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 couldnâ€™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 couldnâ€™t give you a firm answer either. In fact I would have to say that I would have to rank them all the best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 canâ€™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 â€śgreatnessâ€ť 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.
“Porterhouse Vs Ribeye : The Great Steak Debate.” Steak University. 12 July 2019. Web. 22 Dec. 2019.
November 19, 2019Read More
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.
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
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.
Donâ€™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. Donâ€™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.
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.
Tips For Preparing The Perfect Steak. (2017, December 29). Retrieved from https://mahoganyprimesteakhouse.com/tips-preparing-perfect-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.
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.
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.
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 wouldnâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Donâ€™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.
Nast, CondĂ©. “Before You Cook Meat, Do This”. Bon AppĂ©tit, 2019, https://www.bonappetit.com/story/room-temperature-meat-tempering.
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
- Water evaporates, concentrating flavor in the steak more intensely. Think of water as kind of a filler that is not helping the taste.
- Enzymes tenderize the meat. The natural chemical process of meat breaking down softens the steak making it tender
- 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 butÂ 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.
February 17, 2017Read More
I 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.
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 Oâ€™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:
- Balsamic Glaze
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
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.
Let 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. Canâ€™t wait to see you.
Our Location in Williamsburg
We are located on Richmond Road near the Christmas Mouse and across the street from the Hampton Inn and Suites
Other Williamsburg Steakhouse Articles
Check out our Steakhouse article on Steak Sauces
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March 27, 2016Read More
The Fireside Chophouse Bar & Grill is a longtime Williamsburg, VA steakhouse offering American staples, amid dark woods and white tablecloths