Growl Review: Motorburger

Category: Growl Review

Kim S.

Motorburger

By Kim S.


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Value
Gourmet burgers mean gourmet prices, but the splurge is worth it. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
Atmosphere
Quirky and modern, I dig the irreverent vibe in Motorburger, particularly the airborne cows wall art. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Service
Fast and friendly, our server gets an A+. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Food
I’ve never been able to do what the Motorburger fellows do with some chickpeas, seeds, and spices. My hat is off to them. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Cleanliness
Eating area, dishes, etc. were all spotless. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
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Review
Broads and Burgers.

Once upon a time, there existed a sort of Italian restaurant called NOI. The food was divine, the overall vibe of the place sleek and sexy. It was the type of place you might find in a more bustling metropolis, and I must admit I felt a bit spoiled the few times I was fortunate enough to dine there. (I still have dreams about the sweet potato ravioli, no word of a lie.)

NOI was upscale. NOI was expensive. The economic downturn of 2008/2009 induced owners Jay Souilliere and Gino Gesuale to take the restaurant in a slightly different, perhaps more mainstream (but still delicious!) direction. What could possibly be more mainstream than a burger? Thus, Motorburger was born, and the rest is history.

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Motorburger is located on Erie Street, Windsor’s “Little Italy” corridor. The place announces itself with a neon light bordered sign, somehow both modern and retro. A well-stocked bar to your left as you enter, some cozy booth seating, and “undone” industrial lighting all lend to the casual atmosphere. I love the cheeky wall art featuring a car and some airborne cows. Motor. Burger. Get it?

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Review
Windsor Girls Growl™ visited Motorburger on February 20, 2013. Our group was seated at a long table at the back of the restaurant where we had a full view of the kitchen and its inner workings. Our waiter was attentive and friendly, rushing about and answering all of our wine- and non-wine-related questions as they came up.

The menu offers a wide variety of constructed-from-scratch burgers, hand-cut fries (regular and sweet potato), and “green movement” salads, and everything has a cute car-themed name. I’m such a sucker for a good theme.

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I ordered the “Smart Veg-Engine” burger and a side salad consisting of baby spinach, dried cranberries, cashews, and goat cheese. The Smart Veg-Engine, which is topped with all the usual burger fixins and a “curry motor sauce” and served on a small cutting board with a scoop of coleslaw, was filling and flavourful, the salad fresh and vibrant. It’s all pretty as a picture, really!

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Truth is, I’m a bit biased when it comes to Motorburger. I tend toward more herbivorous choices, and they serve the best veggie burger I’ve ever tasted in all my veggie-burger tasting years. Countless home cooking attempts to duplicate what the cooks at Motorburger do with chickpeas, seeds, and curry sauce have not come close. Nor have I ever been able to make the magic in a martini glass that is the lovely cosmopolitan the MB bartender shakes up.

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Also on the topic of the bar, the blueberry beer has too much of an aftertaste to win this non-beer-drinker over, but the craft ales brewed on-site are a neat, unique feature and worth giving a try, particularly if you happen to be a beer connoisseur.

Prices at this gourmet burger joint are on the higher side, and a cocktail will set you back seven to eight dollars, but, as a once-in-a-while splurge sort of place, Motorburger earns high marks with this Growl gal.

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Kim S.‘s Overall Rating
Delicious burgers*, a cool, relaxed vibe, great music.
(*N.B. – For the more carnivorous among us, my husband swears by the Deux Chevaux burger!)
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Comments from fellow Growlers
Lynne R. said: “I decided to have the Motorburger Classic since I assumed it should have been their signature burger. It was ok. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t outstanding either. They do a sort of grilled bun that was kind of greasy for my liking. The fries were hand cut and not bad. A little overcooked and more money than I thought they were worth. I would go back and try the El Camino burger as that was the one that appealed to me the most when I read the menu. I have had better burgers in town, for sure. Shotz Burgers at Jonny Shotz are generally one of my fav’s.”

Lisa M. said: “I ordered the caprese salad as a side and found it rather salty, but the arugula, tomatoes and zucchini were very fresh. The veggie burger was amazing! I’m not a huge burger fan, but I’d definitely go back again. My one pet peeve of the evening was that the water glasses were miniscule. I drink a LOT of water with my meal, and would have preferred a supersized glass to go along with the huge burger. Can’t fault portion sizes in the food though! There was definitely value for your buck.”

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Laurel R. said: “I thought that the spicy cheese sauce on our nacho appetizer was unexpected and SO delicious. For dinner I ordered the Lamb-orghini (ground fresh lamb, sundried tomato tapenade, goat cheese, mixed lettuce) and found it to be fresh, incredibly flavourful, and HUGE! It came with a side of coleslaw (tasty), and I added an order of the house cut french fries on the side (crisp and yummy) along with the avocado chipotle dipping sauce (not really noteworthy, in my opinion – next time I’d try the roasted garlic maple). My deep fried cheesecake with ice cream and berries was a lovely finale to a great evening. It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but the fun atmosphere and quality food would definitely bring me back to Motorburger for a future visit.”

Sylvia V. said: “The El Camino Mexican pork burger rocked my world. So did the décor. I loved the neon sign! My New Yorker (Manhattan) was watered down with ice, but the lemon mousse was a heavenly way to end the meal. Pricey, yes. But I think my husband will stomach the good value just as soon as I can get him there.”

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Have YOU visited Motorburger?
Tell us about your experience!

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  • Lorraine Maillé Simon via Facebook February 21, 2013, 10:07 pm

    OMG, does THAT look scrumptious!!!! I want to be a Growl Girl too! 🙁

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  • Sylvia Vander Schee via Facebook February 21, 2013, 11:43 pm

    I wish you could, too, Lorraine!
    Maybe sometime you can come as a guest!

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  • micky g February 22, 2013, 7:26 am

    I liked the various options offered-burgers from beef, pork, lamb, chicken as well as a gluten-free bun option. The fries are stated to be trans fat free & a sweet potato fry is available as well. The decor is trendy and our server was very personable. I ordered one of their spiked shakes, and it was wonderful.

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