It’s been noted many times that East Texas loves a new restaurant. While that tends to result in long wait-times, the good news is that restaurants are continuing to flock to our area.
The latest to make it to our corner of the Piney Woods is Mooyah, a burger restaurant based out of Dallas-Fort Worth. What’s Mooyah you ask? The corporate reply: MOOYAH is determined to deliver the best Burger & Fry experience EVER and have fun.
Upon first entering Mooyah, you’ll immediately notice there’s a pack of kids drawing on the wall. Yep, from the “Department of Thinking of Everything,” the folks at Mooyah decided you’ll enjoy your meal much more if your kids are occupied with a giant markerboard complete with a wide assortment of markers and erasers for chucking at one another. Really, it’s much more civilized than it sounds…and you don’t have to worry about your kids getting ink on their clothes.
Once you’ve shooed the kids off to draw on the wall, you can focus on the main reason you’re at Mooyah to begin with; tearing into some American beef. Friendly staffers will guide you through the ordering process which involves filling out a card (similar to Which Wich) with a comprehensive list of menu options and a huge assortment of burger fixin’s including the standard lettuce and tomato along with favorites such as grilled onions and mushrooms. Don’t be afraid to load up on the extras — they come at no additional cost! Be aware, however, that more toppings result in a “taller” burger. My mushrooms made my burger a “seven-napkin sandwich.” Messy and delicious!
Be aware, Mooyah takes great pride in their seasoned french fries. They’re so proud, in fact, they’ll really load you up on them. The cup of fries they serve with a kids meal can easily satisfy a couple of young’uns….and if you order the “fries for two,” there will probably be some left over. Mooyah is quick to point this out on the menu so you won’t leave with ten pounds of french fries in a doggie bag, although I’m sure they’d be willing to fix you up if you’re so inclined.
One feature, perhaps overlooked, is their excellent soft drink fountain. You’ll find many of your favorite sodas on tap, but I was especially drawn to the iced teas they had available, including an Iced Tea/Lemonade mix. Not as fancy as a real Arnold Palmer, mind you, but the mix is right on. Good stuff!
Three of us took in Mooyah on a Friday night for about $25, drinks and all. If you’re looking for something a little different but still family-friendly, check out Mooyah….and then the Marble Slab a couple of doors down!