Mooyah was founded by Rich Hicks in Dallas, Texas in 2007--serving "Just Burgers. Just Fries. Just Better." Rich began his career in the restaurant business at age 14 in Pennsylvania as a dishwasher and bar back, but before launching his own restaurant concepts, Rich attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he made the Dean's List for seven semesters and graduated in 1992 with a degree in business management. Following graduation, Rich became a manager with Brinker International at Romano's Macaroni Grill. After his time there, Rich Founded Tin Star in 1999 and then 8 years later was back at it, hitting America's taste buds on a new note with MOOYAH. His simple business concept is obsessed with serving Guests the best burger and French fry—anywhere.Okay, enough corporate mission statement business buzzword bingo here! This place is based out of Dallas, and my usual attitude is the only good things to come out of Dallas are I-20, I-20, I-35 and I-45. However, I've had several folks in the Katy area tell me that this is the place they'd rather go to if their going to try a chain, and I wanted to see if it was truly worthy of all the Mooyah-Hoopla. My daughter was just plain hungry so we made our way down the Grand Parkway to Cinco Ranch Boulevard and found it right across the street from Cinco Ranch High School. When you get in, there is a bit of a familiar feel to this place, as there are elements that remind me of Smashburger, Jerry Built Burgers, Five Guys and Mighty Fine Burger, but it's only elements, not the whole concept. You have a strong cow theme going on (hence the name), you have vivid colors in a semi-industrial interior and great choices for toppings like Jerry Built, you have a form you can fill out like Smashburger will use sometimes when you're waiting in line to speed up the order processing, you have a relatively simple concept with natural cut fries like Five Guys, and you have many more choices for shakes and other modifications like Mighty Fine and Smashburger. Personally, I think it's great you can choose White or Wheat Bun, or wrapped in lettuce; 2 or 1 beef patty, Turkey, Black Bean, all beef hot dog or a grilled cheese, and have cheese choices of American, Swiss, Cheddar, Blue or Pepperjack cheeses; not to mention Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fresh Avocado Slices or Fried Onions straws as toppings.
|Uncle Tex Shakes things up|
|Stringy melted Cheddar Shreds|
Houston has a number of phenomenal, over the top burgers and I love them all. However, sometimes you also have to appreciate the really good burgers in your neighborhood, and if you live in one of our suburbs, Mooyah is a really good chain. While this is not something I would ever purposefully drive out of my way to visit, if I were in a suburb where one was located on business and a friend or colleague said "You want to go to Mooyah?" I'd say "Okay!" Again, the patties are thin, but full of flavour. If you like Thinner patties with some caramelization like at Smashburger, then you'll definitely be happy with Mooyah.
Report Card for Mooyah Burger in Katy:
Mooyah Burger with my chosen toppings: B+
Kids Mooburger: A- (per Helena)
Natural Cut Fries: A-
Sweet Potato Fries: A-
Cookie Dough Shake: A-
Speed: B (a little slow, had to correct an error)
Atmosphere (See above): B+
Dining Area: A
Rest Rooms: B+
Overall Grade: B+
There are 5 Houston area locations of Mooyah Burger. We went to the one at:
23701 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 140
Katy, TX 77494
Open 7 Days a week
11 AM to 10 PM
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!