Thursday, May 16, 2013

Moo Cluck Moo: a new kind of fast food

A few weeks ago, Greg came home with a pamphlet for a new fast food restaurant near his job in Dearborn Heights called Moo Cluck Moo. Their menu is pretty simple, basically comprised of hamburgers for $3 (called Moos), specially seasoned buttermilk battered chicken sandwiches for $6 (called Notorious Clucks), fries with sea salt or garlic for $2 (mmm, garlic...), Calder Dairy milkshakes for $3, and natural soft drinks made without refined sugars for $1.50. If you get a Moo Combo, comprised of a burger, fries, and a pop, it's only $6 before tax.

Moo Cluck Moo's promise is, according to the flyer Greg grabbed, as follows:
Our products, ingredients are carefully chosen – we hold everything and everyone to a high standard. This means our food is served 100% natural – NEVER antibiotics or growth hormones EVER – never frozen. We deliver consistency, freshness, quality and health. Period.

This was enough to pique my interest. The pamphlet also promised “Sweet Protein” buns baked only at their restaurant. Wasn't really sure what to make of that, but it didn't seem too shady. So not long ago, when Greg and I were in the area, we decided to give Moo Cluck Moo a try.

To begin with, the location is very difficult to find at 8606 N. Telegraph Rd in Dearborn Heights, MI. It's in a tiny strip of of a building with a auto garage on one side and a tattoo parlor on the other. The sign is easy to overlook because it's white, though it does have the cute cows and chicken logo. It's one block south of Joy Rd on the east side of Telegraph if that helps. Parking is a bit confusing. We parked in the lot that seemed to be part of the garage. There is also neighborhood parking if that turns out to be an incorrect assumption. Their hours are 11ish to 8ish (sic).

Greg ordered a Moo shake combo with garlic fries and I decided to get the Cluck shake combo so we could try both sandwiches. My shake was cherry flavored, which I thought was a great option over the usual vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. (Greg had vanilla.)

The fries were great and the shakes were great. That “Sweet Protein” bun, however, was a little odd. Spongy, I guess. Discounting the bun, the taste of the burger reminded me of In-N-Out, which makes sense considering 100% natural, fresh ground beef that's never been frozen is basically their bag, too. As for the chicken, I thought it was too spicy. It did remind me of a poboy with a serving of “Picnic Slaw” layered on top of the chicken patty. I liked the chicken without the bun and slaw better than with. And there's a reason the chicken costs twice as much as the moo burger: it's twice the size.  

Though Greg works in the area, we don't live terribly close, so I don't know when I'll be able to stop by again, but I would definitely go back and try a burger for myself. If you should find yourself in the Dearborn Heights area and you wish to try something new, or you want to support a fast food restaurant that serves fresh, real food, try Moo Cluck Moo for yourself. I wish them the best of luck!

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