Sandwiched between Tomo’s and Kingston Pike is a new burger place called Mooyah. In the interest of full disclosure, I worked for a company called Steak ‘n Shake for almost 10 years of my life and they specialize in burgers, so to say I know a little bit about burgers might be understatement. After all, I ate a burger every day of my life for 10 years…
Until now, I thought Steak ‘n Shake had it going on, but was I wrong! Mooyah is a burger, fries and shake eatery and it’s every bit of that and more. The burgers are thick and juicy and you have all the options in the world for making your own burger to your liking. Avocado, numerous varieties of cheeses, barbecue sauce, jalapenos and the list goes on. For those not in the mood for a burger, there are chicken and hot dogs, a black bean burger for those who like that sort of thing.
The burgers are grilled on a flat top grill, the kind one sees at Japanese restaurants where one goes to watch the masterful chefs prepare the entire meal before one’s eyes. The bun is buttered while still resting upon the grill. YUM! The fries are to die for, much like those at 5 Guys, cut thick. A medium order of fries should satisfy TWO fry-hungry people. You can add hot sauce to your serving of ketchup, if you happen to like a little kick with your fries.
It’s kid-friendly, the prices are good and the staff is nice. The atmosphere is fun without being too loud and perfect for a lunch or dinner date.
I did happen to meet the owner, Nick DeVore, who was outside when I chatted him up. Naturally, I had to know, why Mooyah? Nick said his blood is clotted with burgers, as that happened to be the family business in North Knoxville. Litton’s immediately came to mind and Nick gave me a big smile. I almost swooned when I discovered Mooyah does catering and not typical catering, as they bring a grill and everything. When you go, try a shake for me because after eating the fries, I just couldn’t spare the calories.