Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Another Boston post! Angela and I went to college together in Ripon, Wisconsin. She grew up a few hours north and grew up with the Friday Fish Fry. It was a new concept to me when I moved to Wisconsin, but I quickly acclimated myself to this Midwestern tradition. Fried white fish, fries and rye bread with butter, nothing says "It's Friday" quite like that. While walking around Boston we reminisced about Fish Fry at Ripon and longed for Wisconsin in general. In order to satisfy this craving, Angela decided to take me to a traditional Irish pub in Brookline where she claimed they had great fish and chips that would cure our lack of Fish Fry. We rolled into Matt Murphy's on Sunday afternoon to check it out.
Unfortunately, they were only serving brunch at this time, and fish and chips was not on the menu. But we were cold and wanted to eat, so we stayed. There was a guitar duo playing in the corner and we ordered drinks, me an Irish coffee, Angela a pear cider, while we waited a few minutes for our table.
Once seated, the waiter brought us some bread and butter to nibble on. The white bread on top had walnuts and raisins in it, but was a little dry. The circles of dark bread on the bottom were superior, it was some sort of spice bread and based on the shape, I'm guessing it was baked inside of some sort of can and then sliced. Really excellent with the sweet butter smeared on top.
Angela wanted something a bit light, so she went with the egg salad sandwich topped with asparagus and smoked salmon and served with baby arugala salad. I've never been a fan of egg salad, or eggs in a hard-boiled state in general, but Angela said it was delicious and she has pretty good taste in food, so I trust her.
I ordered the Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Omelet with chives and sour cream, served with morning potatoes, and it was excellent. So, while the Fish Fry craving was not satisfied, we did have a delicious brunch and managed to both order something with fish in it, I guess that's close enough.
Matt Murphy's Pub
14 Harvard Street,
Sunday - Wednesday till 10
Thursday - Saturday till 11