We visited the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Thanksgiving holiday and had a great time reuniting and celebrating with family and friends. And, of course, like any time we get together with our loved ones, this trip involved lots of good food. Honestly, the best food we ate were all the home-cooked goodies we enjoyed at home with family, but we did have a few meals out worth noting, so here are some brief reviews.
Our first day in town, we stopped for a late lunch at Gloria’s in the Village at Allen. Gloria’s is a Texas-based chain, so it’s probably familiar to most folks in the area, but it was new to us. Their menu included all the Tex-Mex standards, but also branched out a little including some Salvadoran specialties and some nice, fresh salads.
We started with some of the $4 happy hour margaritas, which were great especially at such a low price, and an order of chips and dips. The chips were served with a fresh salsa and black bean dip, plus we ordered some queso dip, as well. Everything was good, and ‘Lil Buddy even sampled the black beans and found them to his liking.
For entrees, I had a salmon chimichurri salad. It wasn’t a typical Mexican restaurant offering, but it was just the kind of light refreshing dish I was looking for that day, and I enjoyed it. The salad included a generous portion of grilled salmon atop fresh greens tossed with chimmichurri sauce, olive oil and feta cheese. My husband had the pescade acajutla and was also pleased.
Moo-Yah is a premium burger chain, similar in concept to Five Guys. It’s expanding fast, so although we don’t have any in Florida, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one popping up sometime soon.
My husband and I were divided on whether we like them better than Five Guys, but I think it’s safe to say they occupy a similar niche. Their standard burger is immense, with two patties and generous toppings. Next time, I’ll probably order a “junior.” The burger itself was good and not too greasy, although not as great as my local favorite burger stop, Pine 22. I ordered mine “Moo-Yah style,” which included lettuce, tomato, grilled onion and special sauce, then added my favorite: bacon and fresh jalapenos! Yum!
Portion sizes on the french fries were even crazier than on the burgers. A large is literally the size of the bag they put your burgers in. We shared them among four adults and four children and still had left-overs. Oof! The fries were good, standard fast food fries, but they didn’t have the kick of Five Guys’ cajun seasonsing. (Score one point for Five Guys there).
Overall, I think Moo-Yah is a good addition to the growing premium burger scene, and while they may not outright beat their closest competition, Five Guys, they definitely give them a run for their money.
It was fun getting to sample some of Texas’ popular chains. Who knows if we’ll be seeing them here soon. Hopefully, next time we visit the area we’ll get to experience even more of the local dining to learn more about what the area has to offer.
Readers, have you been to Gloria’s or Moo-Ya? What did you think? What’s your favorite restaurant in the Dallas area?