Decemburger: Doc's Motorworks
First came 50 Burgers, 50 Days. Then Novemburger. 2011 wraps up with a burger a day for Decemburger.
Day 26: Doc’s Motorworks
1123 S. Congress Ave. 448-9181, www.eatdrinkdocs.com.
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 12.26.11
In some ways, Doc’s Motorworks kick-started the ironic redneck movement downtown, taking over an old garage space and parking metal lawn chairs on the patio. Irony or not, Doc’s is prime people-watching real-estate for the eclectic South Congress parade. And on Mondays, it’s hard to argue with half-price burgers and $2.50 pints of Bud, if that’s what makes you feel at home in a mint-green armchair under bare-bulb patio lights.
The burger: The good thing about half-price burger night? You don’t have to commit just one. You get to play the field with something called the Tort Burger ($9.99 with chips and queso). It’s a quesadilla with a beef patty at its heart, between two toasted flour tortillas with melted cheese, cut in half. It’s an idea that works until you add other stuff, and then everything flees from the semicircle like a leaky half-moon. Guacamole, pico, chopped jalapeños. It’s a mess, and the extras get lost in the shadow cast by the beefy core.
A blue cheese burger with peppercorn sauce ($9.99 with fries; sub sweet potato fries or onion rings for $1.50 extra) holds together better both physically and conceptually. The black pepper heat announces itself before the mild, salty cheese joins in, and with shredded lettuce and tomato, it’s a classic burger taste turned up to 7. (We’ll reserve 11 for the crazier burgers in this series.) You’ll appreciate the grainy wheat bun, especially after all the sweet rolls passing for hamburger buns these days.
Fries or rings? The Tort Burger comes with a bowl of rich white queso spiked with green chiles, and it beats the sweet potato fries for the novelty spot. The onion rings are the thick, primordial sort, fried to a mahogany shell like rippled stucco.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)