Irish modern classic cuisine at Mrs. Murphy and Sons in Chicago
In Chicago, the recently passed Saint Patrick’s Day need not be confined to drunken parade-goers and green beer. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Chicago’s authentic and important Irish culture the right way, by checking out the dyed-green river for a minute, then heading to Mrs. Murphy and Sons. Maintaining a nice balance of traditional pub vibe with a modern touch—this is food you might find in Dublin today, not tired, Americanized versions of greasy pub grub—Mrs Murphy and Sons stands out among a sea of green.
The expansive space encompasses five dining rooms and two bars, and the dinner menu features a well-executed version of several Irish classics, from boxty potato cakes, house-cut chips, and Guinness and onion soup to Sheperd’s Pie and Mrs. Murphy’s Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Unlike the ubiquitous beer-soaked bars slinging mediocre fish and chips and the like, Mrs Murphy and Sons—who descend from a family of Irish-American Chicago cops and firefighters—serve up quality, receiving rave reviews since opening in 2005.