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Okay, what is it about Haus Murphy's?

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kittyfood May 21, 2010 08:54 PM

We have tried it a couple times and found it amazingly mediocre, bland-ish food that seems like Midwestern fried meats and overcooked vegetables. The house wine seems to come from a box. Every time I look on this board I see someone recommending it, so what are we missing? Do you have to love beer to like this place? Is there something delicious that we have neglected to order?

  1. ipsedixit May 21, 2010 09:20 PM

    Maybe b/c it was on Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives? And it's one of the very few German restaurants (good or bad) in the Valley?

    1. bortukan May 28, 2010 03:32 PM

      I love their red cabbage, and all kinds of sausages (with mustard). To me the cabbage is cooked down to a velvety texture, not "overcooked," but if you really like your cabbage crispy it's definitely not for you! Thought the potatoes were pretty good, too. I've never tried anything fried there, or any wine.

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester May 30, 2010 03:31 AM

        From the way it sounds, I think you might simply not be a fan of German food. The resemblance of German entrées to Midwestern fare is no coincidence. A significant portion of the Midwest was settled by Germans. The vegetables... it's not just a German thing, it's a northern Europe thing.

        1. themis May 30, 2010 12:17 PM

          Now I'm picturing people going there and coming away with, "I ordered schnitzel and they had the nerve to serve me fried meat --!" or 'I ordered wurst and all I got was a plate of sausages. Those jerks, German food sucks." Hee. Well, schnitzel is fried meat, if that's not your bag (and it's not really mine, either, certain CFS joints notwithstanding) then you might try looking past that portion of the menu.

          I'll tell you what I do at Haus Murphy's; it is one of those places where I don't really crack the menu. I ask for the specials, and they usually have one that is a piece of bony shank or knuckley kind of meat that has perhaps been cured but has surely been braised all day. Then I order that thing, whatever they call it. It is tender and flavorful and enough for two people, but I take it home and it's even better the next day. It is served with their German potatoes, which I adore, and their wirsing, which is cabbage, not at all overcooked, seasoned with caraway and butter. I adore that stuff, too. If they don't have a cut of braised meat on the menu, I'll go for the wurst sampler. Good sausage with good spicy mustard and good beer is a thing of joy. I enjoy that with a pint of whatever and I ogle their cute waiters. I am a wine drinker normally, and they do have some good German selections, but beer tends to travel better than wine so I know there's less chance of disappointment if I stick with what's on tap.

          I am not always up for that kind of meat and potatoes dinner, but when I am, I never say no to Haus Murphy's. I have taken a lot of visitors there and never had any complaints. I did marry a midwesterner, though, so maybe that's why they've praised it. The German pilots out in Goodyear (Lufthansa does all of their training there) recommend it, so I figure if it's fine for actual Germans ... miles better than, say, Hofbrauhaus or something like that.

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            kittyfood Jun 28, 2010 06:38 PM

            The bony-knuckly shank stew does sound good, so if we do go back I'll look for that.

          2. Bill Hunt Jun 4, 2010 10:22 PM

            Been a while, but we always had good meals. The wine list is quite poor, though we love GR Rieslings. Not the best GR food by a long shot, but still good.

            Sorry that you had a poor meal. Maybe "fame" got the best of them?

            Hunt

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              eightymgb Jul 27, 2010 01:58 PM

              Never been to Haus Murphy's but I'm a big fan of German food. I've been going to the Bavarian Point in Mesa for my birthday every year for the past 16 years.

              That said, I agree with @themis. German food is what it is...

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                btbaseball Aug 3, 2010 12:12 PM

                To be honest..you have to have a reference point to compare to what you are eating..If you have ever been to Germany, you know the food, I have and can tell you Haus Murphy's is better than anything I had the chance to eat there, it was still very good In Germany however. I have also had the displeasure of eating BAD German food.

                I wish Haus Murphy's would add a few items, such as rotisserie chicken which seems to be a staple in Germany, but you HAVE to try a few specialtys at this place. I know it's odd, but EVERYONE we bring loves the gnocchi, I know, I know, but you have to try it. We LOVE the cheese and poached pear plate (even though it's a little expensive) and we also love the stuffed mushrooms as far as appetizers go.

                As far as Dinner, my wife and I have a particular like for is the Kassler Kotelett (pork chops) with the red cabbage.

                Dessert is a no-brainer, BREAD PUDDING.

                One strategy I could suggest is, if you go to Haus Murphy's try an appetizer and SHARE a meal. The cost is almost HALF and you have a little room for a large beer. Otherwise, if you have a beer and an entire meal, you will NEVER be able to eat and drink it all, and will be WAY too full which means you will probably not leave feeling very well.

                Granted, the food is NOT as good as it used to be years ago, it is STILL worth the drive (45 mins) from where I live in Mesa.

                And thats my two sense.

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                  kittyfood Aug 6, 2010 09:03 PM

                  Boy, none of these responses make me want to give it another try. There is lots of good food to be eaten locally. It sounds as if you might want to go if you lived in Germany and miss the food, but that's about it.

                  1. re: kittyfood
                    JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 8, 2010 06:27 PM

                    I have an idea for you, kitty... Go there in winter when it's cold and wet, and you'll likely have yourself a new-found appreciation for it.

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