For 40 years, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has been delighting patrons with their high-quality meats and unbeatable service. From award-winning dishes to one of the best happy hours in town, Perry’s proves a steakhouse can be the go-to destination for more than just a good steak (although they certainly provide that). Whether you’re looking for a venue to host your next party or a quiet dinner date spot, Perry’s is the place to go. Here are five (of many) reasons why you need to check out this beloved Birmingham spot.

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The elegant setting at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is only outdone by the food served within!

5 Reasons Perry’s Should Be Your Next Night-Out Destination

REASON #1: It’s like a trip to your favorite neighborhood butcher.

Perry’s first opened as a modest meat market in 1979, and its humble beginnings still resonate today. Even though the restaurant has grown to garner national accolades, it still harkens to its butcher-shop roots that shine through in perfectly primed USDA-aged steaks that are served with exceptional marbling and mouthwatering texture. If you thought steak was reserved for the guys, think again. Everyone at the table deserves a cut.

Here’s what makes Perry’s meat so special …

Perry’s butcher-fresh cuts can be customized to your liking from the selection of Perry’s sauces and toppers. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding one of Perry’s unique flavor styles like coffee-crusted (if you’re a java aficionado) or additions such as Truffle-Buttered King Crab to a Prime New York Strip (if you’re craving coastal flavors). You also have the option to add a savory sauce, like the Bearnaise Sauce, Peppercorn Reduction or Truffle Merlot Demiglace.

A Perry’s house favorite is their mouthwatering Famous Pork Chop. Butchered in house from the pork loin, this dish is slow-smoked and literally measures seven fingers high. It’s an ode to the measuring system used by butcher shops back in the day. Perry’s signature Chop is rubbed with a delicious blend of seasonings, cured and roasted on a rotisserie with pecan wood for up to six hours until it reaches the perfect amount of sweet, smoky and sizzling flavor. Upon order, this dish is glazed, caramelized, topped with Perry’s signature herb-garlic butter and carved tableside. It’s a dish you won’t find anywhere else, and the recipe remains secret to this day.

Perry’s famous pork chop (aka the “seven-finger-high famous pork chop”) literally measures seven fingers high, an ode to the measuring system used by butcher shops back in the day.

REASON #2: There’s a cocktail for everyone at Bar 79.

Named for the year of Perry’s founding, Bar 79 blends classic ambiance with modern libations. Live piano music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, hand-crafted cocktails and a smorgasbord of spirits can be found here. Best part? The bar offers a social hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This deal comes with $9 specialty cocktails, $9 sharable bar bites, and discounted deals on fine wine and craft beer. Now that’s something we can toast to!

If it’s your first time visiting the bar, you can’t go wrong with the Pick Three Mini Martinis. The Pick Three Martinis is for the indecisive drinker — it allows you to choose not just one, but three of Perry’s cocktails. Another fan favorite is the Smoky Rita— Perry’s twist on a margarita. It features Hornitos Black Barrel tequila shaken with a flavorful liqueur and blended with fresh lime juice, agave nectar and a Habanero rim — it’s just what you need after a long day. Make sure to pair one of these libations with a shareable bar bite. Steak tartare, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop Bites and Steakhouse pizza topped with chopped beef tenderloin are just a few favorites.

Order up the Smoky Rita and Perry’s Famous Pork Chop Bites for perhaps the most perfect social hour ever!

REASON #3: Every kind of dietary lifestyle is welcome.

No need to sit out Friday night dinner because you’re on a new diet. Perry’s can accommodate your nutrition needs (and delight your taste buds in the process). Pescatarian, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options dot the restaurant’s menu. Perry’s is intentional about offering options for all dietary preferences because who says a steakhouse can’t be for everyone? Perry’s staff knows how to serve scrumptious meals for any eater.

Instead of staying in and spending your weekend meal prepping, try Perry’s Spaghetti Squash Primavera. This gluten-free, vegan entrée is packed with fresh vegetables and boasts no shortage of flavor.

The spaghetti squash primavera, which is both vegetarian and gluten-free, is one of several menu items for those with dietary restrictions.

REASON #4: Perry’s accommodates parties large and small.

You name the type of party, and Perry’s can accommodate it. From corporate events to holiday parties, business meetings, rehearsal dinners and anniversary celebrations, Perry’s private dining rooms make the perfect setting. With options available to accommodate groups of all sizes (they can comfortably hold private events with up to 94 people), Perry’s has become known for its premier party-hosting repertoire. Each of the four private dining spaces at the Birmingham location were designed with a distinct mood to create the perfect setting, no matter the occasion. Whether it be a sit-down dinner or a mix and mingle, Perry’s has the perfect party-hosting expertise. Plus, Perry’s dedicated events team will ensure your event meets all your expectations by providing attention to every small detail — like menu selection, wine and cocktail pairings and more. You can always expect five-star service — it’s the only way they know how to party.

Having a private dinner party or social event? Perry’s can accommodate up to 94 people for events.

REASON #5: You won’t find a better grand finale (i.e. the dessert) anywhere else.

No visit to Perry’s is complete without an encore show: the dessert! Known for their signature flaming desserts, like the Bananas Foster and the Nutty d’Angelo, Perry’s knows how to end the night on a sweet and fiery note. These flaming creations are prepared tableside, giving a nice finale to an already fabulous dinner show.

Their latest dessert addition — the flaming Baked Alaska For Two — is an innovative twist on the beloved classic. Instead of sponge cake, Perry’s Master Development Chef Rick Moonen uses citrus shortbread. Traditional ice cream is replaced with frozen lemon custard and covered with a vanilla bean cloud of meringue. It’s the ultimate fusion of hot and cold — delighting all the taste buds.

The Flaming Baked Alaska for Two is the perfect blend of hot and cold — and the ideal way to end a stellar evening at Perry’s!

The Nutty d’Angelo, which comes with crushed pecans flambéed with brown sugar and brandy, is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and dipped in white chocolate and toasted … the definition of decadent!

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is located at 4 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL 35243. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. To make reservations, call (205) 968-1597 or visit perryssteakhouse.com.

This article is sponsored by Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. All photography provided by Perry’s.