For the first burger & fries assessment, we went to a place that has been lauded by everyone I’ve spoke to about this project.
Maple & Motor is a great spot near the South Western medical district in Dallas. When I walked up to the counter, and asked “what’s the best burger on the menu?” I was promptly informed, it was their cheese burger with bacon. So that’s what I ordered, with a side of fries, and because I’d heard they were so good, some onion rings as well!
Here’s the verdict:
Maple & Motor Fries – 5 stars
These are seriously great, nay, perfect fries. They were crispy, seasoned simply with salt and pepper, while still retaining the taste of potato. Amazingly good.
Maple & Motor Cheese Burger – 3.5 stars
This was definitely a solid burger. Great amount of toppings, melted cheddar cheese, plus an added feature of chopped pickles – I’ve never had chopped pickles on a burger; they were a great addition. However I took points off for two things: first, the bun practically disintegrated. Structural integrity is essential in a good burger. In order to eat the whole thing, you have to be able to do so with out the slipperiest of fingers. Also, the mustard overpowered the meat. If you ate the patty solo – it was absolutely great! Excellently selected and prepared cow meat. But with an abundance of mustard… it got lost.
Maple & Motor Onion Rings – 7 stars (out of 5)
I’m not exaggerating when I say that these were the best onion rings I’ve ever had. Ever! They were like the most delicious french onion soup made solid and then deep fried. I want to back just for the onion rings.