Saturday, December 14, 2013

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille {Review}

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It's no surprise that The Baron and I love our steaks. It's always fun for us to check out local steakhouses that are in the area but after awhile, steakhouses can easily be generalized as having the same steaks, same menus, same type of restaurant. Don't get me wrong - we love them for what they all offer, as similar or even the varying things they have to stand out from the rest... but recently we dined at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille. This folks, is a place to go not simply for the steaks...

From our humble beginnings as small butcher shop well over three decades ago, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is now one of the premier steakhouses in the country. Family-owned and operated, the restaurant was founded on the core philosophy of serving only the finest cuts of hand-selected USDA-aged prime steaks cut fresh daily with outstanding service, staying true to our meat market roots. 
We take great pride in our distinctive signature dishes carved tableside including an unexpected steakhouse specialty – Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, a mouth-watering chop measuring seven fingers high. The award-winning menu features our Symphony Kabob, Chateaubriand, fried asparagus, and other classics with a modern twist. A variety of desserts include flaming creations prepared tableside to finish the fanfare with Perry’s flair. 
To the delight of wine enthusiasts, Perry’s offers hundreds of wines researched to complement the menu perfectly, including rare vintages as well as Perry’s own private label reserves. And our Bar 79, named after Perry’s birth date in 1979, offers live music, mixology creations with ingredients fresh from the kitchen to the bar, and inviting social hours with bar menu items made for sharing. It’s a great place to enjoy a dessert wine or after dinner cordial – or Bar 79 can be your destination for the evening. 
Beyond this long-standing passion for five-star food and service in a vibrant yet comfortable environment, Perry’s offers the most unique private dining experience for your most important business and personal moments. It’s the perfect venue for your every occasion, from an intimate dinner to an important meeting to a celebration or family gathering to a large group. 
The Perry’s family has redefined dining with an experience that is truly Rare and Well Done®.

After driving quite a distance the night before Thanksgiving to visit Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, we were happy to thaw out from the cold in the warmth of the restaurant. The minute we stepped in, we were welcomed and were seated next to the glass encased wine room. It was beautiful to see the glimmer of each bottle - and so many of them! Live music with a singer mellowed out the cozy atmosphere and our server, Ray, really took very good care of us. To kick off our date night, the Baron had a beer while I enjoyed a Raspberry Crusta. Fresh raspberries and lemon are muddled with Ultimat vodka and Cruzan raspberry rum before being topped with a pooff of Chandon Brut and served in a sugar crusted glass (the middle cocktail in the picture above)...

We first started with Perry's Signature Fried Asparagus topped with fresh lump crabmeat and their Cherry Pepper Calamari. Both were excellent where the fresh asparagus were lightly fried in a batter. The asparagus retained a firm crispness and the lump crabmeat was a delicious pairing. The calamari had a very subtle heat and was a nice twist on the traditional calamari served at other restaurants.

Our second course were the salads. The Baron opted for the Chopped Salad with Applewood Smoked Bacon. It was very good and full of great textures and flavors. I opted for the Iceberg Wedge Salad with Applewood Smoked Bacon. The name of this salad is misleading... as it's not a wedge but rather a whole half head of iceberg lettuce. It was delicious, fresh and it came with a housemade dill ranch dressing that went perfectly with the salad.

Next up were our amazing entrees. We came to the restaurant thinking that steak would be what we would enjoy... but much to our surprise, Perry's Famous Pork Chop was the hot menu item here. The massive pork chop was cured, roasted, slow smoked, and caramelized was carved tableside and served with a homemade applesauce. Once carved, it was divided into three sections - the eye, the rib and tenderloin. Each were amazing and hands down, it was the best pork chop we've ever had. We also had the special of the night - a Chateaubriand steak accompanied with a trio of sauces. Served medium rare, it was succulent and melt in your moth delicious even without the trio of sauces.

To finish off our night, we couldn't leave without having dessert. We enjoyed the Rocky Road Bread Pudding where butterscotch bread pudding studded with chocolate chips was drenched in a caramel sauce, topped with candied walnuts and a giant toasted homemade marshmallow. If that wasn't enough, we also had Bananas Foster prepared tableside. Such a nice, personal touch with a little flair!

Overall, it was an amazing dinner and a great addition to the Chicago area. I hope they continue to expand to other areas outside of Texas and if you are in the Chicago area, please visit... you won't be disappointed!

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