I have to say that my recent visits to various bars/pubs/brewhouses in Tennessee have impressed me lately. Each one that I end up visited has left me more than satisfied with my meal. My most recent visit to the locally owned 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse in The Square of downtown Murfreesboro is no exception.
I’ve heard of 3 Brothers before in passing but never got a chance to visit. It was coincidence that the day I looked them up to find out more about them was the week they had a 15% off coupon on the FAXLine Mint (a local fax-based coupon service). When my friend Marty pointed this out to me on Friday, we decided it would be a good time to pay them a visit for lunch.
Inside 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse, you’ll find an open, clean, simplistic facility with booths, four-top tables, and a long bar top that nearly extends to the opposite end of the building. For entertainment, there are a few flat screen TVs strategically placed around the restaurant as well as a small stage set against the far wall that is used for live bands and game nights.
As for the food and drink, 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse serves an extensive list of 60+ beers (20+ on tap) and a list of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. In addition to those are various desserts (such as cheesecakes) not on the main menu. Since Tennessee just got slammed with a cold front, I was looking for something hot and hearty for lunch. I looked no further than a cup of their “Firehouse Chili” ($3.49) and a whole “Uncle Dave’s French Dip” hoagie ($8.95).
While it took about 15 or so minutes to get our sandwiches, the chili came out fairly fast. The “Firehouse Chili” is a hearty chili made with ground beef, onions, three kinds of beans, topped with shredded cheese, pickled jalapeño slices, sour cream and served with single pack of Lance Captain’s Wafers. What I especially liked about 3 Brothers‘ chili was that it was topped with the cheese, peppers, and sour cream. I am so used to chili at restaurants being served only with crackers; it was nice to have that extra touch of flavors that reminded me of the extras I add when I eat homemade chili. 3 Brothers was already off to a good start.
Of all the sandwiches 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse offers, I was mainly interested in the Reuben, the Philly, and the French Dip. After discussing my dilemma with the waitress, she said that the “Uncle Dave’s French Dip” was the larger of the three and was especially popular because of the aus jus that comes with the sandwich. When it comes to French Dip sandwiches, I believe it’s the aus jus that makes or breaks it. Being burned in the past by not having enough of it, I requested extra aus jus.
“Uncle Dave’s French Dip” is described as thinly sliced roast beef covered in melted Swiss and a bowl of aus jus for dipping with a side of horseradish sour cream. What I didn’t expect were the addition of a side of homemade potato chips sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes. I’ve never really enjoyed homemade potato chips because they taste very different from the store bought kind. However the chips at 3 Brothers were exceptionally good because they were cooked to the consistency of thick potato chips and the Parmesan seasoning adds a more unique flavor than just plain salt.
My request to order extra aus jus was overkill… The normal sized serving was more than enough for my French Dip and 3 Brothers doesn’t skimp out on aus jus like other restaurants. My bowl of aus jus was enough for probably 2 or 3 whole sandwiches. Speaking of which, when it came time to eat my sandwich, I wasted no time and dunked it in my gigantic bowl of aus jus.
“Uncle Dave’s French Dip” was moderately piled with tender, chewy roast beef with hardly any fat on any of the slices. As I mentioned before, it’s the aus jus that adds that delicious flavor to the French dip and the waitress was right… their aus jus was one of the most flavorful I’ve ever had. More than just water, salt, and beef stock; there were actually spices added to it. It was so good, after I ate the entire sandwich, I started dunking the potato chips in it and then went as far as to drinking it out of the bowl. It was seriously that good.
After the meal, Marty ordered a turtle cheesecake for dessert. He was kind enough to let me have forkful for review purposes, but not before letting me take a picture of it (hence the cheesecake photo with a few chunks taken out of it). The cheesecake was very rich with a moderate caramel flavoring atop a chocolate cookie crust and chocolate and caramel drizzle. Had I not bought a bowl of chili for an appetizer, I would have gotten a slice of this cheesecake… which brings me to another point.
3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse isn’t cheap. Almost all of their menu items are at least $7 and up. My ticket sans the 15% discount would have been $15.49 for the whole sandwich, chili, soft drink, and tax. For dinner, this might not be so bad but for lunch it ends up being pricey. In terms of what you get though, the price is really good and the portions are large.
So if you find yourself in Murfreesboro and you’re looking for some beers and good food, look no further. Based on my experiences, I would recommend 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse to anyone.
|3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse
223 West Main Street
Murfreesboro TN 37130
Bill Total: $15.49