August 23, 2010
When I landed in Dallas earlier today for my 36 hour business trip (only in Corporate America can you rationalize flight, hotel and car rental costs for a 36 hour trip!), I was STARVING. I left for LAX at 7AM PST and didn’t get checked into my hotel until 4PM CST (i.e. 2PM PST). That’s SEVEN HOURS of no food. STARVING.
Problem is, 4PM is a crappy time to be hungry. 4PM is that ridiculously inconvenient time between lunch and dinner. All the nicer places are either: 1) already closed for lunch or 2) aren’t open yet for dinner. Plus, I’m wearing shorts, a tank top and rainbows – If I go to a nicer restaurant, I have to take a shower, get changed, look nice…Screw that, I’m just going to get a burger.
I think it’s pretty easy to figure out what Maples & Motors Burgers & Beer serves; I mean, the words “burger” and “beer” are included in the name. However, I didn’t realize the legitimacy of the name until I walked in:
Me: So what’s your most popular burger here?
Guy behind counter: Well, most people get it with mustard, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and onions…
Me: *thinking to herself* ….Wait, what is he talking about?? *looks at menu* Holy crap.
I didn’t realize it until then but when the sign says burgers, it means BURGERS. None of that frou-frou, fancy stuff, we’re talking classic burgers with the normal fixings. I ordered a burger with cheese and a fried egg (not realizing that they also had grilled jalepenos, grilled onions, bacon and chili as topping options – if only I had known!), a side of tater tots, and a fountain soda. (Btw, they have IBC root beer from the fountain – IBC ROOTBEER. None of that inferior Barq’s stuff. Is this what it’s like to live in Texas? I sort of like it.)
(This is what a classic burger should taste like.)
My burger gets to the table. I cut it in half and…the patty’s still pink in the middle. (Glorious! I LOVE my burgers medium rare!) Not only was the beef slightly pink, but the egg was runny too. Now, I realize we’re in the middle of a gigantic egg recall/salmonella scare right now but I love runny eggs. They’re one of my favorite things in life. (Yes, in ALL OF LIFE.) So when I saw that yolk, I was very very happy. (If I get sick, whatever – it was totally worth it.)
And I didn’t forget the the tater tots! They were awesome too! Crispy on the outside, steaming hot on the inside…I couldn’t eat them all but I couldn’t bear throwing them away so I wrapped them up and am now eating them cold in my hotel room.
So end of story: Maple & Motors is GOOD. I think I may have ruined my appetite for dinner but I don’t really care anymore – this is solid food, right here.
Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer
4810 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219