Mooyah adds pick-up window

moo yah drive thruMooyah, the burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., has just added a drive-through pick-up window.

It’s not a typical drive through where customers order on the spot. It’s intended for people who call ahead or place online orders and want to drive up to pick up their food rather than park, go in the restaurant and stand in line.

Anthony Powell, who opened the restaurant in November of 2012, said he was impressed by the volume of business neighbor Cinnamon’s Deli did with its pick up window and decided it was something that would make sense at Mooyah, too.

“I’ve already had a lot of people say, ‘This is great,’ especially moms with kids,” Powell said.

To place a Mooyah order in advance, either call the restaurant at 316-558-5600, visit the Mooyah website or download the Mooyah app.

Balloon artist brings the fun to local restaurant kid nights

I took my daughter to Mooyah a few months ago for a burger, and we came home with a giant motorcycle, complete with wheels, handlebars and a blinking headlight, all made out of balloons.

That was the first time I’d seen the amazing work of Chris Conner, a local balloon artist whose creations are like intricate sculptures that kids, and parents, can’t believe they’re getting for free.

Conner’s talents are now on display weekly at local restaurants around Wichita — all of which make pretty delicious food for kids, too. We went to watch him in action on Monday night at Pacific Coast Pizza, and I made the above video.

This story about him will appear in Friday’s Go! section. Check his schedule and get your kids out for a night of Twisted fun soon.

Mooyah celebrating birthday with deals

Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the opening of business for Mooyah, a burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., and it’s celebrating by offering food deals to customers.

All day on Tuesday, customers who buy one burger can get one free. Also, the first 111 customers in the door will each get a coupon for a free 12 oz. shake with purchase of burger and fries, valid on their next visit.

And those who visit the restaurant can enter a contest in which they write, in one sentence, the reason they are Mooyah’s No. 1 fan. The winner gets a $111 gift card.

For more information, contact Mooyah at 316-558-5600.

The burgers battled… and Fizz won

The Fizz burger fixers, hard at work.

Saturday night’s Battle of the Burgers, a first-time fundraiser put on by KETCH at Old Cowtown, was fun. I know I’ve never eaten so many burgers in one sitting.

I joined a panel of three other judges, and we blind tasted at least 14 different burgers and ranked them, looking for winners in three categories: Traditional, contemporary and gourmet.

Judges. Can’t. Move. Too. Full.

The participants were Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, and they topped their burgers with sauces, pickles, onions, pickled onions, onion strings, bacon and more.

The evening’s big winner was Fizz Burgers & Bottles, which is at 7718 E. 37th St. N. Their burger, which was topped with chopped lettuce and a nice sauce, was not only the judges’ choice for “best traditional” burger, but it also earned the People’s Choice trophy.

A bit of the burger submitted by Public at the Brickard.

The Anchor, which grilled up a very big, beefy burger on an onion bun, won the best gourmet category.

And Mooyah, the new burger restaurant that opened last fall at 352 S. West St,  had the best contemporary burger.

KETCH employees say they hope to make the event an annual happening. It’d be fun to see even more burger cookers there next year.

Old Cowtown overflowing with food, drink

Old Cowtown Museum will be full of food and drink lovers this weekend. The venue at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. has two big food events scheduled.

Local restaurants will be competing for these beautiful burger trophies this weekend.

On Saturday, a new fundraiser called Battle of the Burger will fill the grounds.  The event, a fundraiser for KETCH, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and will have six local restaurants serving samples of their burgers, trying to claim the title of best burger maker.

The participating restaurants all have good burgers, so competition should be fierce: Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill.

In addition to sampling the burgers, attendees also get a beer, dessert, chips and access to  car show, wagon rides and live music by the band Turnback Creek. I’m a judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Tickets are $35, available at the door or by visiting ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

Just look at these folks, moseying with their wine.

Then, on Sunday, the fifth annual Wine Mosey will move in.  It’s scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Airport and a barbecue dinner by Wichita Wagonmasters. It also will feature stagecoach rides, saloon girls, antique bowling and gunfights plus a live auction and music by the Diamond Wranglers. Admission is $40 a person at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-350-3323.

A look at Mooyah, which opens today

A “Mooyah style” burger

Today’s the first official day in business for Mooyah, a new hamburger chain operated by former KSN anchor Anthony Powell  and his wife that’s opening in the former Blockbuster spot at 352 S. West St.

I checked out Mooyah over the weekend, when Powell had the business up and running so that his employees could have a dress rehearsal. My first impressions of the place were good.

I tried a burger made “Mooyah style” with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and “Mooyah sauce,” which was sort of like Thousand Island dressing.  It costs $5.25 and came with two patties and a whole bunch of melty cheese. Highly recommended.

Any parents out there will understand why this is an extra-nice feature at Mooyah.

I also tasted both the sweet potato fries and the regular fries but preferred the former, which tasted like dessert. The regular fries were good, too, but a bit too seasoned for my taste.

Diners walk in and fill out a burger ballot, instructing the kitchen exactly how they want their meal made, which is kind of fun. Also fun — the interior of the restaurant, which is filled with whimsical decor (light fixtures crafted out of old rulers) and a giant chalk board that will keep the kids occupied.

Mooyah’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 316-558-5600.

Two new restaurants for the west side

The west side has one new restaurant as of today and will get another one on Nov. 5.

Wichita’s newest Chipotle is officially opening today at Maple and Ridge. The restaurant took over the spot at 7130 W. Maple that once held Scrapbook Garden.

It’s Wichita’s fifth Chipotle, and it joins the restaurants at Kellogg and Rock, at 29th and Rock, at 21st and Maize and at Central and Hillside. Its hour are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and its phone number is 316-942-0263.

Another anticipated chain will open nearby on Nov. 5. Wichita’s first Mooyah, which will be operated by former KSN anchor Anthony Powell and his wife, is almost finished in the former Blockbuster spot at 352 S. West St.

There’s a Mooyah in Garden City that opened in May, and more are planned for the Wichita area. It specializes in burgers, fries and also has a long list of shakes, including chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter.

I called Powell this morning and interviewed him while he huffed and puffed on a stair master. He’s a health nut and said that Wichitans will be pleasantly surprised by the restaurant’s turkey burger and veggie burger, which he said both are unusually delicious.

The restaurant also will have several flat screen television sets mounted, so customers have the option of eating quickly and leaving or staying for a while to linger over a shake, he said.

Mooyah’s hours will also be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Mooyah’s first Wichita spot: West Street

The new Mooyah will open this fall in the former Blockbuster spot on West Street.

There’s finally news on where Wichita’s first Mooyah will open in Wichita.

Anthony Powell, a former anchor for KSN, and his wife finalized a deal late last week to build a franchise of the chain in the former Blockbuster spot at 352 S. West St.

There’s a Mooyah in Garden City that opened in May. More are planned for the Wichita area.

Mooyah specializes in burgers, fries and shakes. It offers both turkey and veggie burgers as options, and it also has a long list of shakes, including chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter. Yay!

Question of the week

Five Guys. Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill. Fizz Burgers & Bottles. Smashburger. Burger Barn. T.J.’s east.

Hamburger places have been springing all over Wichita the past couple of years, and now we’ve learned that Mooyah, a Texas-based burger chain, plans to open a restaurant here by spring.

In your opinion, which of the newer burger places in Wichita is the best? Answer in the comments section below.