I have driven pass Moxie’s Grill and Bar many times, going back and forth throughout Red Deer. It helps that Moxie’s is situated on Gaetz Avenue, the main road for the city of Red Deer. However, it doesn’t help that the immediate area does not offer a lot of foot or vehicle traffic. Although I drove by the restaurant a lot, to actually get to it required taking a detour into a small road with little surrounding opportunities to “be in the area”, ie. Grocery or Hardware stores.
Having eaten at other Moxie’s in other cities, I knew that they targeted the same demographics as Cactus Club, Earl’s, Original Joe’s, Browns Social House, etc. It’s interesting that in different cities, different chains dominate. For example, in Lethbridge, Moxie’s Grill and Bar is the place to be and is always packed. Here in Red Deer, Earl’s and Original Joe’s tend to be the most popular destination.
Moxie’s Grill and Bar is located in the same area as Sandman Hotel and a car dealership. Inside, the atmosphere was very similar to Earl’s, being cozy and a bit darker in lighting.
My wife ordered a Strawberry Bellini.
My wife spotted Bruschetta and insisted on trying Moxie’s attempt at it. It was described as fresh diced tomatoes and bocconcini on crostini bread.
The Bruschetta arrived beautifully plated. Despite the simplicity (as opposed to other restaurants’ attempts at dressing up the bruschetta), what was on plate was delicious. The fresh tomato offered both texture and tartness to counterbalance the bocconcini. For some reason, despite being a type of cheese, the bocconcini always comes across light rather than heavy. The crostini was crispy and gave the needed starch component. Unfortunately, the one artistic touch Moxie’s made with the dish, putting the balsamic vinegar reduction glaze below the bruschetta, was unsuccessful. It stuck hard to the plate so we had trouble scraping it off to add to the bruschetta. We would have preferred the glaze drizzle overtop so we could easily enjoy the bruschetta.