I am so excited. I love when new restaurants come to Jacksonville, especially when they use fresh ingredients, have a great menu and are opened by great chefs (who happen to be really down to earth nice people). Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, a Chef Tom Grey creation, is now open for business.
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails is in the Town Center between Nordstrom Rack and Seasons 52. It is a 2 story stand alone building with ample space inside and out. They feature fun and funky american food with international (and a little bit of southern) influence. Their menu is quite diverse and items range from craft cocktails, cheeses, burgers, seafood and decadent deserts. Pretty much everything is made from scratch and/or found locally. The vibe of the restaurant is a fusion of industrial, rustic and prohibition.
My boyfriend and I went during the soft opening and had an amazing experience. Even with the restaurant being so new, staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The menu is so fun. I have a feeling it will change based on the seasons.
We started off with two appetizers (both gluten free) : we had the octopus appetizer and a plate of 2 cured meats. Both were amazing. The octopus appetizer came with chorizo, olive crisp, corn nuts and black garlic. I am not a huge fan of octopus, but the way the server described that it was prepared to reduce the chewiness we had to try. Plus it was just so unique we were intrigued.
Unfortunately, our main course was so tantalizing I immediately dug in and forgot to take a picture. But trust me when I say the food was amazing. My boyfriend had the Filet Mignon with the chimichuri sauce and I had the rainbow trout. We ordered the collards and ham and the brussel sprouts as our sides. The rainbow trout was gluten-free and dairy-free and came on top of mashed sunchoke (a vegetable similar to an artichoke). They had to make some variations to the meal so again, very important to let your server know of your allergy.
- They do not have a dedicated gluten-free fryer so anything fried is not safe for those with Celiac disease
- Corn nuts, popcorn bar snacks are gluten-free
- Salads, Short Ribs and BBQ Pork Steak can be done gluten-free
For dessert, my boyfriend was a devil and had the coconut meringue cake that looked amazing. DEFINITELY NOT GLUTEN-FREE
We were so lucky, Chef Tom was in the restaurant and came around to all of the tables to say hello and see how things were. He really is a very nice person. It is so refreshing to know that someone as successful as he is can stay so grounded and friendly.
All in all the restaurant has a wonderful layout and even has the flexibility to host meetings, special events, etc. in the new year. They have outdoor seating downstairs and upstairs and two bars. The upstairs bar has a great lounge feel while the downstairs lounge accommodates guests waiting on tables.
One of my favorite features is their water filtration system which provides still and sparkling drinking water. I crave their sparkling water it is delicious. My other favorite feature is the upstairs artwork by my favorite artist- Dennis Campay. This is a great place for a date, special occasion, a holiday dinner or when friends are in from out of town. There are a variety of prices so you could dine on a budget or splurge.
Have you been? What was your experience like?