Memorable | One of the Best
Murphy’s Steak House | Home of Oklahoma’s Hot Hamburger
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Friendly Town Steak House
Murphy’s calls itself a steak house, but to us it looks more like a friendly town cafe. Sit on stools at the counter or in a bare-tabled booth. Waitresses do not introduce themselves by name. Nor do they wax rhapsodic about ingredients in dishes they serve. These ladies are pros who don’t goof around. The food they bring to customers, including the house signature hot hamburger, lets you know that the kitchen, too, is a git ‘er done sort of place.
The House Specialty
The menu does include steaks. The T-bone and ribeye will make any carnivore happy. Nevertheless, we recommend coming to this 1940s-era eatery just east of the Osage Indian reservation not for steak. Come instead for a hot hamburger.
If you have pictured in your head some sort of beef patty in some sort of bun, erase that image. Consider this: pieces of toasted white bread spread out on a plate. The kitchen tops the toast with a large hamburger that’s been hacked into pieces. They then top the burger with a mountain of French fries. Atop the fries, they pour a spill of dark, beefy gravy as rich as Mexican mole. The combination seduces meat-loving taste buds. We love the way crisp logs of fried potato soften in places where the gravy blankets them. Where soft, they imbibe a rich beefy savor. Add squiggles of onion (an optional component) and it gets even better. Many people who come for steak instead of a hot hamburger Know to order a side dish of fried potatoes with gravy.
Variations on the theme include a hot cheeseburger, hot beef, hot steak, and hot ham.
Words to Live By
The front of Murphy’s menu sports a motto that is one of our favorites: “Gravy Over All.” When anyone orders a hot hamburger, the motto becomes a question. The waitress asks, “Gravy over all?” We’ve been told that the couple who created the restaurant, now deceased, have been laid to rest under a headstone that reads, “And Gravy Over All.”
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|