Let’s call it the battle of blue cheese bacon burgers. M&O Station Grill’s stalwart, slightly stiff bun was slathered with a tomatoey relish sauce of a surprisingly orange hue. Next came rings of raw onion, melted blue cheese, two nicely seasoned patties, a pair of bacon slices cooked till done but still pliable, more blue cheese, shredded lettuce and more of the orangey stuff. The dominant flavor changed with each bite. Sometimes, the blue cheese spoke loudest; other times it was the smokiness of the bacon. The bun, while a bit boring, did its job of holding this creation together.
Grease Monkey’s black and blue burger had great visual appeal. The chubby bun was painted with parsley butter and grilled. Just beneath it, a half-dozen crispy onion rings got things off to a good start. But then things faded from there. Bits of bacon were disappointingly small and sparse and the promised blue cheese seemed to be totally MIA, though perhaps it had melted into the slice of Swiss. The burger patty itself was worthy, a good half-inch thick and cooked so there was still a hint of pink, but the overall message of this sandwich was salt and grease. M&O, the west Fort Worth mom-and-pop shop, motors into Round 2.
Winner: M&O Station Grill