Midwest Living Review
Beachwood's Moxie the Restaurant is housed in a completely unremarkable strip-mall style building near I-271. Moxie's interior quickly makes up for the blah of its exterior. The restaurant is smooth and sleek and popping with personality. The overall feel is modern but with enough twists -- sunken dining room, open kitchen, pop-style art -- to make it anything but predictable. The lunch crowd is a mix of business and socialite. The dinner crowd is the same, but dressier. The tone of the crowd fits this neighborhood and the kitchen that has garnered so much attention ("Gourmet," "Esquire" and "Playboy"). Despite all the self-importance in the room, the restaurant -- its staff and its food -- remains completely approachable, solidly down-to-earth and very, very good. The Moxie Burger ($11.75 at lunch or $15.75 at dinner) is fabulous. One taste of it's premium ingredients -- certified Angus beef, challah bun, Adams Reserve cheddar, tomato, onion and mesclun -- and you know this is something special. Herbed mayonnaise marries the mesclun and meat flawlessly. The challah bun is both crispy and soft. The char-grilled patty is superbly and simply seasoned with a snappy pepper crust. There's a side of frites (more pepper) that are good but never outshine the burger. Lunch at Moxie ranges from $12-$17. Expect to spend between $15 and $30 for a dinner entree. Dinner reservations are recommended; you can make them for lunch too, but they're not necessary.