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

Somehow better than a burger.
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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