Up until the recent past, McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King have painted the landscape for fast food burgers in the GVRD. In the last decade, we have seen a proliferation of fast food burger joints from the States including Fatburger, Five Guys and more recently Carl's Jr. Personally, I would give my left nut (a la Phil Kessel) for In-N-Out to make an appearance, but due to their strict "no more than a day's drive" to their regional distribution centers, the chances of that happening are as good as an everlasting Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's marriage. However, we now have a location of Mooyah, straight from Texas all-the-way to North Van.
Seeing how my son loves burgers, we decided to hit up the place to check out if it could satiate my In-N-Out cravings for the time being (I'll be in California in July!!!). Viv went for the Mooyah Classic in a combo that included an order of small fries and a drink. She opted for the whole wheat bun (all their buns are freshly-baked in-store) with cheddar and bacon (including a multitude of topping options). The fresh-cut fries were not as crispy as we would've liked, but they weren't bad though. As for myself, I had the Mooyah Double with jack cheese, crispy onions, mushrooms and a host of other toppings. I found the lean burger patty to be on the drier side which also meant it was not greasy either. It did taste very "beefy". The crispy onions added a nice crunch. I found the white bun to be a touch dense, but it did hold up to the ingredients. My side of yam fries were super crispy, yet I wished for some dip to go with it.
For my son, he had the kid's meal with a Cheeseburger, small fries, drink and cookie. The burger was fairly substantial while the order of fries was equal to the small in Viv's combo. He seemed to enjoy his meal as he dusted it off. Compared to all of the other available burger joints in town, Mooyah mostly blends in while still holding its own. Although not particularly juicy, the lean meat did feel healthier (even if it wasn't). The staff did seem quite green, but the manager (or owner) was trying his best to accommodate his customers.
- Lots of options (many toppings included)
- Fresh ingredients
- Meat tastes good
- Kinda pricey (but similar to Five Guys and Fatburger)
- Meat is lean, so not particularly moist