouper, redfish, snapper and tuna, grouper is a lean, moist fish with mild flavor, firm texture and large flakes. Gulf flounder are flatfish that are compressed laterally, and they spend much of their time lying on the bottom. Their two eyes look upward when swimming near the bottom, on their side. Peak season for Gulf Flounder is between July and November, the ideal time to enjoy them is right now, and they are one of the best gulf fish to eat.

GULF FLOUNDER LIFE 

gulf flounder best gulf fish to eat deanies seafood.jpgFlounders are bottom-dwelling predators that lie waiting for their prey to swim by, hidden by camouflage. They are able to change the color and pattern of their upper skin to match the gulf floor, much like squid and octopus do, and also can use their fins to cover themselves with sand, sediment, and debris. These tactics along with their flat shape allow them to become practically invisible, which helps them trap their prey. It is found in a variety of habitats, from seagrass and coastal lagoons to limestone ledges.

(photo of Gulf Flounder from University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab)

GULF FLOUNDER ARE SUSTAINABLE 

Flounder grow quickly and have a high tolerance for a wide range of water temperature and salinity. They are a good quality, sustainable option that are a popular restaurant menu item, but not overfished. Seafood producers of Virginia work hard to provide nourishing, fresh product while protecting each species for future generations. Fishery management plans aim to ensure Virginia’s fish stocks are maintained, overfishing is eliminated, and the long-term socioeconomic benefits to the nation are achieved. Gulf flounder and all other seafood harvested in the United States undergo a rigorous management process to ensure the product you eat in your home or restaurant is safe and sustainable.

ENJOY FLOUNDER AT FIRESIDE CHOPHOUSE

Fireside Chophouse has a rich history of serving up great-tasting, wild-caught Virginia seafood and supporting sustainable fishing practices. Fireside has offered Virginia shrimp, blue crab, and flounder since we opened our doors.

The Best Dinner To Go In Williamsburg

If you’re craving a quality meal you can enjoy from the comfort of home, order Fireside for delivery or place a to-go order with our new online ordering system. Our Williamsburg location is conveniently located and ready to serve you!

Elevate your night in with a tantalizing selection of appetizers, entrées, and desserts to fill up your stomach – and satisfy your soul. Read below to learn more about the best dinner options in Williamsburg and how you can upgrade your dining experience tonight!

GET THE PERFECT DINNER TO ENJOY AT HOME IN WILLIAMSBURG

What better way to mark a celebration than a flavorful and juicy USDA Prime Ribeye steak? Whether you’re celebrating the end of a busy week or want to treat the entire family to a delicious meal at home, Fireside has the best dining options to make your meal a memorable one.

ADD WINE TO YOUR TAKEOUT ORDER

If you’re picking up your order, be sure to check out the wine list, as wines are 25% off when you place a takeout order. From red likes Cabernet and Pinot Noir to whites such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, our extensive wine list covers all of your favorite varietals. This deal is only available for a limited time, so don’t wait too long to try that new bottle you’ve been eyeing!

IF YOU CAN’T PICK IT UP, GET DINNER DELIVERED IN WILLIAMSBURG

If you don’t have time to come by the restaurant to pick up a to-go order, try delivery! You can order delivery from our Kennesaw restaurant via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates and Uber Eats. These apps make it so easy – and quick – to enjoy Fireside in Williamsburg

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Fireside Chophouse Dinner And Movie At Home

Even if you’re not leaving home much these days, the perfect dinner-and-movie date is still possible; all you need is a meal from Fireside Chophouse and access to a streaming service!

For your convenience, you can now order Fireside’s to-go via our online ordering menu, or you can place a delivery order through popular apps like DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

While you can definitely enjoy Fireside Chophouse steak, seafood, or specialty dish with nearly any movie out there, we want to share a few suggestions that sound particularly delicious to us. Whether you’re watching with a partner, the whole family, or a snuggly pet, a meal from Fireside Chophouse will take your movie night to the next level.

DRAMA/ROMANCE: LITTLE WOMEN (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO AND STARZ)

PAIR WITH: ROSEMARY & GARLIC ROASTED CHICKEN

This period drama written by Louisa May Alcott in the late 1860s just never gets old, and the 2019 remake proves it. A star-studded cast of actresses such as Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and others breathe new life into the story with their performances as the March sisters. Interestingly, food stylist Christine Tobin based all the meals in the film on the Alcott family’s life in Concord, MA, where Little Women takes place.

Fun fact: The Alcotts raised chickens and tended vegetable gardens, so it’s only fitting that you savor Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Chicken with fresh cooked daily vegetables while you watch the movie.

CRIME THRILLER: UNCUT GEMS (NETFLIX)

PAIR WITH: OUR HOUSE SPECIAL FILET MIGNON

When watching a gritty New York City film, there’s no better dinner option than the Fireside Filet Mignon cooked to perfection.

In Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler takes on a surprisingly serious role and delivers a career-high performance as a jeweler and gambling addict who risks it all in a high-stakes bet.

COMEDY: PALM SPRINGS (HULU)

PAIR WITH: STUFFED SHRIMP AND JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE

In this 2020 rom-com, two wedding guests are stuck in a time loop together, living the same day over and over. Sounds familiar after months of quarantine, right? But imagine you’re reliving a day filled with crazy adventures in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

Enjoy this feel-good film while indulging in our original Stuffed Shrimp and when paired with our Jumbo Lump Crab Cake appetizer, it will knock your socks off!. In between belly laughs, you will have to remind yourself that you actually aren’t a guest at a lavish resort wedding in the desert.

SUPERHERO FILM: BLACK PANTHER (DISNEY+)

PAIR WITH: OUR SEASONAL GRILLED STEAK SALAD

Feast like you’re Wakandan royalty while watching this brilliant Marvel Comics adaptation in honor of the late Chadwick Boseman, who stars as T’Challa, the heir tasked with saving his kingdom from peril. Black Panther writers suspect that residents of the fictional African nation would eat plenty of fresh green salad and sizzling steak!

ANIMATED FAMILY FILM: FROZEN II (DISNEY+)

PAIR WITH: FAMILY CRAB CAKES FOR FOUR

If your children haven’t seen Frozen II yet, choose this breathtakingly beautiful sequel for your next family movie night. But while the cold may not bother Queen Elsa, you’ll want to dine on hearty comfort food while you watch her venture into the unknown with Princess Anna and the rest of the crew. The Family Sized Order of Crab Cakes is just what you need!

CLASSIC FAMILY FLICK: HOME ALONE (HBO MAX)

PAIR WITH: PORK CHOPS FOR FOUR

Indulge in some comfort food favorites while watching Home Alone, now streaming on HBO Max. The whole family can enjoy dishes like our massive serving size of Grilled Pork Chops, Fresh Vegetables, and Housemade Potatoes.

ORDER TAKEOUT FROM ___BRAND FOR AN AT-HOME DINNER AND MOVIE

Place an online order now with Fireside Chophouse in Williamsburg to elevate your movie night. And remember, wines are now 25% with your pick-up order, so add a bottle of wine or two to enjoy with your meal and get ready for a spectacular night in!

Virtual Ways To Connect With Friends From Home

If you’re practicing social distancing these days, you can still spend time seeing family and friends and enjoying a meal together – whether it’s outside in your driveway, over Zoom or using FaceTime. Fireside Chop House believes that the universally human experience of breaking bread together is essential—even if that means going virtual. Continue reading for ideas on planning online events, and for the ultimate virtual dinner party experience, make your reservation for a party takeout order so you and all your friends can have a night of virtual celebrations together!

HOST A VIRTUAL DINNER PARTY

Technology makes it easy to see the faces of the ones you love when real life circumstances make it difficult to see each other in person. You may live far from children and grandchildren or are in quarantine at home. Maybe you’re worried about traveling or live alone and just need to see a friendly face after so much time apart. Whatever your circumstances, you can take matters into your own hands and do something as simple as throwing a dinner party over Zoom!

Some easy ways you can still spend time together are, maybe cooking one of our favorites together, or get some carry out or delivery from our restaurant. The most important thing is that you’re all spending time together via video chat.

Here are the steps to take to ensure everyone has a fun evening enjoying dinner together:

  1. Send out invitations. You can go casual and start a group text or more formal and send out invitations via companies like Evite or Paperless Post.
  2. Choose a day and time and stick with it. You can even make it a regular weekly or monthly occurrence.
  3. Make it fun – choose a theme, have people wear funny hats or a shirt from their favorite football team, etc. It’s your time together, so make the most of it.

Invite everyone to come online and then enjoy each other’s company while you eat. And perhaps the best part of it all? You don’t have to cook and clean for a large number of people!

KEEP CONNECTING AFTER YOUR MEAL

If you want to keep the good times rolling after dinner, there are plenty of fun activities you and your crew can do over the Internet.

  • Host a wine-fueled Zoom karaoke session with the help of a synchronized player like Watch2Gether — it’s free!
  • Watch a movie or binge-worthy TV show together through apps like Netflix Party, Amazon Prime Video’s Watch Party, and TwoSeven—compatible with Hulu, Disney+, and other streaming services.
  • If you love games, you can find imitations of your favorite games online, including Cards Against Humanity, Scattergories, Heads Up and more.

LET FIRESIDE CHOP HOUSE HELP YOU THROW A VIRTUAL EVENT TO REMEMBER

No matter how you decide to connect with friends and family from home, Fireside  is here for you. Join us in person for a safe and socially distanced dining experience at our restaurant or pick up a takeout order for a virtual event from home. We look forward to serving you!

 

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 care of the people in communities in which we serve, from our employees, to other restaurants and operators.

As part of our protocols, we have heightened our cleaning and disinfecting procedures to maintain a healthy environment for our guests and team members. We’ve instructed anyone who is not feeling well to stay home out of an abundance of caution and self-monitor their symptoms. In addition to following CDC guidance and partnering with local health departments, our restaurant has been equipped with recommended procedures to follow if the community, or someone from their restaurant, becomes impacted by the virus.

As the situation evolves, we may implement additional preventative measures to ensure guest and team member well being, including staffing or service modifications.

In addition, actions we have taken over the past several years have helped us prepare for scenarios like this and throughout this process, we have been continuously refining and implementing new procedures. From food safety to health and hygiene to cleaning and sanitation, we have allocated an abundance of resources into our guidelines that go above and beyond FDA requirements.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this challenging situation one day at a time and determine how best to continue serving our communities, while maintaining our focus where it belongs: on our valued guests and team members.

As the coronavirus situation evolves, we are only allowing 10 patrons inside our restaurant at a given time for the time being. Our doors remain open for take out or to-go meals starting at 4pm. Please call ahead of time as our hours of operation could change at any time due to the current situation at hand.

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 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

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 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 Charred Edges

I pulled this from a steakhouse playbook in Oklahoma. This is for the home chef of course. The steakhouse recommends putting the steak in the freezer for 45 minutes before cooking. Then place it directly on the rack. This will dry up any moisture around the meat.

how to cook like a williamsburg steakhouse

After this go right to the pan for searing. The removal of moisture combined with the high degree searing should give you the desired effect. Naturally there are a number of other factors to keep in mind as well but this technique might just help you achieve those crispy edges you are craving at home.

This is by no means the only way to achieve this end. I have a seen a number of steakhouse chef tricks that have manifested a similar result. One chef used a seasoning blend that when cooked, created crispy edges.


Crispy Steak Edges From The Pan

williamsburg va steakhouse and ways to cook better steak

Sometimes seeing a great steak being made is worth a thousand words. I saw this great clip on Youtube. Chef Keoni shows how he uses the steak fat, heat, and butter to help work up a charred crispy crust on the steak. You can see this clip at the bottom of this article.

Don’t Forget The Williamsburg Steakhouse Basics

Charred edges, while tasty, should not be the only consideration to creating a great steak at home in Williamsburg. Don’t forget that the cut of meat, dry aging, marbling, searing, seasoning, and more are critical elements to producing a steakhouse worthy steak.

Leave The Cooking to Our Williamsburg Steakhouse

Fireside Steakhouse in Williamsburg, Virginia are experts in preparing the best steak. Let our attention to detail help you enjoy a great steak without hours of prep work, cooking or guesswork.

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More Williamsburg Steakhouse Tips:

We have more articles on the different aspects of cooking a steak like a steakhouse. Check out these for more information on what goes into making that steak you are enjoying in Williamsburg so delicious.

References

Tips For Preparing The Perfect Steak. (2017, December 29). Retrieved from https://mahoganyprimesteakhouse.com/tips-preparing-perfect-steak/