Brunch at Murphy's Grill is a popular, new offering. The hostess confided that this was the first time they had to run a waiting list. Wait times were not bad, around 10 minutes on Sunday, January 14th, 2013. The restaurant is located at 657 S. Broadway in Boulder, CO. As you walk in, you are brightly greeted by a hostess who will seat you.
The decor is the modern bistro style with a well stocked, full bar on one side, separated from the open floor of dining area by a partition. Large windows and mirrors brighten the space and add cheer. The mirrors display paintings of jazz musicians, which made me think that they should be playing jazz music.
Before being seated, I ordered an Irish Coffee at the bar. It was made with Jameson Irish whiskey, regular coffee and whipped cream with crème de mint on top. For me, I have enjoyed Irish Coffee more. I could only taste the whiskey, and I prefer it with some Baileys added. I wished I had known how accommodating they are at Murphy's because Chris indicated that they could have made changes to the drink. Drinks are not cheap, it was nearly $8.00, so make sure you let the server or bartender know if you don't like it.
After we were seated, our server, Chris took our order. He was courteous, polite and helpful. He answered all of our questions and did not get frustrated if we wanted to change something. The restaurant specializes in offering something for everyone and can accommodate special diets, including vegan and gluten free diets. There are colored dots on the menu that help guide you to your preferred cuisine.
My dining companion ordered the chorizo breakfast burrito, with green chile. It was served with an amazing little salad of spring greens and pico de gallo. The chorizo was some of the best I had ever tasted. The green chile was delicious and had a lovely, silky texture. It was garnished with fresh avocado. The presentation was lovely, because of the variety of colors from the vegetables and green chiles. We were surprised by how quickly the food arrived, considering how busy they were.
I ordered the eggs Florentine, with medium poached eggs and some of the most delicious hollandaise I have ever tasted. Rather than overpower the dish, it enhanced the flavors of the eggs and vegetables. It is easy to add too much lemon juice or the wrong amount of salt. Murphy's hollandaise sauce had the perfect balance of flavors. The ripe tomato slices, avocado and sauteed spinach gave the perfect textures and flavors to the dish. The English muffin was the most excellent balance of crispy outside and fresh and soft inside. The best bites included a bit of each ingredient with some soft yolk and hollandaise sauce all in one fork full.
In addition to our main entrees, we also shared a half order of the french toast and bacon. The bacon was crispy and flavorful. The french toast was seasoned with cinnamon and served with real maple syrup and Murphy's own, in-house strawberry compote. We kind of used this dish as our breakfast dessert. The French toast had the perfect texture and flavor. The regular coffee at Murphy's was a very good accompaniment to the French toast.. They serve it with real cream. It was delightful, and we really loved the strawberry compote. The French toast was served with a small dish of fruit. It consisted of cantaloupe, grapes and pineapple. The fruit was fresh and delicious.
We were pleasantly surprised at the end of the brunch, when we got the bill. It was only around $34.00, even though we had 3 different dishes. The Irish Coffee had been paid for separately. Overall, it was a very good experience as well as a good value. I would totally recommend bunch at Murphy's.