Breaking Down Mooyah, Dallas' Second-Favorite Burger. Allegedly.

Categories: Food News

Mooyah Burger Burger.jpg
Some Fat Guy
I think this is the best burger picture I have ever taken.
Last week the Dallas Morning News tallied the votes and crowned its burger king. Angry Dog, the Deep Ellum grease pit with a loyal following, beat out Mooyah Burger, the Dallas-based burger chain built on double-meat patties and french fries with a cooking process you need an engineering degree to understand. (The menu board claims it's a six-step, 24-hour ordeal.)

It's not easy being number two -- just ask the kid that almost caught a baseball at Rangers Stadium the other night -- so I stopped into the Dallas location to see what it takes to be a reader-voted, second-best burger in Dallas.

Mooyah greets you with cartoon-colored walls and art with all sorts of information about its food. They use fresh, lean, American, never frozen beef, according to one display. Idaho potatoes are hand cut on-site, another proclaims. Other information is more subtly displayed. Ovens line the wall behind the cash register, with house-baked buns for all to lust after. Boxes of potatoes stored by the door let you know you're eating spuds from Cross Valley Farms.

I ordered a regular (two patties), no cheese, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayo, a small order of fries, and a small drink. It ran about nine bucks and change, and came in a white paper sack peppered with more information about the Mooyah burger, which I think is best described as an elevated fast-casual burger experience on par with Smashburger, Elevation Burger and Five Guys. Each of these chains is playing the same price point; they're just doing it with a different set of gimmicks to differentiate their offerings.

Mooyah's bun is nice, and I appreciate that it's baked on Silplat right before my eyes. It's better than Subway bread, which smells terrible, but it still lacks character and structure.

The beef is fine. They get it from Wolverine Packing right here in Dallas, and CEO Alan Hixon told me it's pink-slime free. The patties are really thin; fans of massive, juicy patties won't be happy here. Still, it's well seasoned, and while I won't call it juicy, the meat manages to retain some moisture even though the cooks prepare them well done.

Mooyah's french fries, however, deserve serious praise. While Hixon refused to tell me anything about that six-step process of his (I'm guessing cut, soak, fry, refrigerate, fry and season), whatever he's doing works. They are better than the fries I've had at much nicer, full-service restaurants in Dallas, showing that a tight, narrowly focused menu has its advantages.

Is Mooyah the best burger in Dallas? No. It's better than Whataburger and the other fast food chains, though.

Is Mooyah's burger rightfully placed just behind Angry Dog's? That's harder to say. Pitting a full-service-bar-burger against a walk-up-paper-sack-burger is like comparing Fords and Vespas -- they're just too different. But if you held a gun to my head -- which, let's be honest, would be a really extreme measure, considering the topic -- I'd have to vote Mooyah. The ingredients across the menu taste fresher to me, and the french fries are just that good.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Angry Dog

2726 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

My Voice Nation Help
53 comments
CitizenKane
CitizenKane

The final judgement of "best" should to be based on "take out" packaging. 

I don't know how either 1st or 2nd place do it.  But if it involves styrofoam, tin foil, or any materials that trap the moisture and ruin the french frieds, bun, tomatoe, lettuce, pickles, onions and other items, the place gets an F.

If the joint doesn't know what it is doing for take outs; then they don't understand what they are doing, or don't give a shit.  Either way it spells F-A-I-L-U-R-E.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Pet Peeve Alert.................. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call Me Margaret
Call Me Margaret

All these idiotic comments make me laugh.The only way to accurately determine the best burger is to ask me, since my taste in burgers is superior to and more objective than anyone else's. 

All you other yahoos only have your person opinions and biases.

And I'm not telling which is the best burger in Dallas, because you wouldn't believe me anyway.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Aww c'mon, Margaret. Please tell us. Pretty please? We promise not to laugh at you.

And btw, it's 'personal' opinions. Not, 'person' opinions.

John
John

First of all, Mooyah is a blatant Five Guys ripoff (seriously, how do people not see this??)... Secondly, it's far worse than the places it beat out (Twisted Root, Smashburger, Five Guys).. DMN strikes out again..

Matt Decuir
Matt Decuir

I don't know if it's DMN striking again, as much as folks in the 'burbs who love chains and wouldn't know a good burger if they saw (ate?) it.

But I agree with you. Mooyah is a gussied-up Five Guys ripoff...I realized this last time I was there. And there are better competitors out there.

John
John

Mooyah is a five guys ripoff in every detail. Right down to adding extra fries. Quality at five guys is much better.

kYle
kYle

I Can't address the ripoff statement because I honestly don't know or care which came to DFW first.  I will say, I got what appeared to be a Kraft Single on my cheeseburger at 5 Guys and that's an ender. 

Intellectualdiot
Intellectualdiot

Really? Where's Hunky's? That place slays Mooyah and easily gives Angry Dog a run for its money.

(Note that I'm hedging my bets a bit on the latter comparison, I actually find Angry Dog's burgers to be overrated though not without their charms.)

I do enjoy a good Mooyah Burger every now and then though.

Roxanne
Roxanne

You don't get to count the fries! And it's not Fords to Vespasian. It's burger's to burger's. C'MON!!!

Virgil
Virgil

MooYah is just Five Guys in disguise, have a better-than-fast-food burger and overwhelm the customer with a sh*tload of fries.

Matt Decuir
Matt Decuir

I agree completely. It's just a fancier, quasi-female like, version of Five Guys, with a slightly-different offering.

AllTeam
AllTeam

I have only had MooYah once at their Richardson location. For about $20 two of us ate there and while good, it is overpriced for what it is. If I am spending $20 for us to eat, I'm going to Twisted Root to get a much better burger. Don't get me wrong, I did like the burger and the fries were good but I didn't think it was a good bang for your buck in terms of taste, quality and cost. 

Toddmargules
Toddmargules

Angry Dog burgers are mad delicious!  (see what I did there?)

Jai Warren
Jai Warren

This discussion could go on forever... There probably is a better burger in town than Angry Dog or Mooyah if you're willing to pay $14-$20. People frequent restaurants not only because the food is delicious, they go because the experience is welcoming and reliable. The staff at Angry Dog goes out of their way to make sure your visit is enjoyable and the food is good. Angry Dog is a fantastic place to eat, period! 

Admonkey
Admonkey

Cheebus. Really? $20 for a burger? Those exist? (I know they do; I'm being facetious.)

Just pay the $7.25 at Angry Dog, leave the foie gras for Bijoux, and drop the remaining $12.75 as a tip for your friendly waitress. Better deal, guaranteed.

(But then you already knew that.)

Gigantico
Gigantico

In a true gutless, underhanded, corporate fashion, Mooyah hired a PR firm to cheat the system (and probably planted this lame article too). DMN had to discount the fake votes and thankfully a truly deserving victor came through. Go Angry Dog!

QK
QK

One of a kind beats out the chain every day of the week! Angry Dog was the right decision 100% Better burger, better experience.

Outeredge
Outeredge

Angry Dog all the way! Mooya is a chain, Nuff said.

cp
cp

What? Not even a Maple and Motor nod? I'm shocked, SHOCKED! I guess people walking in there with newspapers will now be banned. 

AllTeam
AllTeam

Maple and Motor is more of a different style than a traditional place people go for a burger. Also, last I heard, you can only get it for brunch on sundays. I might be mixing up my places but a burger should be available all the time.

Kath
Kath

You're thinking of The Grape, where Texas Monthly named them the best burger in Texas, and it's only available on Sunday (brunch and dinner) and Monday evening. That is a $13 hamburger that is worth it, but Angry Dog is definitely my very favorite burger in DFW.

twinwillow
twinwillow

@twitter-17515832:disqus  ~ You're thinking of THE GRAPE! Very good but, only available on Sunday.

Mean Green
Mean Green

I don't know what place you're thinking of but it's definitely not Maple & Motor..

AllTeam
AllTeam

Apparently it was the Grape I was thinking about, my bad.

Daniel
Daniel

Something tells me you're about to start receiving death threats on your family.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 IMO M&M is slipping a bit, the pink hasnt been too pink for me lately

twinwillow
twinwillow

What's a Maple & Motor?

Admonkey
Admonkey

It's the place the Streets Yelp-bomb.

Admonkey
Admonkey

Are you kidding? The jury, such as it was, got it right: Angry Dog by a mile, if not more.

guest
guest

you lost me at mayo. 

thorspanties
thorspanties

Only non-Texans and Sooner fans hate mayo. 

localGal
localGal

 The mayo was Reitz's choice. Mooyah offers a number of "sauce" options.

'Course, could be Scott doesn't get the Texan aversion to mayo on burgers. Maybe it has something to do with the hot summers and the way mayo behaves in the heat.

I grew up with ketchup and/or mustard on burgers. Pickles optional.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 I've been doing a lot of mustard down here. Ketchup... Can't do it.

ralliart2k4
ralliart2k4

I think it's hard to compare a chain joint to the one-of-a-kind Angry Dog.  In the end I think it's pretty impressive that Angry Dog beat out a competitor that is much more accessible.  However, having had the burger at Angry Dog, I'm not at all surprised.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

I love Angry Dog and drive over every couple of weeks for the burger and beer.  It's out of the way for me since I live over by Six Flags but to me, it's worth it.  I have another go to burger place close by; Patty Shack, but I still prefer Angry Dog.  I don't find it greasy at all.  Unfortunately, when I talk about going to Deep Ellum, it still has the "bad" reputation that still carries over from years gone by.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Did you happen to visit Patty Shack during their Groupon promo? I heard it got wheels off. 

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

It's always been a good crowd when I've gone.  They should be re-opening soon and hopefully with their new expansion, it'll be even better. Great food, service and mixed crowd. Hope they add another grill though.  Wish I had gotten in on the Groupon promo. 

twinwillow
twinwillow

IMO, Off-Site Kitchen has the best burger in town. And their fries, rock! Mooyah's burger doesn't even come close. (IMO)

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

 IMO, get a life. (IMO)

twinwillow
twinwillow

I like the one I already have, thank you.And judging from the moronic, mocking, immature 6th grade comments you always make about me, it's obvious you're someone with real psychological problems. I can only imagine your life must be quite pathetic and useless. I feel sorry for the wretched, half human neanderthal you appear to be. Your user name, "Slewfoot" seems quite appropriate for you and pretty much sums up who you are.So, try to grow a dick and grow up!

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 Shhhhssss... on the OSK the place is already packed to the gills

cp
cp

AGREE!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'm kind of shocked about them coming in 2nd, but they're basically everywhere now which means more people have had them. The quality of the product is the same everytime you go, which is a plus. To me the burgers taste the same as the ones at 5 guys do, and the fries are almost equal with a slight nod to mooyah. The price point is high for a non sit down experience. If I'm going somewhere for a burger I'll go to Jake's, Fuddrucker's, or Twisted Root. Of course there are more mooyah's and 5 guys around, so it's easier to stop in to one of those.

jamal
jamal

Mooyah's fries are indeed the shizz.  You didn't mention anything about how a small order is enough damn fries for four people.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 or how the cup is completely pointless?

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

What?! That cups fits nicely in my truck's cupholder, making driving while munching very convenient.

Now Trending

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...