Good food (rain or shine) at Murph’s BBQ

If you love the pulled pork sandwich from the Puyallup Fair or just want a free regular drip coffee as you walk around Ruston Way, stop in to Murph’s BBQ right at the end of the parking lot on the walkway. It is the small building with the walkup windows. During our visit it was raining, but there was a steady stream of people ordering something to eat or drink as they walked.

One of several Murph’s locations, the Ruston Way shop opened on May 15, serving their popular barbeque-style food. The menu includes all kinds of burgers starting at $6, hot dogs starting at $4 and soft drinks starting at $. They have ice cream in waffle cones for $5, as well as sundaes at the same price, and fish and chips at $8.50. We ordered the fish and chips.

Our orders came with very good tartar sauce, coleslaw with a delightful dressing that seemed like seafood salad, and a mound of crinkle cut fries. The two pieces of cod were the size of checkbooks and fried to a golden brown. They were crunchy on the outside and not greasy. There was ketchup and salt available, although the fries had plenty of salt. It was a very enjoyable lunch, and Kay, our server, told us that if the weather is good, Murph’s will have their great big barbecue fired up out in the parking lot. We sat in the car and ate because of the rain, but there are plenty of benches around for good-weather seating.

About the free coffee: After we had paid and eaten our food, we needed more information, and during the talk with Kay admitted that the restaurant was being reviewed for Senior Scene. Kay immediately said anyone who mentioned this review would get a free, fresh drip coffee. That is a first for Senior Eats.

A nice place for a nice day or even a rainy one. There are park restrooms in the same building, and plenty of parking. Overall, a good experience.


Murph’s BBQ

3427 Ruston Way, Tacoma

253-572 7374

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to dusk (“or until the people leave”) Saturday and Sunday.