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Embrace the cocktails at Moxie's.

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Moxie’s Bar and Grill started back in the early '90s as a deli/diner, and went by Muncies before being sold off and renamed Moxie’s. A popular chain with locations all around Canada, Moxie’s currently has one location in Dallas and, now, a second American location situated in heart of Galleria. Located off 5000 Westheimer Road, Moxie’s building is an imposing two-story structure with a massive patio.

Walking into the restaurant, you are greeted by a large illuminated sign that reads, “I will if you will,” almost like it’s daring you to try something new and different. The interior is very modern with a wide-open layout and massive windows that let in the natural light. The downstairs bar is connected to the patio by way of a collapsible window and has plenty of seating. We were ushered to the patio for some cocktails and light bites. Two signature cocktails are the Avocado Gimlet, with rosemary and olive infused gin, avocado, apfelkorn, simple syrup and fresh pressed lime juice, and the Straight Outta Cozumel margarita, with Don Julio Blanco, Texas orange, fresh basil, pineapple simple syrup and fresh pressed lime juice. Both were excellent; the Cozumel was a refreshing reprieve.

After an introduction to the Moxie way of things, we were led to the second-floor dining area. You can see straight into the kitchen as you have an unobstructed view from all angles that can be credited to the glass walls. There’s a second massive bar with plenty of seating, as well as seating on the wraparound patio.

For our starters we had Sushi Cones—tempura shrimp with avocado, pea shoots, nori crisps with a sesame chili ponzu; Poutine with freshly cut fries, hot beef gravy, Quebec cheese curds and fresh chives; fish tacos with chipotle lime marinade, corn salsa, avocado and sour cream. Moxie’s National Beverage Director, Kim Spence, and Executive Chef, Brandon Thordarson, exquisitely paired all of the food items with a respective drink, unlocking the full range of flavors and making the experience that much more unforgettable.

Be forewarned: just because Moxie’s has roots in Canada doesn't mean that it only serves up Canadian fare. “We’re an American grill bar so if you wanted something gluten-heavy to fill you up, we have that option, and also have healthy options if that’s the route you want to take,” General Manager Allan Hannay told us.

We had a sampler of salads that they offer, including a kale and quinoa salad, a ginger-infused salad, and an avocado Cobb salad, all of which are perfect in their own way. The kale and quinoa has the right amount of zest and crunch from the toasted pumpkin seeds, and the avocado Cobb is crisp and perfectly complemented by a boiled egg, feta, and bacon.

We also got a tasting of steak, grilled ahi, seared salmon and lobster tails, with a stuffed baked potato, seasoned vegetables, and chimichurri. Nothing tasted overcooked or undercooked; it was glorious. My personal favorite of the dessert options was the toffee pudding, which comes with candied pecans, buttery caramel sauce, bourbon crème anglaise, and vanilla bean ice cream to make for an absolute treat.

Open until 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and until midnight the rest of the week, Moxie's is open later than most in the Galleria area. It's the shot in the arm that the Galleria area was pining for. From the imaginative cocktail menu to its robust menu, Moxie’s has moxie.

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$$ American/New American 5000 Westheimer Road