Five Guys has company.
The new guy in town is Mooyah, a burger chain similar in approach to the famously fawned-over Five Guys. Former KSN news anchor Anthony Powell opened Wichita’s first Mooyah in early November in the former Blockbuster space at 352 S. West St. He hopes to open more over the next several years.
The restaurant’s juicy burgers, homemade buns, fresh-cut fries and whimsical decor have gained it a quick following, and the place has been bustling over the holidays.
Shakes come in flavors such as vanilla, banana, cookie dough and mint chocolate chip.
But one of the most important choices Mooyah customers have to make is what meat to put between their buns. A Mooyah burger is $5.25 and has two thick patties, but for a reasonable appetite, a single-patty “Little Mooyah” for $3.75 is more than enough, especially when loaded with toppings.
Mooyah also has good options for vegetarians and waistline watchers. Their turkey burger ($5.25) is thick and meaty and among the best we’ve tasted. And the veggie burger is pretty good, too. It’s black-bean based, cumin-y and a little spicy. Next time, we’d order it topped with Southwest flavors such as avocado, jalapenos and Cholua sauce instead of the Swiss and sautéed mushrooms we chose.
Definitely order the regular fries ($2.95 for a regular serving) over the sweet potato ones ($3.95 for a regular serving.) The former are crispy and perfectly salty, served in a paper cup. The latter have a nice flavor, but Mooyah can’t get their sweet potatoes crispy enough, and on one visit, our cup of sweet potatoes fries were so soggy, they were hard to pick up. (A replacement cup was happily provided, but the results weren’t much better.)
The shakes are rich and wonderful. We got one filled with chocolate chip cookie dough – and I can’t believe I’m about to type this because there are few things I love more than chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough – but ours was so overly populated with dough chunks, it was a tad alarming. When the ice cream finally melted, we found two or three more full spoonfuls of dough chunks at the bottom. A big shake is $3.75, and a small one is $2.75.