Alex: Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails opened to great fanfare a short while ago, and we’ve visited a few times for dinner, and most recently for brunch. Moxie is the pride and joy of Chef Tom Gray, whose culinary expertise has been showcased at Bistro Aix and the fabulous Legend Series long before his restaurant became a reality. You can find Moxie in the St. Johns Town Center, it is a gorgeous two-story affair rising from amongst the chain restaurants like a modernist temple to gourmet local food.
Inside there is a huge variety of seating, from the “Cow Room” done up entirely in leather to the second floor bar and balcony area. Whether you’re coming in with a group for drinks after work or just looking for a quiet romantic evening; there will be a spot for you. For those who love getting in touch with their food, the best seats in the house are right up next to the kitchen where you can watch the magic happen.
Here are some of our favorites for brunch and for dinner:
Pecan Sticky Bun – You can easily split the pecan sticky bun four ways to share with your dining partners (although you might be tempted not to share). The sticky sauce has just a hint of bourbon flavor and plenty of sweetness, but when it’s split up it’s just the right amount for everyone to enjoy.
Scone – Don’t miss the scone of the day, when we visited it was a cornmeal and berry scone served with a berry butter. It is a good portion for the price, and the butter was incredible.
Donut Holes – Another item perfect for sharing are the donut holes, about half a dozen or so puffs of sweet fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar. The donuts tasted like sweet fair food in a good way. I found myself wishing there was some sort of dipping sauce or a surprise filling as it was otherwise rather plain beyond being cinnamon-sugar coated fluff balls.
Torched Grapefruit – This is as fantastic as it sounds, served with mint and blood oranges. The delicious top layer of the grapefruit will crack like a brulee and the taste is unbeatable.
Kettle Corn – It comes in a little brown bag perfect for sharing, but after your first handful you will regret passing that bag around. The chopped bacon coated in sweet syrup gave the popcorn plenty of sweet salty flavors, with the cashews providing a satisfying crunch with a tiny bit of spice. Simple, delicious, and a great way to start a meal out, just make sure nobody is picking out all of that sweet tasty bacon when you aren’t looking!
Cheese Curds – For those who are fans of fried cheese (and who isn’t?) then you also need to try the PBR-battered fried cheese curds. It’s honestly one of the best fried cheese dishes I’ve ever had, a perfect storm of creamy textured cheese with plenty of house made spice ranch dressing to dip it in. This is the dish to get to share, but there isn’t so much that it would be overwhelming for just you.
Apple Hand Pie – For dessert, you absolutely must try the apple hand pie. It comes with a side of salted caramel crème brulee, which is an explosion of flavors. The salted caramel crème brulee truly melts in your mouth, and we ordered a second round of it to-go on our first visit.
Brunch & Dinner – Entrees
Chicken-n-Waffles – One of my favorite entree items also graces the brunch menu, though normally I don’t order chicken dishes in restaurants. However, exceptions can be made when it involves pudding and waffles. Chef Tom Gray’s iteration of this decadent southern classic doesn’t disappoint, with a balance of sweet and spicy flavors from the pepper jelly and waffle pudding. Naturally, the Chicken-n-Waffles comes with a fully cooked waffle, but the pudding really brought the dish to a whole different level and helped even out the salty and savory flavors that can get overwhelming with any fried chicken, no matter how delicious.
The Moxie Burger – This is another item on both menus, and is pleasantly customizable, with blue or American cheese, bacon, and an egg over medium as possible toppings. The patty is a mix of beef, pork, and bacon, and all of the fixings were fresh and delicious. I’d recommend trying it with the egg if you don’t mind a messy burger; the runny yolk is better than any ketchup or mustard you’d normally be using.
Handmade Sodas – Both the Spin Doctor and The Wayfarer are a delicious combination of perfectly mixed flavors. The Spin Doctor contains peach shrub, clove, and cinnamon; while The Wayfarer is made up of cranberry + ginger shrub and orange zest. If you have to pick just one soda, The Wayfarer our recommendation.
Cocktails will be dependent on your alcohol preferences. We’ve found the bartenders happy to give recommendations, as well as make something customizable.
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
4972 Big Island Drive