Maple and Motor is a burger place I had heard about for a while. I went there while my parents were in town a little while back. The place is definitely hole in the wall, in a cool way. The outside of the place has kind of a cool design and there was a range of cars and clientele, from average Joe to businessmen in ties. That’s a good sign. We went during the middle of lunch on a Friday and the line was to the door, with all tables full. The line was not atrocious and they were good at getting tables cleared out. We had no problems getting a table by the time we ordered.
The burger can be cooked either “pink” (medium rare), or well done. The burgers I saw from a distance looked a bit too pink for me, but I would have gotten that after seeing my father’s burger. I got a bacon cheeseburger, and tater tots. My parents got fries and onion rings so we could try all 3 sides. We did not have to wait too long for our food. The burger was excellent. The bun was falling apart, but very good and the meat was amazing. What a joy to eat! The fries were definitely solid and above average, but not the best I’ve had The onion rings were not bad, but were decidedly average. The tater tots were as perfect as I could imagine and I plan on getting those the next time I go. Give the tots a shot, even if that is not your usual thing.
There is apparently an egg on the burger option, which I did not try. My co-workers rave about that, so I may look into it. They are not the only place to offer something like that, but I am a fan of eggs. This is just something to think about if you’re checking this place out (and you should).
A friend of mine said I should say hi to the owner, Jack. Jack was very friendly and truly interested to know if I had a great experience there. I wish this place was closer, but it’s definitely worth going across town to eat at! I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
~ Sean Martin
Burger Hunt Corespondent