1082 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470
Town Tavern Burger (no egg)
8 ounce burger patty, American cheese, Taylor Ham, Kaiser roll.
Great burger! The french onion soup, not so much. The burger was excellent, cooked to a perfect medium rare and the Taylor ham had just enough salt and New Jersey ham goodness to accentuate the burger. The burger is every bit of a half pound and it's a loose, coarse-ground patty that cooked up as juicy as could be.
Maggie's is geared toward a younger crowd with a large welcoming bar area, music and TV's abound. It's got all the makings of becoming a very popular watering hole in Wayne.
However, if you're thinking of enjoying a nice quiet dinner, this may not be the place for you. The music in the bar area is loud enough to spill over into the dinning areas so it will be a bit annoying if that's not your cup of tea. There are large wall-mounted flat screen TV's in the dinning area also, which for me, takes away from the whole dinning experience. But the young crowd seems to be what Maggie's is capitalizing on as there were mostly college-aged kids drinking and eating and having a good time.
On to the soup. I was stoked on trying the French onion soup as I've heard so many great reviews of the soup from Maggie's Little Falls, NJ location. But, alas, as the soup was being placed down on the table by our server, there was an overpowering, unmistakable aroma of Maggi sauce. This sodium-laden soy based sauce which is a staple at many steakhouses has no business in French onion soup. Maggi sauce is delicious when used in the right recipes and correct amounts, but when paired with beef bouillon, the sodium content alone is overpowering enough to be inedible. Also, actual onions in the soup were almost non-existent. We both pushed it to the side.
But this isn't a soup blog...
As for the burger, I'd stop by Maggie's anytime for their burger and a beer. It was excellent. When the burger was served, I thought, "oh no, the Kaiser roll is way too big for this burger", but it was so fresh and cottony soft and the burger so full of juices that it compressed down to a manageable delicious sandwich.
Meat flavor 8
Burger-to-bun ratio 10
Bun type 10
Overall taste with selected condiments 8