July 26, 2009

"Just burgers. Just fries. Just better."

So goes the slogan of Mooyah, an up-and-coming burger joint franchise found in DFW/Houston/Austin. They probably don't say it, but the franchise is heavily influenced by In-N-Out Burger: The menu is simple, prices are good for what you get, fries are made fresh from potatoes in the store every day. You can even order your burger "Mooyah style" (echoing INO's "Animal style") or you can get the "Iceberger" (similar to INO's "Protein style"). Mooyah does offer a few more options with the black-bean or turkey burger. The store I went to also has no drive-thru, which I'm thinking is rare at INO. They use flat patties that fit the bun perfectly; on the Mooyah burger you get two of them. All toppings are free except for bacon and cheese.
I got a Mooyah burger Mooyah style with ketchup mustard and mayo, regular fries and Coke (because burger joints should serve Coke, Fuddruckers!) for just under $10. The food was out quickly and tasted good. The restaurant was packed! I would've tried a shake but I was stuffed and noticed they were made with soft-serve, so I wasn't in a hurry. The only real issue I have is I hate saying "Mooyah" so that makes the ordering a bit awkward.
I've only had the pleasure of eating at INO once, and while it's not quite the same, they at least seem to be going the right direction. I think Eric Schlosser would be pleased.

July 22, 2009

Quick reviews

So last week, Wednesday through Sunday nights I went and saw movies. I don't recommend this, or any of the movies I went and saw. Got it? But here's a few notes.

Wednesday: The Proposal (con mi esposa): I'm not into dudes, but Ryan Reynolds is hot.

Thursday: I Love You, Beth Cooper (with my mBear): This strongly reminded me of a cross between Can't Hardly Wait and Dude Where's My Car. Enjoyable. Not sure how well it would hold up to subsequent viewings though? Let's find out, mBear!

Friday: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (at Nasher Sculpture Center): It was a warm night to watch a movie outdoors. Again, not into dudes, but that John Corbett! 3U! While on the subject of John Corbett, some of the best scenes ever filmed of that guy are in the movie Serendipity, where he plays Kate Beckinsale's new-age-musician-boyfriend. Funny every time!

Saturday: Star Trek (with @ReallyIsaac): I had already seen this a few times. I have mixed feelings about it. In general, awesome. In particular, I wish it hadn't received so much "prequel" billing, because that's not really what it is. Before I saw it the first time, I read an interview with JJ Abrams about the fact that he used a lot of lens flare, and I noticed it, but for some reason this time I noticed HOW MUCH he used it. It's all over the place.

Sunday: (500) Days of Summer (with Isaac and @cookiecupcakes): I enjoyed it. Much more, in fact, than either of the people I saw it with. Again, it would be interesting to see how this one holds up to subsequent viewings. I don't know how to word this, but I like the way they handled the timeline. If you see it you'll know what I'm talking about. And I've said it before, but I love the movie poster. Speaking of which, another movie poster I love is The Time Traveler's Wife. How cute is Rachel McAdams?

So, yeah. This week I'm going to make better use of my time (referring of course to the movies, not the people I watched them with).