Bread Basket – Garlic, Rye, Pretzel, Cheese Stick, Butter
Murray’s Original Steak Sandwich – Medium-Rare Strip Sirloin Steak, Bacon, Provolone Cheese, Sourdough
Au Gratin Potatoes
Murray’s Raspberry Pie – Housemade Whipped Cream
Serving The Twin Cities since 1946 and famous for the hulking Silver Butter Knife Steak it was with a bit less Beef in mind that a table was booked at Murray’s Restaurant, the longtime fixture of downtown Minneapolis exactly what one might anticipate but without the gruff service of Luger’s or other “institution” Steakhouses in New York, Chicago or even Tampa Bay.
Located at 26 South 6th Street and just steps from City Center, a narrow façade that shows its age disguising what is actually a voluminous interior from front to back, it is after passing by a well-stocked Bar that guests are greeted by the host, confirmation of reservations followed by seating in a high-ceilinged room flanked by Wine.
Shortening the menu at Lunch while adding a few items for those looking to dine lighter, the option of a half-Sandwich and Soup combo seemingly popular at nearby tables, it was entirely in classics that a $30 tab was invested, the complimentary Bread Basket highlighted by crispy Garlic Squares and cheesy Batons while Pretzels were unfortunately doughy and flavorless.
Playing era appropriate tunes and still prone to Parsley garnishes, both adding to the ambiance as Men in suits talked business, it was after reading Murray’s story from a small pamphlet that entrees arrived, the Au Gratin Potatoes taking their time to cool and as rich as one might expect while “Murray’s Original Steak Sandwich” arrived cooked as requested and loaded with Prime Sirloin topped by melted Provolone Cheese plus Bacon.
Miles away from #trending hashtags, but at the same time still putting on their own style of show, it was after another brief wait that the meal concluded with Murray’s Raspberry Pie and although predating Instagram or Facebook by more than half a century the fresh Fruit with almost no added Sugar or binder was every bit as delicious as it looked.