This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
Robb Walsh prefers the original Perry's location on Scarsdale; in fact, it came in at No. 20 on his list of last year's 100 Favorite Dishes. But when I feel like getting dressed up and pigging out, I go for one of the high-falutin' Perry's locations to indulge in its finest dish: that famous pork chop, served with Perry's housemade applesauce.
I'll always remember the first time I ordered the pork chop here, an anomaly among the half-dozen steak orders that went up from our table that afternoon. As it was brought out, towering and sizzling atop a black comal, I saw faces fall one by one across the table. Each one read the same: I should have ordered the pork chop. Watching our server carve the massive beast tableside cemented any last lingering bits of regret into place. Perry's steak is good, but there is nothing here to compare with this pork chop.
The chop is famous for many reasons: It's raised and reared especially for Perry's, the prime cut of chop then cured and dry-aged before receiving a one-two-three combination of cooking treatments before it hits your plate. The chop is first roasted, then smoked and then finally caramelized, treated better along the way than your first-born child (assuming, of course, you're eating your young in this analogy). By this point, the flesh is clinging to the bone for dear life and you're about to sink into one of the most decadent treats that a Houston steakhouse has to offer -- and it's not even steak.
While the pork chop is worth every penny of the $30 that it costs (especially considering it's easily split between two, if not three, people), take solace if you're on a budget: You can get a lunch portion of the pork chop for $16.95 during the week, and only $11.95 on Fridays.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19 No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe No. 75: Pancakes from Fountain View Cafe No. 74: Hobnobs from Fluff Bake Bar No. 73: Chu chee eggplant from Nidda Thai No. 72: Sausage sampler from King's Biergarten No. 71: Shawarma from Abdallah's No. 70: Moules-frite at the Broken Spoke No. 69: Hong Kong-style French toast at House of Bowls No. 68: Sashimi sampler at Sushi Miyagi No. 67: Baleadas from Honduras Mayan No. 66: Snow ice from Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki No. 65: Boudin balls from MerCheri's No. 64: Miso ramen at Umai No. 63: Grim burger at Lankford Grocery No. 62: Dabeli at Bansuri Indian Food Corner No. 61: Wine and cupcakes at 13 Celsius No. 60: Pâté de France from Spec's No. 59: Steak and eggs from Ninfa's on Navigation No. 58: Breakfast pita at Niko Niko's No. 57: Vegan curry at Cafe TH No. 56: Samosas at Shiv Sagar No. 55: Ceviche at Latin Bites Cafe No. 54: Wicked Philly at Pappa Geno's