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Moxies Bar and Grill

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The Burger:

Classic Beef Burger

Overall Rating:

58/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Sep 13, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

"Hand Formed in house with our chef's own seasoning" Is a good start, if executed well. Unfortunately for me, the patty did not live up to the hype. When it came out to the table, served open face, the patty had an overcooked look to it with no glisten of burger juices twinkling under the ambient light. Instead there were seared grill marks which, while they were aesthetically pleasing, told a tale of too much patty compression and a tragic loss of patty juiciness. Add in an off texture and it wasn't the most enjoyable patty. The bun was a whole-wheat Kaiser, of which I am normally a fan of the texture and added flavor. However this one bordered on crumbly, and when you're dealing with a dry patty this is the last thing you want. Let's just say that, overall, the burger basics left much to be desired.

The Extras

Normally I don't consider burger seasoning as an extra per say because it’s supposed to be a seasoning, only there to enhance the flavor of the patty. In this case though, all I tasted for the entire burger was quite salty patty seasoning. The burg was also supposed to come with some grainy Dijon, which probably would have been good if I could taste it. Thank god for tomato, as it provided the only chewing lubrication on the burg, as the overly salty seasoning dried me out. As for the bacon and cheese? More on that below.

The Experience

So, I try to make a point to order a bacon and cheese burger if I can so that I have an even comparison. Their loaded burger had too much, so I just ordered their regular burg with bacon and cheese. Simple enough, right? Nope. No bacon, no cheese. Tisk tisk. Perhaps the toppings would have been better had I gotten those things, but we were in a bit of a rush so there was no time to wait for a correction.

My Take

Well, this was the definition of an impromptu burg, showing up 50 minutes before a show and grabbing a bite from the closest thing. While Moxie's is all over the place, they hadn't really even been on my radar prior to this visit, mostly due to the fact that I wouldn't know them for their burgs. I'm sure there are some great things on their menu, as most of the other things on the table looked good. However, their burger? Not so much. I also understand that it is a large chain, so your local Moxie's may make an unreal burg and you may think I'm a raving idiot, but I can't change the burger I ate.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

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  • 12/20
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (4 votes - 1.75)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie

Buns

  • Kaiser

Sauces

  • Mayo
  • Grainy Dijon
  • BBQ Sauce

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Feta
  • Peppered Havarti
  • Goat Cheese

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Pancetta
  • Pesto

Sides

  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad
  • Soup

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer