Maple & Motor
4810 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
Maple & Motor Website
January 2, 2016
Maple & Motor is what you see. A no frills diner located in the medical arts district of Dallas where you stand in line to order your food and nosh it down elbow to elbow with your fellow patrons. No muss, no fuss.
The main attraction here is the hamburger. Simple and straightforward you can get it plain or with cheese, standard toppings plus add on a few special items for extra cost like bacon or a fried egg. There are a handful of other sandwiches available from brisket to baloney to grilled cheese and similar fare. There are a few sides to accompany your sandwich of choice such as fries, onion rings and tater tots.
My choice for lunch was the Cheeseburger ($7.45) fully loaded with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and of course mustard. I added a couple of slices of bacon ($1.75) well, because it is bacon! My burger was perfectly cooked to pink as ordered. Moist on the inside, crispy seared on the outside with plenty of seasoning. This is a good cheeseburger, just about as good as they come around these parts and is recommended. To that I added the French Fries fully loaded with cheese, bacon bits and jalapenos. They were crispy textured with a nice salty flavor but the toppings didn’t bring a lot to the party. I would get them again but would likely steer towards the onion rings or tater tots next time. I sampled the onion rings and they were good to very good. They are recommended. I also tried a small portion of the brisket sandwich ($8.45). It was tender and fairly moist but the brisket lacked a little bit of seasoning. The sandwich really needs a nice dollop of smoky BBQ sauce instead of the mayo offered.
Service is pretty good. You stand in line to order your food. The line moves acceptably steady. When you’re done ordering your food one of the staff works with you and others to make sure you have a spot to sit while you wait for your food. Kitchen service is pretty quick and has your food out to you quickly. No complaints on the service front.
Maple & Motor sells a nice selection of beer so BYOB is not advised.
Parking is free in the private lot in front. You might have to wait a bit or park on the street if you can’t find a spot right away. Attire is casual. Jeans/shorts and a t-shirt get the job done. Major credit cards accepted.
Conclusion: Good burgers, decent everything else. I’ll go back solely for the burger.