Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring 2010 Austin Restaurant Week: Lunch at Perry's Steakhouse


Yes, Perry's is a chain, and yes, you need to catch lunch or dinner there TODAY.  I've been attending performances at the Bass Concert Hall for four years, and at every performance, I see their ad in the program with a gorgeous photo of the "lunch" portion porkchop.  It's a freakin' triple pork chop.  So for 4 years, I would stare salivating at the food porn, though the ad was highly inappropriate for the "Fiddler on the Roof" program. 

$15 for a 3-course meal with a triple chop as the main dish?  This IS the best deal of restaurant week.  You would be crazy to pass it up...unless you don't eat pork (they only offer the pork chop for the main course during lunch). 

I decided to treat myself to this awesome meal deal a few hours before taking a stressful mid-term exam.

First, the chopped salad with two applewood smoked bacon was the size of a main course salad, and tasted fresh, tart, peppery, and smokey.  I was sad to put it aside once the pork chop arrived.

Chopped Salad with tomatoes, scallions, cheddar cheese, Italian dressing, and applewood smoked bacon

My, what a pork chop.  It was breathtaking--perfectly browned on all sides with a gorgeous puddle of seasoned butter with a few crumbles of what looked like blue cheese under a slice of lime.  I took my first bite without the apple sauce so I could judge the taste and moistness, and indeed, the chop needs no accompaniment.  However, cutting each piece on the lime made it even more delicious. 

Cured, Roasted, Slow-Smoked, and Caramelized Pork Chop with Mashed Potato and Apple Sauce

Triple Chop "Lunch" Portion

You can see the dark meat and white meat sections of the pork

Why are you still reading this post?  DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET ON THE PORK CHOP TRAIN ALREADY!

I obviously didn't finish the chop, but as classy a place as Perry's is, the waiters are more than happy to pack up your leftovers for you.

The dessert was a plate of creme brulee, chocolate cup filled with chocolate mousse, and a caramel cheesecake.  My favorite was the super light cheesecake followed closely by the mousse. 

Dessert Trio-Hazelnut Praline Cheesecake, White & Dark Chocolate Mousse, and Vanilla Creme Brulee

If you miss out on today's last day of restaurant week special at Perry's, then take advantage of the $10.95 pork chop special on Fridays during lunch. 

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