Colledge town inspired menu offering creative burgers, grilled sandwiches, milkshakes, and breakfast burritos.

Morty’s Cafe-

St. George, UT –Burgers, American,  – $ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Brandon O. - Pro Sifter & PhotographerPublished Nov, 25 2019

Overall 3.5 / 5.0

2.9

Food

4

Service

3

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Logan’s popular gourmet burger joint has been serving USU students for years. Now it’s in St. George, UT in the old Mavericks gas station building, on the boulevard. They offer an extensive menu offering affordable creative burgers, grilled sandwiches, milkshakes, breakfast burritos, and even a couple salads for the ladies.

Value

Expect prices to be comparable to most fast-casual restaurants in Utah. All of the entrees run around eight bucks. Fries are extra. Shakes run approximately four to five dollars.

Most popular dishes

The Iconic Burger, Hawaiian Burger, and Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich.

What I ordered

The Hawaiian Burger, fries, Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich, seasonal Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake, and Chocolate Shake.

Food quality

I like the concept and the variety on the menu. The caliber of each dish varied from item to item.


Hawaiian

I enjoyed the blend of creative flavors. However, many of the components of the burger lacked in quality. The housemade pineapple relish is sweet and more of a fruit puree than a relish. The pickled jalapeno was acidic and added a punch of spice. The Korean BBQ sauce introduced a hint of smokiness and more sugar. The bacon was cooked perfectly and introduced needed salt. Sadly, the bun was old and dry. I enjoyed that it was buttered and toasted. The patty itself was juicy in the middle and dry on sides. It was cooked using a smashed technique. The lettuce was wilted, had dark spots on it, and should be discarded.

The fries
These were some of the best I’ve had in some time. They were thinly cut, battered, and fried. They were perfectly seasoned, warm, and crisp.

Turkey Bacon Ranch
This sandwich alone will bring me back to Morty’s. The turkey is incredibly moist, hand-pulled, and sauteed in butter. The ranch dressing adds a nice touch of creaminess. The tomatoes weren’t very ripe. The multi-seed bread slices were grilled perfectly with a nice crunch, but not too hard. Again, the lettuce was wilted similar to the burger, and the bacon was cooked perfectly.

Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake
The shake used a blend of soft-served ice cream and sugary syrups. Nothing special. Morty’s adds real whipping cream, which is nice, but I prefer all real ingredients. I enjoyed the graham cracker mix-ins but couldn’t taste the cheesecake implied in the name.

Strawberry Salad
Overall there were too many flavors conflicting with each other. This salad was my least favorite dish and one of the worst salads I’ve tasted in some time. The salad dressing uses a blend of fresh strawberries, a lot of sugar, and a touch of vinegar. More sweet than acidic. Some of the berries on the salad were underripe while others are old, smushy, and on the edge of going bad. The feta was both salty and tangy. The spinach is bitter. The walnuts were salty. Despite all of these flavors and textures, the bitterness of the spinach still came through. I can’t understand why they added quinoa to this salad, either. Other than carbs, it doesn’t add any dimension to the dish or much flavor. I also found slices of Granny Smith apples hidden at the bottom of the salad. They added a hint of sourness to the mixture.

Dietary Needs

Morty’s is very allergy conscious. When I asked about what was gluten-friendly, they pulled out a sheet for me showing what had tree nuts, soy, gluten, shellfish ingredients in it. When you go, ask them for the allergy sheet. They also have several vegan menu items.

Ambiance

We went on a Monday night at 7 pm, and it was a ghost town. Morty’s opened fall of 2019 and appears to have little business. Concerning the building, the inside is clean, but there’s nothing too flashy about it. It features both wood planks and an exposed brick facade mixed in with yellow painted walls. Along the walls, you’ll find local artist’s paintings and photographs. The tables are your average school or event tables combined with wooden chairs. In another location, the finishing would look nice, but there is little natural light for most of the day, due to limited north-facing windows. You can also pick out apparent relics from the gas station days.

Service

Our food was delivered quickly, within 5 to 10 minutes of ordering. The staff was friendly. Some tables were left dirty from previous customers, and the staff was slow to clean them.

What I liked most

The combination of toppings on the burger and the execution of the turkey sandwich.

What I disliked most

The use of old, outdated, or low-grade ingredients like the crusty bun, wilted lettuce, unripe tomatoes, or on the edge of moldy berries.

The verdict

I’ve never visited the Logan location, but the St. George location has some work to do, starting with quality control. Unless changes are made, I don’t plan on coming back for anything other than the turkey sandwich and fries.

Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

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