Starting Monday November 11th Perry’s Steakhouse will open its doors in Oakbrook. Located adjacent to Lord and Taylor at the Oakbrook mall, this 11,000 square foot restaurant will seat up to 350 guests and looks to offer a few unique touches to the Chicago Steakhouse scene. Originally a butcher shop (opened in 1979), this family owned restaurant offers prime steaks of course but they also smoke their own sausage along with other unique touches.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview event to check out the décor, try a few dishes, and indulge in a few (or 10) cocktails. First thing you notice is the butcher case where you can hand select your steak and/or lobster (which I think is awesome), a nice blend of dim lights, warm woods, and cool swirling light fixtures that add a little fun. I found a nice spot at “Bar 79” where I enjoyed the passed hor d’oeuvres and started on my cocktail journey. Let’s talk about the food and then we’ll finish with the drinks.

First thing passed was their signature Polish sausage which is the same recipe from the original butcher shop. The sausage had a nice hint of smoke and just the right snap from the casing. Next item was sushi grade Ahi tuna and avocado on top of fried wonton chips. Very fresh and tasty indeed! Up next were the crab cakes that had a nice crunchy panko crust and huge lumps of crab meat. Next item was the beef tenderloin sliders that melted in my mouth and before I was done I saw the pizza that had thinly shaved NY strip! I expected the sirloin to be a little tough but it was very tender and I bit clean thru. To stick with the beef we also sampled some chateaubriand with its tender center and nice peppery crust. To cap it off was the pork chop. Now this is the manliest pork chop you or I have ever seen! Standing at 7 fingers tall, this monster had a sweet crust with notes of brown sugar and is recommended to share.

Most people start with cocktails but I’ll end with them. The drink menu offers 12 cocktails to choose from or you can do a flight of 3 minis if you dig variety like I do. I tried 10 minis and enjoyed them all but let me highlight my top 3. The Raspberry  Crusta has fresh raspberries and lemon muddled together with Cruzan raspberry rum, served in a sugar rimmed glass and topped with a splash of Chandon Brut. Number two for me was the white port sangria with mango and apricot muddled with peach vodka and served with an orange twist. Number three was the Juniper Grapefruit which combined ruby red grapefruit, basil, Belvedere grapefruit vodka, and gin. I never thought of basil in a drink but it was dynamite!

So since I wasn’t there for an actual dinner and did not experience a table service I can’t do an official review, but I will say that things look very promising. So any suburbanites looking for a downtown experience but without all the downtown parking hassles would be wise to put Perry’s on their must try list. Here’s hoping they can deliver on that promise.