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Holiday feast on Merchant Street

A La Carte

December 20, 2020

Story By: Ginger Keller | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Pork Chop ($17.50)

Those who adore cranberries, an essential component to any holiday meal, have that in common with Murphy’s Bar & Grill owner Don Murphy. The Merchant Street locale — which is decked out on holiday decorations, courtesy of Murphy’s wife Marion (stop in to see it for yourself) — is currently offering not one, but three dishes encompassing the complementary fruit.

“It’s that time of the season,” says Murphy, who’s held down the storefront since 1987. “Cranberries go good with everything in my eyes.”

Just in time for Christmas, try the Eggnog Bread Pudding ($8), a holiday-themed spin on the restaurant’s regular dessert item, which is served with ice cream and (you guessed it) cranberry sauce.

Holiday Bread Pudding ($8)

Now for the second dish, a Pork Chop ($17.50) is sliced directly off a whole rack, decorated in the ever-so-versatile cranberry sauce, and comes with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

“We served them before, every Christmas, and (customers) love them,” says Murphy. “It’s one of our traditional Christmas specials.”

Those who haven’t eaten enough turkey this holiday season will certainty enjoy the Open Face Turkey Sandwich (call for price), a staple menu item that was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with host Guy Fieri. Featuring in-house roasted turkey and gravy, customers have the option of white or wheat bread to choose from, and mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and fresh cranberry sauce complete the meal.

Also, don’t forget: Murphy’s Bar & Grill is offering a 2020 Holiday Menu Package (limited availability) for four that’s slated for a Christmas Eve pickup. Included in the bundle are roasted turkey, ham, ambrosia salad, scalloped potatoes, oven-roasted vegetables, Italian sausage stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and an apple-pear cranberry crumble.

Murphy’s Bar & Grill is open daily and is also available for takeout. Keep in mind that the restaurant will be closed Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 1-3.

“Have a Merry Christmas and be careful,” Murphy adds.

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