30 May 2012

Pork Chop Wednesday & Friday - Perry's Steakhouse & Grille (Houston,TX)

Imagine 5,000 pork chops being served during lunchtime just two days a week across nine restaurants!  Add to that the five-day process to prepare them.  If you think that is a bit much the team at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will disagree with you because they take pride in this tradition since the restaurant originally started over 30 years ago as a butcher shop.  In 1979, Mr. Bob Perry opened Perry's Butcher Shop and Deli which has grown into one of Texas' most famous steakhouses with nine location throughout the state.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille infamous Pork Chops

One of the most famous traditions for as long as I can remember growing up in Houston has been Pork Chop Wednesday!  Starting in the Clear Lake location, people--self included--used to stand in a line which went out the front door.  Getting one of the much coveted seats during lunch takes great tactical skills!  According to Assistant General Manager in Clear Lake, Kirk Baird, "[Mr Perry] added Fridays so that we could meet the demand...pork chop Friday is our lunch special at all locations including Austin where patron[s] still wait in line to get a seat."  If you want this $11.95 Pork Chop special on both Wednesday and Friday then you have to go to the Clear Lake restaurant because it is the only location where this is offered both days.

The Five Day Process

  • Use Perry salt cures the chops and create "Texas sized" portions
  • Season with special BBQ rub
  • Slow smoke with pecan wood for 18 hours
  • Caramelize with sugar
  • Finish in the oven
Once all of these steps are complete, the chops are then served to the anxiously waiting patrons with Perry's famous herb-garlic butter, whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce.

Other Favorites
Perry's has an extremely delicious menu but if you are looking for something on the lighter side then I highly recommend the following:

Perry's Signature Fried Asparagus
This is one of my favorite appetizers EVER.  I have been eating it for years and I am still not over it.  The jumbo lump crab meat with butter and lemon makes this an unforgettable dish.

Fried Asparagus Appetizer

Warm Spinach & Shrimp Salad
One of the Entree Salad selections, the spinach & shrimp salads is very filling.  With pieces of bacon and sweet onion throughout, you will not be disappointed.

Warm Spinach & Shrimp Salad

The Sweets
I once again found myself too full to enjoy my favorite part of every meal!  If I would have been able to enjoy dessert I would have chosen the following:

Mont Blanc a la Frisc
The Mont Blanc is one of Perry's "Signature Flaming Desserts" and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  When I lived in Houston, I would sometimes make a special visit just to eat this particular dish.  It is a homemade sponge cake with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.  But it does not stop there!  It is then topped with flambeed Belgium white chocolate sauce with Bailey's Irish Cream.  All of this is done right at your table--I once thought my hair was going to catch on fire!

Dessert Trio
Vanilla Bean Creme Brule, Grand Marnier Chocolate Truffle and Praline Cheesecake.  I think the picture speaks for itself!  My favorite of the three is the Praline Cheesecake.  If it is your birthday, this dessert trio is part of your special day!

Dessert Trio (courtesy of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)

There are nine Perry's locations throughout Texas.  Six in Houston, and one in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.  Perry's is starting a new "Sunday Dinner" tradition.  You can enjoy any Salad Pork Chop & Dessert Trio for $24.95 between 4PM - 9PM.  If you can't make it to Pork Chop Friday then I highly recommend you visit a Perry's Steakhouse & Grille near you so you can enjoy a nice Sunday Dinner.

Gourmand Girls' Conclusion: 5 VIPs
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille's Pork Chops get our highest rating of 5 VIPs!

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