This burger is now #2 on our BEST BURGER IN COLUMBIA list (just barely behind Flat Branch Brewery). We're going to have to go back to both places, many,many times, to make sure we have our rankings right! Sure, it's a tough job, but SOMEONE has to gorge on burgers, right? We're willing to take the hit. Your welcome!
We arrive at noon on Friday and have no problem getting a table. The place is busy and there's a nice 'buzz' humming in the background: always a good sign!
Richard orders the Show Me Burger with Cheddar ($5.25 for 1/2 pound) and fries ($2). Our waiter, Tom, asks how he wants it done and, as always, Richard says "medium rare."
It's gotten to be kind of a joke: the server asks how we want our burgers done; we say "medium rare," which the server writes down; but when the burgers arrive, 9/10 they are medium to medium well. NOT THIS TIME!
Richard's burger is, in my opinion, a perfect medium rare. He thinks it might be a tad to rare, but I give him a whack upside his head and he comes to his senses. He scores the burger at 46/50.
Richard says "This is a good size, it has great flavor and look at this! The bun is the right size; and it's holding up...it isn't falling apart!" This is high praise from guy who regularly criticizes the bun for a myriad of reasons.
I also order the Show Me Burger (American), medium rare, with buttered new potatoes ($3.50), and my burger is EXCELLENT, cooked to a perfect medium rare. It's rare for me to be this happy! I also score the burger 46/50.
Richard says "The fries are really good. They would be even better if they had been cooked 30 seconds less. This is a huge serving!" He scores the fries 8/10.
I score my buttered new potatoes 8/10 as well.
Tom returns to our table just often enough to make sure we're happy and responds quickly to any request, including: MORE NAPKINS! MORE NAPKINS is always a good sign: Our burgers are juicy! I love that! Richard scores service at 17/20 and I score it 18/20.
The atmosphere is nice, with, as I mentioned, a slight buzz of contented diners talking in the background and some good music playing just loud enough to hear, but not so loud as to be distracting. Richard scores ambiance at 9/10 as do I.
Murry's is on the south side, not too far from Richard's house, so he scores location 9/10. I live on the far north side so score it 8/10, but I have to say, this burger is worth the 15 minute drive! There's plenty of FREE parking!
We'll be going back. By the way, the STEAK SANDWICH at $7.50 looks fantastic (I thought it was $8.50, but the menu reads $7.50).
Tom (our server) did a nice job of checking out my questions regarding gluten free items,explaining that, while there is no gluten free menu, the folks in the kitchen are ready to accommodate gluten free requests. The fries are cooked in the same oil as battered products so they are NOT gluten free.
We'd love to hear from you! Let us know what you think of Murry's. Do you agree with our review? Do you like Murry's burger as much as we did? More? Less? Why?
This is a very good burger! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!.