MURPHY’S MULE BARN – An Albuquerque reminder of the Midwest 60 years ago.

Chicken Fried Steak – a reminder of the Midwest in the 60’s.

If you were raised in the Midwest, like me, you recall the simple meal of chicken fried steak, vegetables, salad and potatoes. Ok, so I opted for french fries instead of the mashed potatoes.

This has been an Albuquerque treat since the early 60’s, and is still going strong today. Where else can you get chicken-fried steak for $10.85 or liver and onions for $9.50. In fact in this day of rampant cardiologists, where can you find these Midwestern favorites at all.

Located in Albuquerque at 2nd street and Alameda (9200 2nd NW), it is open from 6;00 AM to 8:00 PM, no liquor,  large helpings and a friendly staff that reminds you of  home if you come from the Midwest.

When I travel, I like to visit places that remind me of my youth, which I imagine to be a simpler, friendlier time. Perhaps it is not true, but still…. It is what makes genealogy interesting and Murphy’s beats fast food places.

The wall in Murphy’s Mule Barn.

The exterior hasn’t changed in 60 years.









Murphy’s doesn’t have a web site, but you can check out its menu at Zomato.

Wherever you go, look for your roots. Relive the past, if only for a chicken fried steak in a funky cafe.

Now that I am reminiscing, I need to look for something even better with its roots in the Midwest – a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich which will take me back to late nights in college in Iowa. Stay tuned.

You might want to search out favorite foods of your youth.


GOOGLE: Town you are going to +name of food

For example:    breaded pork tenderloin +Albuquerque

The menu at Murphy’s doesn’t show a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.

The search yields M’tuccis restaurant and a” Crispy Green Chile  Roasted Pork Tenderloin Sandwich” for lunch at $12; the best of Iowa and New Mexico.


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