My wife and I, along with two of our grandchildren, stopped in for dinner at Murphy’s. We arrived right around 5 PM on a Saturday and were fortunate to beat the crowd that ended up waiting for dinner. Since I grew up in Bartlesville, I knew about Murphy’s. My mom used to work there when I was a kid. As a young adult, I used to stop there to eat the “hot hamburger” whenever I could. Even though I haven’t eaten here is 20 years, I knew what I wanted without looking at the menu. The one thing that has changed is that I cannot eat an entire “hot hamburger” in one sitting anymore. In fact, I left with more than half of it and it will be another entire meal. As always, the French fries are fresh and delicious.
My wife was hungry as we hiked all of the trails at Woolaroc, and she finished off the 13 oz rib eye and a large baked potato. She had high praise for the steak – that is saying a lot as steak is one of her favorite foods.
Regarding the hot hamburger, it is to Bartlesville what the cheesesteak is to Philadelphia. Also, there is no middle ground – you either really like it, or you do not like it. Fortunately for those of us that cannot eat an entire hot hamburger, a junior hot hamburger is offered. Still, though, the junior hot hamburger will fill up most everyone.
I look forward to eating the leftovers of my hot hamburger this evening for dinner! I look forward to returning to Murphy's sooner than a couple of decades for the next visit.
By the way, my picture does not do justice to the hot hamburger. The food was stacked almost 6" in height.