Food Review: At home with the Irish

When @formulaoneut asked me what my favorite watering hole in the city of salt was, I didn’t quite know what to say. Then I realized the one place Ava, Erin and I go to most often is the Irish pub proudly proclaiming itself, “a step down in social clubs.” Yep, Murphy’s Bar and Grill at 160 South Main Street.

It’s not exactly the kind of place you would expect to find three 21-year old women on a Friday night, right? I mean, it’s a pub in a basement lined with leprechauns. They serve PBR on tap, Irish stew and cheese fries. The food is good, but not yummy enough for me to go out of my way to get there. And it’s not especially cheap, with $7 Newcastle and $9 burgers it’s pretty average for a Salt Lake City pub.

Last time I was there, I had the fish and chips for just under $9. The menu declares the meal “world famous.” I have no idea how it would have that designation given that the food was pretty average-exactly what you would expect from a pub.

So why is it when I’m starving and thirsty in Downtown, I inevitably end up at Murphy’s? Well, because it is a pub. Murphy’s is the kind of place where the city’s blue collar guys go after a long day of work. They are at the bar to drink a few beers and talk with their buddies (intense man-bonding) before they head home to their wives and girlfriends.

And strangely enough, that suits me just fine. Every once in a while it’s nice to go to a place where the guys are not ogligng every woman who walks in the door. Sure, no one pays for my drinks, but I can pay for myself. The waitresses aren’t intent on picking up their clientele and manage to wear clothes that constitute cute, comfortable and covered. And if any guy gets out of hand, the waitresses are right there taking care of business.

So I guess on a quiet Friday night, I find myself with my two favorite girls at an Irish pub for middle-aged, blue collar guys because everyone is there just to hang out with their friends. And seriously, where else can you hear two Irish guys talk for hours about Ireland?

Where do you like to hang out after a long day?


About kristamaesmith

I'm a writer living with my boyfriend in Salt Lake City, Utah where I cheer for the Jazz, walk my dog, and spend too much money in local restaurants. I work in marketing for higher education and blog about food, travel, television, and whatever shiny moment catches my fancy.
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2 Responses to Food Review: At home with the Irish

  1. Lady Collins says:

    Any place that show's Shark Week on their TVs is a good place in my book. It's also nice to have a place where you can just go and hang out and not be hassled. That's a big reason why Triple T loves it so much. I think it's the only bar that she's willing to go to by herself.Also, you totally forgot to mention the dart games, shame on you.

  2. Krista Smith says:

    Lady Collins,Why the name change? And it even links to your blog…wow!I know, but since we didn't play darts last time we were there I decided to leave them out. Although, the dartiness is very enjoyable with the beer. Props to Triple T for hanging at a bar by herself. Brave woman!

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