You know I find the use of the term Murphy Style Steak as used in this thread and area to be a little confusing. It seems there are a number of variations on the Murphy theme. It also seems to be a Jersey thing, like Pork Roll or an Italian style hot dog.
I've googled for the origins of the term, but I don't find this in wide use anywhere else in the US or Ireland.
I've seen the Arthur's steak described as "Murphy Style". I think it was on the menu in North Brunswick.
It does seem at both the old Red Bank MSG and Arthur's NB that a 24oz delmonico (rib eye) and fried potatoes were involved.
In Red Bank it came with aforedescribed peppers and onions. At Arthur's there are just a couple of pickled cherry peppers on the plate and the potatoes are sauteed (some times until black) with paprika and onion. They are called "Arthur's famous potatoes" but more often they are Arthur's burnt potatoes.
Online recipes for Steak Murphy, on the other hand, seems to involve lots of garlic and not much else:
Finally, Pete & Eldas has a Steak Murphy on the menu which involves tomato sauce in addition to onions, peppers, and potatoes:
Looking, however, for the closest Murphy's Steak House only turns up places in New Hampshire & Oklahoma:
Finally, as far as I can tell, it seems "Murphy Style" is not related to "Murphy's Law" in any discernible way:
All of the foregoing raises a number of perplexing questions, which I am going to throw open to the HO brain trust:
Who was the original effing Murphy, and where the farouck did they live?
Is it possible "Murphy Style" is a Jersey original? (No jokes please about doggy style).
Anybody seen this on a menu anywhere else in the country?
If there was an original Murphy's Steak House, did they go out of business?
Why is this usually a 24oz Delmonico with fried potatoes? Is the cut part of the "Murphy"?
I get the steak and potatoes (Irish), but how did the peppers get into it?
Also, what kind of peppers, if any, are genuine to a Murphy style steak?