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Marbling Is Critical To Great Steak

October 16, 2019Read More

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 marbling. Marbling is not just the amount of fat in the meat. It is the distribution of that fat throughout the meat. A well marbled piece of steak has tiny spots or flecks of white fat going throughout it.

Great Steak And Marbling = Moisture

As unappealing as the term fat may sound, it does some important things for that Porterhouse or T-bone you are dining on in Williamsburg. Those tiny pieces of fat serve as moisture regulators. As the steak heats up during cooking, they melt slowly, keeping the meat nice and tender. The fact that the fat is in small quantities spread throughout meat, means the process will be slow and distributed properly. Combine this with a slow cooking time and you are going to get a steak that is tender.

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A Great Steakhouse Knows Marbling Delivers Flavor

On top of just tenderness, marbled steak delivers an incredible flavor. The fat itself adds flavor to the non adipose portion of the steak. This is why marbled steaks are synonymous with great steakhouses. That incredible aroma is carried by that fat, that is now marinated throughout the steak. It is a flavor you have to taste to really understand.

Check Out More Information On Steak And Marbling

I put together some more information on marbling here. Click over and learn even more about the impact that it has to steaks and steakhouses alike.

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Come Enjoy A Marbled Piece Of Steak At Our Williamsburg Steakhouse

We know what marbling means to a great steak experience. We have been serving up delectable cuts of meat for over 50 years. Come taste for yourself the difference our experience can make when you want a great steak.

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 Tips: Cooking Steak At The Right Temperature

September 3, 2019Read More

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 necessary to effectively sear gourmet meat. That being said there are things you can do to improve those meals where you are making steak yourself at home or on the grill.

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Steakhouse Tips

Put in steakhouse tips or steakhouse grilling tips into the Google search box and you will be inundated with results. Steakhouse tip after tip will pop up and offer instructions on just about every element involved with preparing a great steak. Great steak is the culmination of a lot of little details that make a huge difference. One tip you may see very high on the list is the importance of not taking steak right from the refrigerator to the grill.

Steakhouse Tip: Avoid This Steak Mistake

Many steakhouse chefs consider this a major mistake in preparing steak. The rationale behind this is justified. For many non steak chefs it seems like a simple oversight but it can have a detrimental impact on that steak you are about to cook.

I have seen articles that are contrary to this. They say it does not matter, or the impact of the temperature difference between the inner area and outer area of the meat is minuscule. I say why take that chance. Maybe you have one of those refrigerators that is colder than it should be, leaving the inside of that tenderloin much colder than you realize.

Steakhouse Williamsburg Tips

Let The Steak Reach Room Temperature

Be on the safe side and make sure that steak is one consistent temperature before you grill it. You do not want the meat heating up unevenly on the grill. And on the off chance that you miscalculated the difference in the temperature throughout the meat, this is a great fail safe. I think that is why a lot of the steakhouse chefs mention this as a thing to look out for when grilling at home.

Come Visit Our Steakhouse And Don’t Worry About The Temperature At All

You can eliminate worry about meat temperature altogether by letting Fireside do all the work. Come to our Williamsburg Steakhouse for an incredible steak, cooked just the way you like, without any hassle.

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Sources

Nast, CondĂ©. “Before You Cook Meat, Do This”. Bon AppĂ©tit, 2019, https://www.bonappetit.com/story/room-temperature-meat-tempering.

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.

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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

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.

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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Steakhouse 101: What Makes A Great Williamsburg Steak

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 […]

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Williamsburg Steakhouse: Dry Aging The Steaks

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 […]

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Grilling Tips

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..  

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5 Star Steakhouse

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 […]

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5 Star Steakhouse

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 […]

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Grilling Tips

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..  

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

SPECIALS

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SPECIALS

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OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY AT NOON

Serving our full regular menu and a Christmas Dinner Special.

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DINNER FOR TWO $39

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Available Daily from 4 p.m.

Menu may vary. Not valid with any other offer and restrictions may apply.

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

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

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