Perry's is the only steakhouse I visit where I ignore the steaks completely. They're good. I've had them. But they don't compare to Perry's best item: the pork chop, rightly famed as the restaurant's most popular item. Carved tableside, the massive pork chop is a testament to the care with which Perry's prepares its dishes—even before the ingredients come into their kitchen.
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The pork itself is raised for Perry's, the Houston-based chain of steakhouses that began with Bob Perry's original butcher shop on Scarsdale. Although it's normally on the menu for $35, the famous pork chop is being sold this Friday at lunch for only 79 cents in honor of the butcher shop, which first opened in 1979. A dining room was added by Perry's son, Chris, in 1986. Over the next dozen years, the Perry's chain became the juggernaut it is today.
These days, the original Perry's on Scarsdale still serves that famous pork chop. In combination with the nine locations throughout Texas (including six in Houston), Perry's now serves 3,000 pork chops a day. The chops go through a multi-step process before they're carved tableside: the dry-aged pork is roasted, then smoked, then caramelized on a blistering hot skillet that's delivered straight to your table. It's served dripping with butter, and a side of Perry's homemade applesauce.
When I was the food critic for the Houston Press, I named Perry's pork chop to the No. 53 spot on my list of 100 Favorite Houston Dishes. The year before, Houstonia food editor Robb Walsh—as the food critic who preceded me at the Press—gave it an even higher honor, putting the pork chop in the No. 20 spot on his own list of 100 favorite dishes. If you've never had the pork chop, tomorrow is the ideal time to experience this porcine treat for yourself.
The 79-cent pork chop is available at all six Houston-area Perry's locations, but be warned: customers start lining up early in advance of the lunch hour, which begins at 11 a.m. I'm not saying you need to bring a tent and camp out (but maybe bring a tent and camp out).