Rochester, NY

Paninis on Parade at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of Murphy's Law Irish Pub in Rochester, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

A hot sandwich can go by many names, but a well-executed panini will always look like a panini, not smushed bread leaking fluids. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub in Rochester, New York has not only perfected the panini in appearance and taste but has formulated one of the largest panini menus in the upstate New York area hands down.

The paninis dominate the menu at Murphy’s Law for good reason, as each order comes freshly grilled with warm, hearty ingredients, and each comes with the delightfully spiced house chips. There are simply so many to choose from, it may be hard to know where to begin other than where one is. Being Rochester, the garbage plate is represented in panini form as the “plate” panino, featuring a cheeseburger, fried potatoes, meat hot sauce, mustard, ketchup, and macaroni salad for the full plate experience.

The Napoli features prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and olive oil for a classic Italian panini, while the portobello panini is an excellent vegetarian option (though it does come with provolone for any curious vegans). The house special panini though is the Vincenzo, which features a chicken cutlet in spicy soppressata, roasted red peppers, red onions, arugula, provolone, and light mayo.

For those seeking the more traditional Irish fare, the Reuben at Murphy’s Law is phenomenal. On grilled rye with house corned beef, the Swiss and thousand island dressing all melt together into one amazing, savory bite. The chicken sandwich has a similar effect, featuring a lemon garlic chicken breast and lemon aioli with spinach, tomatoes, and Asiago, for a zesty bite of wonder.

Of course, no dinner menu is complete without pasta, and Murphy’s Law does several amazing dishes, all featuring the superbly balanced house red sauce, save for the Italian mac and cheese which is a secret family recipe all its own. The gnocchi is divine, as is the Italian sausage rigatoni and rigatoni soprano, but the beef braciola and rigatoni is a standout with the perfectly thin-sliced beef. No matter the appetite, Murphy’s Law is sure to please.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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