Such a foodie week in Atlanta! It’s Restaurant Week in Virginia Highland now through Saturday, October 25, and today I had a wonderful lunch at Murphy’s. It’s the classic neighborhood family restaurant that also happens to be a business meeting destination, a lunch-with-the-ladies or grab-a-beer-with-the-guys afternoon spot, and a couples romantic retreat.
Murphy’s has long been a favorite of mine, and I’ve never been disappointed by a meal there. For our family, the restaurant recalls a special occasion as well – the moment my son learned he would become a student at Georgia Institute of Technology we were dining there.
Perfect for celebrations or an everyday meal, Murphy’s is a fascinating combination of trendy restaurant, bakery, and wine shop. It shouldn’t work, but somehow it does – beautifully. The combination is unique, as is the covered glass stand of fresh-baked cookies always set up near the front door. I’m told that neighbors will pop by on their evening walks, take a cookie, and leave a donation. It’s the honor system done right, and it adds to Murphy’s welcoming charm.
If you’re a solo diner – no worries. The bar is open and spacious and perfectly comfortable for enjoying a pleasant meal while watching the comings and goings around you and chatting with the friendly staff.
The food and the atmosphere, I must say, are always excellent. Under the direction of Tom Murphy, chefs work with seasonal ingredients to craft dishes with a unique culinary spin. Today I enjoyed a hearty salad of barley, slow-sauteed slivers of zucchini, Vidalia onions, red peppers, and artichokes, plus a fabulous five-nut vinaigrette that blended peanuts,
almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachio nuts. This dish was offered with shrimp, but I chose instead a pesto-seasoned chicken breast to top mine. With a garnish of baby basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic reduction, every bite was savory and fulfilling. Great recipe, chef!
Plan to check out Murphy’s during this first-ever Highland Restaurant Week. Just remember that parking in this neighborhood area can be a bit tricky – but the hunt for a space is absolutely worth it. Valet parking service is available during dinner.
Murphy’s, 997 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA. 404.872.0904