By Amanda Cregan | Philly Burbs
A 19-year-old chef has “mooved” his burger venture to Upper Bucks.
MOO is more than your average burger-and-shake joint. Nearly all of its menu items are sourced from local farms and butchers.
As they chow down at this simple, American-style eatery, customers can check out the restaurant’s décor of photos of the Bucks’ farmers who regularly produce the ingredients for MOO.
The restaurant began as the only Bucks County-based food truck. The popular food truck of the same name operated primarily in Newtown, serving up burgers, fries and milkshakes to hungry customers in Lower Bucks and at catered events and festivals across the region.
MOO owner and chef Evan Asoudegan is a 2011 graduate of Solebury School.
As a student, Asoudegan always had a passion for art and design. But at age 15, a Bobby Flay cooking show on the Food Network changed the direction of his life.
“Right then and there, I wanted to be a chef,” he said.
He spent his teen years apprenticing at a Lambertville restaurant. And two years ago, as he was preparing to enter the French Culinary Institute in New York City, the energetic young man again decided to follow his passion.
Another Food Network show — “The Great American Food Truck Race” — had Asoudegan off and running.
“I just thought, ‘Man, I got to do a food truck. That would be so awesome,’ ” he said.
In lieu of cooking school, he bought a former bread truck, and spent a year developing the concept of MOO and rehabilitating the 1988 vehicle into a modern food truck.
With intense focus on great taste, quality food and great presentation, Asoudegan combines his passion for art and food in every burger.
“Everything that we do is done for a reason,” he said, of the seasoning and grilling techniques. “There’s a lot of care that’s put into it.”
In January, Asoudegan upgraded his restaurant on wheels to a new eatery in the Ottsville section of Nockamixon Township. Located in the former Pryzuski’s Family Restaurant building on Durham Road, it’s a short distance from oWowCow Creamery and Palisades High School.
Instead of hanging out with friends and enjoying life in a college dorm, six days a week, you’ll find this 19-year-old Lambertville man picking up fresh produce and eggs from local farms in his Volkswagen Beetle, hand-grinding meat from the butcher, cooking up lunch and dinner in the MOO kitchen and managing a six-member staff.
“I’m satisfied, but once I do something, I think, ‘What can I do next?’ ” he said.
This week, MOO will also start serving breakfast. It’s open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Within the next few years, Asoudegan aims to establish more MOO eateries, and has applied for a spot at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.