Murphy’s Bakery has great lunch options, something extra

Back when I was covering sports, there were times — like Friday football nights — I didn’t get home until the wee hours of the morning.

If I was leaving after 4am, I would head to Murphy’s Bakery in downtown Bad Ax for a donut and coffee. It was always a great way to start the weekend, even though the weekend had started for just about everyone.

But Murphy’s offers much more than donuts. Turns out the bakery is a great place to grab lunch, which I did on a recent Thursday afternoon with Tribune staff writer Robert Creenan.

It was Robert’s birthday, so he had the chance to eat at the Tribune’s expense. He’s a lifelong fan of Buffalo’s major league sports teams, so he always needs encouragement no matter the time of year. He is currently mourning the Sabers’ absence from the Stanley Cup playoffs, something he hasn’t quite gotten used to although it has happened regularly over the past 11 years.

Lunch options at Murphy’s include a selection of sub sandwiches, potato salads and homemade macaroni, as well as things like spinach dip and a rotating menu of hot lunch items like chili dogs, Reubens and the steamroller sandwiches. There’s a soda fountain, a cooler filled with drinks, and a locker with small packets of chips.

I ordered a foot long chili dog from the daily menu and chose a small container of potato salad. Robert grabbed a turkey sub, macaroni salad and a bottle of water from the cooler. We added a smiley face cookie for Robert and something that looked like a slice of cake made from two thick slices of banana bread.

The chili dog, dressed in onions and mustard, was what I expected – flavorful and traditional. What you see is what you get. The potato salad tasted homemade and would be a reason to have lunch at Murphy’s on its own. And the sub rolls, which I’ve been lucky enough to try on previous visits, are what you’d expect from a bakery sandwich – soft and delicious.

Here’s what Robert had to say about his turkey sub and macaroni salad:

Sub: I had a turkey and a Swiss sub on what looked like an “everything” roll among the freshest offerings. The deciding factor was Swiss cheese versus those with American cheese or cheddar, as I prefer cheeses that aren’t as sharp on my sandwiches. I went with ketchup as I don’t like bland yellow mustard or mayonnaise as a condiment.

The sandwich was pretty basic, with meat that reminded me of one you’d see freshly sliced ​​in a deli, but it was what I expected.

As we waited for delivery of Mark’s chili dog, I noticed the larger subs on the bottom shelf that could last maybe three or four meals. It would probably be worth sharing with someone another time.

Macaroni Salad: I don’t normally try these types of salads which are not lettuce based but rather mayonnaise. There were chunks of other vegetables to go with the macaroni, but it wasn’t as drenched in mayonnaise as I expected, even with a little spiciness. Again, not one to partake in such a salad, but would be worth bringing to a gathering if asked.

Smiley Cookie: I haven’t tried any other candies from Murphy’s alongside the different types of donuts on offer. I was reluctant to have dessert as I had already received a box of similar yellow-smiley sugar cookies from an aunt for my birthday. He calmed down easily and suffered no sugar spikes afterwards.

Mark here. If you have a sweet tooth, the fresh baked goods Murphy has to offer should make it your no. 1 destination for lunch (yes, I know, dessert is a dinner thing, not a lunch thing, but walking out of the bakery without something sweet is a lost trip, if you ask me).

The banana bread creation I tried featured two slices of chewy banana bread filled with a banana glaze, which was repeated on top with additional bread pieces, crumbs, and a drizzle of glaze. It was even better than it looks, and while my doctor might frown on what I ordered for lunch, I have no regrets.

Sweet, rich and savory, this lunchtime banana bread and cake hybrid will hurt your afternoon productivity as you fight the urge to doze off at your desk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Murphy’s Bakery is located at 110 W. Huron Ave. in Bad Axe. Hours are 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Murphy’s also has a Port Austin location at 35 W. Spring St. Call 989-269-8291 for more information.

Mark Birdsall is associate editor of the Huron Daily Tribune. Email him at [email protected] If you know a good place for lunch, let us know.

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