A Return To Moxie’s – Edmonton, Alberta

Moxie’s Classic Grill
1739 102 St
780.430.4701
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The last time, which also happened to be my first time, I was at this location of Moxie’s, it was GR’s birthday. The experience was good, but nothing on the table struck me as a must-have. So I found it a little strange to be coming back again so soon; this time, for Road Runner’s birthday. Arriving just after 12, we opted for the bar side and sat ourselves in a nice big booth.

The bar side of the restaurant is divided by a long family style table, with a sprinkling of booths on one side and tables on the other. As fun as the long table looks, we found it quite awkward to move past, both when we arrived and when we left. The booths are far from the cozy booths you might find in Swiss Chalet, and easily handled our 5 bodies.

Soup & Sandwich

Ranch-House Chicken Burger w/ Sweet Potato Fries

No Work Sue started ordering on the far side of the booth, and opted for what she apparently had just a few days prior; Soup & Sandwich. The soup ended up being Broccoli Cheddar, and the sandwich Beef Dip. The two options must have been good if she ordered them again, but she quickly followed my inquiring question up with, “all food is good”. Tank ordered the Ranch-House Chicken Burger, which looked quite good, and went sweet potato fries instead of a side salad. The sandwich went over well, but Tank was critical in saying that nothing really stood out for him. As simple as it sounds, he affirmed, it was just good.

Ginger Teriyaki Rice Bowl w/ Chicken

Coconut Curry Rice Bowl w/ Chicken

GR, who’s almost always swayed by the lobster grilled cheese, went with the Ginger Teriyaki Rice Bowl. A bright, colourful plate arrived, but I soon saw GR picking her way around the bowl. Offering me a bite, I realized that the ginger teriyaki quotient was almost missing. Maybe it need more sauce, maybe the vegetables need to actually sweeten up under the heat some more, or maybe the dish needed more time to come together. Either way, it was a miss. Road Runner, who seems to be a creature of habit, ordered the Coconut Curry Rice Bowl, which was the exact same dish as our last visit. This time though, we convinced her to choose chicken instead of shrimp. Good as always I guess.

Top Sirloin Steak Salad w/ Goat Cheese

Feeling yet another goat cheese inspiration from Sarah, I decided to go with a Top Sirloin Steak Salad. Ordering the sirloin rare, I was impressed to see my steak come perfectly cooked. A bit of the lettuce was past it’s prime, while the tomato was on the other end of the spectrum and offered very little flavour. The creamy goat cheese worked well with the vinegrette, yet couldn’t save the steak. I don’t know what it was, but I spent my lunch chewing on this steak like it was a bit of leather. Surprised by the banana bread that accompanied a previous dinner at Original Joe’s, the mini-loaf here made me think restaurants are onto some new trend. Instead of just garlic toast, why not serve naan bread, or banana bread, or foccacia, or a pita. The bread arrived warm, but quickly cooled into a average tasting treat. Definitely not cooked to order, it suffers from the same problem most breads do when reheated briefly.

White Chocolate Brownie

Dessert was of course the free one bite, White Chocolate Brownie. As long as it’s fresh, I don’t know too many people who don’t like this and it added the right amount of sweetness to Road Runner’s meal. Even with a few other choices in South Edmonton Common, Moxie’s seems to draw my work companions in almost every time. Once again, while the food was good, it wasn’t enough for me to await my next visit with baited breath.

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4 thoughts on “A Return To Moxie’s – Edmonton, Alberta

  1. Moxies have been serving those uninspired mini-banana loaves for at least the last 5 years. I would like to see them update. Rarely does it compliment the flavors in the meal, it just seems like a token oddball after thought. Trying to convince the masses that Moxies is “just a little different” than your average chain restaurant. Fail. My soul dies a little when people suggest Moxies as a dining destination.

  2. Moxie’s for me is another one of those chains that focuses more on the decor and atmosphere than the food – and you pay for it too. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of paying for atmosphere. We need more restaurants in Edmonton that put the food first.

  3. Tia – Thanks for the nice comments. I wouldn’t say I love Moxie’s, so I’m curious why you feel so strong? What’s your favourite dish?

    Sarah – “it just seems like a token oddball after thought” That’s what I was thinking the whole time.

    Michelle – “I’m tired of paying for atmosphere. We need more restaurants in Edmonton that put the food first.” Well said. And I agree.

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