The Desert Sun
January 15, 2010
Hey sports fans: Murph's has expanded its bar, menu items
By Holly Hamlin
It's that time of year again, when true blue sports fans are faced with having to plan their schedules for the next couple of months. The NBA season is in full swing, the Super Bowl will be here before you know it and the Winter Olympics will kick off in February. However, one thing all fans can agree on is fried chicken — especially if it's from Murph's Gaslight.
Ralph Murphy opened the original Bermuda Dunes location in 1976 and over the years it has become known as the “Home of the Original Pan Fried Chicken.” Current owner Joshua Rushlow is a strong believer in the old saying “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
Rushlow says the bar area has been expanded to Super Bowl size, and there's a whole new menu bar to make you stand up and cheer.
If you'd rather focus on the game, keep it simple and go for the Murph's Sampler.
For $8.50, munch on potato skins, sliders, chicken strips and dipping sauce. Or try a platter of Murph's assorted sliders (mini burgers, all beef hot dogs or chicken) for $8.75.
However, major sporting events call for gold-medal deals, and Murph's doesn't disappoint. For $9.25, savor a full pound of clams simmered in a white wine and butter sauce with tomatoes and a touch of garlic.
And in order to accommodate those early start times for games on the East Coast, Murph's serves breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Palm Desert location only. What better way to start your day of sports watching than with the Bloody Mary Breakfast — three eggs, two sausages, toast, home-style potatoes and a killer Bloody Mary (or your favorite well drink). In the mood for some comfort food? A full order of biscuits and gravy ($5.75) has your name on it. Or, combine the best of both worlds with an order of chicken and waffles for $9.75.
On Sundays, Murph's serves its famous chicken dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Pan-fried to a delicate golden brown, you'll also get creamy mashed potatoes topped with country gravy and so many sides that there isn't room to list them all here. In fact, this classic chicken meal has become so popular that it's the only dinner served Sunday evenings.
For the other six days of the week, enjoy Murph's “Demi Dinners” ($9.95 before 6 p.m., $11.95 after). This slam-dunk bargain comes with a pot of homemade soup, cornbread and salad. Or try such favorites as chicken fried steak, roast turkey and dressing, Swiss steak and one of their most popular, Corned Beef and Cabbage.
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