100 Favorite Dishes, No. 28: The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Maple and Motor

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Somehow better than a burger.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

I remember the exact moment I came to the realization that that the bologna sandwich served at Maple and Motor was better than the burgers that everyone raves about. It was two summers ago. I ordered it as a change-up. My conversion happened in a single bite.

I realize my assertion may upset many fans of Jack Perkins' famous burgers, but I stand by it, firmly. This sandwich is that good.

Bologna was a burden in my youth, tantamount to slivers from a giant, cold hot dog, but some magic occurs when you slap a slice on the grill. The cooks even nip the disk at four corners so it lays flat as it cooks, giving the meat maximum contact.

Bologna sears up nicely, yielding a crust that adds flavor as much as texture. Juxtapose that with cool shredded lettuce and a thinly sliced tomato and some real magic starts to happen. A little mayonnaise glues it all together, and the resultant sandwich eats like a meal. Take a look around the dining room filled with burger lovers as you wipe your chin. They have no clue what they are missing.

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Location Info

Maple & Motor

4810 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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9 comments
andrewb
andrewb

Want to order this but curious if its really called a fried sandwich since it appears that its grilled based on the detail above. Would have expected the frying aspect to be addressed somewhere...

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Drove by and got Ma's meat at Strokers.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I'd rather eat a liverwurst sandwich on rye with strong mustard and equally strong sliced onion and pickles. Aah, so good.

p_mallett
p_mallett

People would probably give it more of a chance if they didn't just call it bologna.  This isn't those thin slices of Oscar Mayer on white bread you had as a kid.  This is a slab of meat fried up with a nice crust on the griddle. Still not my favorite thing there, and I kind of think it's absurd to be on this list at all, never mind this high.  But it's good. 

J_A_
J_A_

I use to love bologna as a kid, especially the casing that would always peel off in one long string

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

For a time there was a place in Carrollton called "Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich" that made a fried bologna sandwich named "The Redneck"  that was good enough to bring back memories of just getting by.   One point, must use thick sliced bologna or even better and cheaper buy the bologna log and slice it yourself.

username.neil
username.neil

@Twinwillow You may have already but try Maple & Motors Brisket sandwich it's 100x better than the bologna sandwich, it truly blows it out of the water.

username.neil
username.neil

@p_mallett I had it.. it's good but not great enough to make it on a list. Their brisket sandwich is WAY better.

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