logo-mooyahI finally got around to making a return visit to the Mooyah Burgers that recently opened in our area. I had been there once, but honestly couldn’t remember what I thought. Plus, it was before my first visit to Five Guys. Along with the local Mighty Fine Burgers (owned by the wonderful Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q), these are apparently fairly direct copies of In-N-Out Burger, though I’ve never been to one of those and none of these have drive-thrus.

Anyway, based on the lack of a memorable first visit, I didn’t have high hopes, but the Mooyah is so much closer to work than the Five Guys, I felt that I needed to make a more direct comparison. Like Five Guys, there is a large list of free toppings from which you can choose (with bacon and cheese being the only extras with a price). I was able to order the same toppings I generally get at Five Guys, so it would be a pretty direct comparison.

The result? Well, the bun is good, the topping fresh and tasty and the fries are fine. But the burger just didn’t quite do it for me. I tasted a bit of the patty alone and confirmed that the problem was there. It was bland. It tasted exactly like the ground beef I fry at home for spaghetti sauce, before adding any seasonings.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say that I disliked the burger, just that I wasn’t impressed with it. Also, they offer A1 in their topping list, which could make a huge difference. Five Guys is a long way to drive for lunch, so if I’m eating with others that want a not-quite-fast-food burger, I’d be happy to try Mooyah again with some A1 sauce.

On the other hand, I see from their web site that Five Guys is opening another location that is much closer to my office. Happy, happy, joy, joy! 🙂

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  1. #1 by Ren on May 7, 2009 - 10:54 am

    I should point out that Mooyah and Mighty Fine offer shakes, while Five Guys does not. (What Five Guys does have that’s unique among the three is peanuts in the shell available for free.)


  2. #2 by kapgar on May 11, 2009 - 6:29 am

    We just had a Five Guys open a couple blocks from where I work. Lots of people have raved. I haven’t been yet. I wish they’d open an In ‘n’ Out, though.


    • #3 by Ren on May 11, 2009 - 8:01 am

      kapgar – No promises regarding comparisons to In-N-Out, but I definitely think you should give Five Guys a try. Let me know what you think.


  3. #4 by bubblewench on May 20, 2009 - 7:29 am

    Love 5 Guys, close to work, but not home. We have a Rays Burger & Fries, which is just as good if not better then 5 guys, and we have Sonic. Never even heard of Mooyah.


    • #5 by Ren on May 20, 2009 - 10:22 am

      bubblewench – Mooyah is apparently a fairly new chain, started in the Dallas area. I’ve never had Rays. We also have several local burger places with good reputations — not sure why I don’t try those more often. Probably ’cause they’re just too far away, for the most part. I seldom get a Sonic burger. I used to get they’re Chicken Fried Steak Burger, then they discontinued it. I think it’s back now, for a little while at least. I think I slightly prefer a Whataburger burger to a Sonic burger.


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