Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lots More to try at Lew Murphy's

I am happy to say my favorite season is finally in full swing.  The summer is a great time for taking mini road trips so after receiving an invite to try the wings at Lew Murphy's (located just a minute off of exit 14 on the 101) I took them up on the offer and planned a recent day around it.

We stopped in on a Thursday afternoon on our way home from a sunny day at the Aylesford zoo and I couldn’t wait to try the wings.  A pound will run you $11.49 and two pounds is only $15.99 – that’s the same price for unlimited wings if you’re feeling hungry on a Thursday night.  

Breading: 3/5 - The wings are lightly dusted in house and had a great flavor however they were not too crispy as they were basted in a bit of butter as I learned after the meal.  More on this later.

Overall quality: 4/5 – The meat had a good flavor and didn’t contain that “frozen too long” taste that we all sometimes come across.  Only one of the drum sticks had a dark patch of meat.  Two wet naps arrived with the order which was nice to see but I couldn’t help but notice a little puddle of what I thought was grease forming on the plate.  This wasn’t too appealing but I later learned why this occurred.

Sauce selection: 2/5 - Mild, Medium, Hot, Honey Garlic, Sweet Thai and Jh Murphy (this is their suicide sauce – “Jesus H Murphy”) are your choices.  I went with the hot on the side and after the first dunk I quickly recognized this as one of my favorites – Dave’s Famous Chicken Wing sauce, you can’t go wrong with that.

Service: 4/5 - We were greeted quickly, food arrived at a reasonable pace, refills were offered and our server was very nice.  The menu has a few unique items on it and I wanted to start with the Brisket Poppers however I was informed they didn’t have any.  Not a huge deal but they sounded so good (you can check out the menu on their site).  I was slightly disappointed to find out at the end of the meal that the Brisket Poppers were actually available, I’ll try them next time I’m there.

Size: 5/5 - These were some pretty big wings, I was very happy to see that the larger wings did not contain a lot of dark meat as they sometimes do.
Overall rating: 3.6/5

I had the opportunity to speak with the owner (Joey) and the chef (Rick) at the end of the meal and it was great, I rarely get that chance.  He had no idea I was there until after the meal.  He mentioned they have their own smoker, all bread is made in house and is also the only restaurant to offer Certified Angus Beef in the area, I was impressed. 

This is also when I learned about the butter basting and a bit on how the wings are prepared.  There was no dry spice choice on the menu and I asked if it may be possible to throw some dry Cajun on if they had any and I was told it would not be a problem.  In order to make the dry spice stick to the wings a little butter was mixed in, so that explains why they appeared so greasy.  Next time I’ll skip the dry spice to enjoy the breading more.

This is the second visit that I have had to Lew Murphy's, the first time was in the “pre Wingman” era and recall the food being delicious back then as well.  I’ll be sure to take a stop in the next time I’m around the area to try a few other items off the menu as I still can’t stop thinking about the Brisket Poppers.

1 comment:

  1. Another great review,.......I will try this place out!!