Mike and I originally planned on going to Demos’ Restaurant in Murfreesboro for lunch on Monday but a couple of the guys couldn’t make it. So we postponed it to Tuesday in hopes that more people could go. In the end we got Marty & Jason to come with us. Nothing like workplace camaraderie!
Demos’ Restaurant is the name of locally-owned restaurants by the Demos family. With the original opening in Murfreesboro in 1989, the success and popularity spawned several others in the following locations: Nashville (1992), Lebanon (2001), Hendersonville (2005) and Florence, Alabama (2009). Demos’ Restaurant (also known as Demos’ Steak & Spaghetti House) takes pride in being a family tradition for four generations. With extra attention to customer experience, Demos’ Restaurant serves up authentic family recipes at competitive prices.
Demos’ Restaurant has been a local favorite, especially in Rutherford County. The Daily News Journal, Rutherford County’s newspaper, hosts an annual reader’s choice competition and Demos’ has won in the categories of “Favorite Non-Franchise Restaurant”, “Favorite Place to Eat Steak”, “Best Meal For Your Money”, and “Best Place For A Business Lunch” for consecutive years.
Demos’ Restaurant isn’t a fancy restaurant by any means. It is actually quite tame in appearance but the personality comes from the menu. Known for their wide array of spaghetti sauces and steaks, you’ll also find a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, chicken, and much more. What makes Demos’ more attractive is their $5.95 daily lunch and $4.25 weekly lunch specials that constantly rotate. If nothing on that rotating menu seems appealing, you can always opt for their everyday lunch menu including choices like Hamburger Steak and Grilled Chicken Tenderloins.
For lunch I ordered the Oven-Baked Chicken ($6.99), a skinless half-chicken seasoned with herbs and spices with a side cup of Chicken and Rice soup. The same chicken is available for dinner at $8.99. So with a $2 discount, you can’t go wrong with a half-a-chicken weighing 1.5 lbs for lunch. In addition, I ordered a side of Spaghetti ($1.95) in a brown butter sauce with sautéed mushrooms.
The soup came out first in a tiny bowl. Demos’ Chicken and Rice soup is very simple; consisting of only bits of chicken, white rice, and spices. However it’s the simplicity that makes it extremely good… almost like homemade soup. Given the cold weather that is fast approaching, the soup was a great start to the meal.
Just like with the soup, I was equally impressed with both my chicken and spaghetti. The spaghetti was coated with a minced garlic butter sauce and covered in several sautéed mushrooms. For those that love the simplistic dish of buttered noodles, you can’t go wrong with Demos’ brown butter sauce. The sautéed mushrooms were extremely flavorful and added just the right touch of seasoned flavor and texture to the spaghetti.
As for the chicken, every inch of it was covered in a medley of herbs very similar to lemon pepper seasoning but with a broader spectrum of flavors. With the chicken being baked and skinless, you would expect it to be extremely dry but surprisingly, every inch of the chicken was very juicy. Given the huge portion for one person, you can’t beat it.
The food offered at Demos’ Restaurant truly is a great value for the money. The food here is very simple and there is no “guessing” when reading the items on their menu. If you’re expecting a very fancy experience, you will be disappointed because you won’t find it here. For example, the pastas aren’t made or inspired by an authentic Italian chef. Rather, they are more akin to homestyle recipes that your grandmother used to make. The same ideal applies to all their menu items and with that said, makes for very tasty and filling food.
1115 NW Broad St
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Bill Total: $12