Delis are fairly tough to come by in the Boston area, with top-tier Kosher Jewish delis being particularly hard to find. But there are indeed some very good delis around the region if you look hard enough. Included among these are a few that aren't traditional spots by any means, yet are local favorites with high-quality meats, varied menus, and cheap prices. One such place is a spot in Braintree called Murray's New York Style Deli that is beloved by many in this southern suburb of Boston, but mostly unknown outside of the community.
If you are driving north on Washington Street from South Braintree and don't know it is there, chances are you will never even know that Murray's Deli exists, as it sits sideways in a big parking lot behind Elm Street. Heading south, it is much easier to spot Murray's, which looks a bit like your basic sub shop from the outside. Inside, however, the place is generally more comfortable than a typical sub shop or pizza joint, with a good amount of seating (mostly tables, along with a few counter seats) and lighting that isn't overly harsh. The deli is counter service only, and many, if not most folks who come here do so for takeout.
As mentioned earlier, Murray's isn't exactly a traditional Kosher delicatessen (the fact that it is open on Saturdays and closed on Sundays should be a giveaway). But its menu does include a number of deli classics, with such items as an extra-lean corned beef sandwich, liverwurst, and egg salad. Murray's Deli also has specialty sandwiches, including a completely decadent one called the Randolph that has so much corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing that it is tough to eat without a knife and fork. Other specialty sandwiches include the Braintree (turkey, roast beef, roasted peppers, and more), the Weymouth (grilled chicken, bacon, and Swiss cheese), and the Katarina Combo (steak, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, cheese, and sauce). Wraps are similarly big, with one standout being the delicious Mediterranean (grilled chicken or steak tips along with what amounts to a Greek salad mixed in--feta, Greek dressing, cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes). Speaking of salads, the steak tip salad is wonderful mainly because of the excellent marinade used for the grilled tips. Dinners include some real comfort food dishes, with one standout being the turkey plate which comes with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Other options at Murray's include soups that change daily, bar-style pizza, calzones, and pasta dishes.
Murray's has a lot going for it; the food is terrific, parking is usually a breeze, and the prices are more than reasonable (much of the menu items are under $10). The deli also happens to be only a couple of minutes from one of the Boston area's busiest intersections (the Braintree Split, where Routes 93, 1, 128, and 3 meet), so a lot of folks have easy access to this place on a daily basis. Murray's can't really be compared with such authentic Jewish delis as Michael's, Rubin's, or Zaftigs in Brookline, Maxie's in Stoughton, or Barry's in Waban, but don't let that stop you from checking out this real find on the South Shore.
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