Dine for a Good CauseCover Story
December 1, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
As the holiday season ramps up, Murphy’s Bar & Grill is cooking up a special holiday promotion to help keiki and their families.
Veteran restaurateur Don Murphy continues his legacy of giving back to local organizations, and his namesake Murphy’s Bar & Grill at the corner of Merchant Street and Nuuanu Avenue is teaming up with Hawaii Gas to “Score One for the Kids” as a benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHC).
Starting Monday, Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 16, guests can stop by Murphy’s and donate (cash or check) to RMHC to benefit families of seriously ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals and earn an entry into a drawing for a special VIP prize pack.
The grand-prize array includes: two sideline tickets to the SoFi Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 at Aloha Stadium; two VIP passes to the Hawaii Gas VIP Tailgate before the game; a Weber grill from Hawaii Gas; and dinner for two at Murphy’s Bar & Grill. As an added bonus, the first 50 people to make donations will receive two complimentary tickets to the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
“No donation is too big or too small as we give back to the Ronald McDonald House, which has been a vital part of our community for more than 30 years,” says Murphy. “Guests can join us here, give back, and enjoy the game — everybody wins.”
Throughout the holiday season, Murphy’s is serving up a special, Pork Chops ($17.50) prepared with the bone and cooked as a rack before being sliced to order. This savory pork chop is topped with fresh cranberry sauce to enhance the flavor profile.
“This time of year, you get delicious fresh cranberries,” says Murphy. “It’s one of my favorites, and it offers special take on this classic.”
The Blarney Burger ($14.75) is built with imported Guinness-infused white cheddar from Ireland. All burger and sandwich selections at Murphy’s are served with a choice of fries or potato salad, and house salad may be substituted for $2 more. As the saying goes at Murphy’s, “Every day is St. Patrick’s Day,” and this popular burger brings the taste of the Irish home in every bite.
“It’s our best-selling burger,” says Murphy. Fans of the hit television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives will recognize the must-try Open Faced Turkey Sandwich ($16.50), which is served daily. The delicious sandwich is served on whole wheat or white bread with gravy, cranberries, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.
Steak Salad ($24.50) is a daily special offered at the restaurant (be sure to mention you read about it in Dining Out) that features mixed greens, avocado, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and fresh strawberries, blueberries and grapes with one’s choice of dressing and sliced prime top sirloin.
Another go-to Irish classic, Corned Beef & Cabbage ($17.50) is served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.
The Season of Giving
As Christmas draws closer, owner of Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Don Murphy, along with his wife Marion and the friendly team are preparing to host “Miracle on Merchant Street” on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Attendees bring an unwrapped gi~ that volunteers wrap for kids from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii, and the event turns into a festive party full of merriment and ono food. “Especially for the holiday season, my wife has made °ve or six quilts that hang on the wall and our Christmas tree is incredible!” says Murphy of the soon-to-be-decorated restaurant. “We strive to continue making great food. And, the Sunday night dinners during the holidays are special because so many people who may have moved come back and spend time with family, so it’s a lot of fun.”