Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Now Open: Murray's Tables & Tap in south Kansas City

Murray's Tables & Taps is open in the former Maya's space.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Cold beer, fresh juices and smoked meats are the calling card at the new Murrays Tables & Tap
  • Cold beer, fresh juices and smoked meats are the calling cards at the new Murray's Tables & Tap

There's a very nice 50-seat patio in back of the new Murray's Tables & Tap at 12921 State Line, but the weather has been so damn hot, most customers currently prefer to sit inside. "At least until the sun goes down," says one of the servers. And the interior of the space is certainly alluring on a blistering June afternoon, comfortably designed in a palette of cool earth tones - browns, tans, sage and rust - with cozy booths and, as the title suggests, tables.

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Owner Patrick Murray opened his pub on June 7th; the space was formerly occupied by Maya's Mexican Bistro. The meats here are house-smoked: ribs, brisket, wings and corned beef. I can attest to the glories of the moist, tender corned beef, because I recently had the pleasure of eating one of the best Reuben sandwiches in the city right here, made with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and house-made Thousand Island dressing. I wanted to order the sandwich with steak fries or beer-battered onion rings, but I'm on a diet. So I ordered the very rich macaroni and cheese as a side dish instead.

A friend of mine, a former McCormick & Schmick's employee, extolled the virtues of the restaurant to me: "The food is excellent and so is the service. A lot of McCormick & Schmick's employees went to work there." (He's not one of them, I should note.)

The service is very professional and attentive, and the menu items, mostly traditional saloon favorites, are well-executed: smoked meats, grilled steaks (including steak Diane, an old-fashioned favorite rarely seen on modern menus), a couple of pasta choices, burgers and salads.

You can chill out on the patio with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade or a fresh cucumber margarita. All of the juices at Murray's are prepared to order in the juicer behind the bar. "We don't use sweet-and-sour mix or any bottled juices," one of the managers told me. "Everything is made fresh."

The bar at Murray's stays open until 1 a.m. every night, but the kitchen serves food from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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