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Just got 100 dollar Moxie's Restaurant gift card. Is this a good or a bad thing...?

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Well, I am in the midst of a stupidly simple basement restoration that has totally backfired.
With apology from our super nice and seemingly competent contractors, they apologized with a Moxy's gift card for the substantial delays.

Any ideas if it's worth booking a sitter for dinner, or just drink my sorrows away there or bring my daughter's playmates there for lunch and spend it on kids meals?


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  1. LOL, could be a bad thing;)

      1. Hey, it's free. :) But seriously, go and have a bottle of wine and order things that don't look too complex -- a bunch of apps, maybe a steak.

        1. Perhaps the chain is not consistent, but I've had some pretty good meals at the Moxie's near me, especially at lunch. I say take the kids and have lunch. The food won't match the atmosphere, but I had a really nice fish taco at lunch there a few months ago while shopping in the big box stores that surround the local Moxie's. And my kids enjoyed their meals.

          It won't blow your socks off, and I wouldn't travel an hour to get there, but I find it way better than any of the other chains. As a reference, my family will not voluntarily eat at East Side Marios, Montana's, Boston Pizza or Jack Astor's.

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          1. re: CanadaGirl

            I’ve said this on other threads, the Moxie’s at Scarborough Town Centre is really good. I’ve had some fantastic meals there. The other Moxie’s locations I’ve gone to have ranged from fine to horrible (avoid the Yonge/Sheppard location!) but the STC location has been excellent almost every time I’ve been. They just seem to do things better there.

            STC’s veal burger is wonderful and the white chocolate brownie is also seriously delicious (as is their sticky toffee pudding). Very tasty cocktails too.

            If you don’t want the certificate, I’ll take it and go to the STC location ;)

            1. re: CanadaGirl

              Agreed. For a chain, I think the food is pretty decent. I too, enjoyed the fish tacos there.

              1. re: wherejessate

                Nice pic. I got the side salad with my fish tacos. Nice salad.

            2. I ate there with my husband for a quick meal while shopping at Yorkdale mall. It was o.k. The servers are dressed in short black dresses and the atmosphere is like a dark club... weird sense it was noon and we were in the mall. The food was like apple bee's, just o.k. for me, not bad, they did have drink specials.

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              1. re: danionavenue

                I haven't been to Moxie's in a couple years, but the food I've ordered at ON and AB Moxie's has been tastier than the food I've ordered at ON Kelsey's or ON Milestones, and much, much tastier than my 2 experiences at Applebee's in the States. Despite its cheezy fake nightclub atmosphere, I'd choose the Yorkdale Moxie's over Yorkdale Milestones.

                The Yorkdale Milestones and the Dixon Rd Milestones (near Pearson) serve food that is subpar compared to the food at other Milestones, in my experience.

                Have found the starters to be decent at the Yorkdale location. I used to like the salads and Beef dip in AB, but I haven't ordered those items at an ON Moxie's.

              2. Amazing deal !! Lucky for you. The food, ambiance is awesome. The steaks are to die for you, enjoy!

                1. I have been three times in the past 3-4 years and have always had great food and great experiences. I am not into chains for the most part, but Moxies is a place I'd return to. I've only been to the location at Winston Churchill and 401. Check out their website and you can get an idea of their menu and I think they have pics there if you want to see what it looks like.

                  1. I've been once, to the Yonge/Sheppard location. The food was not memorable and the service was slow. I vaguely remember that they do something fun with ice cream for the kids' meals involving cold vapour or something. I would not personally pay for a babysitter for the Moxie's meal experience. In your situation I'd probably 1) drink my sorrows away at the bar with a few apps or 2) bring the kids, as long as they are not too young - our kids did not appreciate the slow service we experienced. But I'm not saying the food is awful; I might pay for a babysitter to eat the same food in a nice pub with decent beer, I just don't enjoy the big chain restaurant experience much. Personal preference only.

                    1. I am not a big fan of chain restaurants either but I have gone to the Moxies in Richmond Hill many times. It's close to the office and as I work in a male dominated field, the guys like the patio and the cute girls in short skirts (the male servers are not so bad for eye candy either).

                      Never had a bad meal. Some of the items are actually quite tasty. Am fond of the green bean app - tough to get me to eat my veggies so nice when I find something I love.

                      So depending on the location, could be worth getting a sitter but choose wisely - from the other responses there are a few locations to avoid!

                      1. $10 in apps and $90 in booze, problem solved!

                        1. Compared to chains like Kelsey's, Boston Pizza, Jack Astor's, East Side, etct, I find Moxie's to be waayyy better. I've only been to the London Ontario location so I don't know what the Toronto locations are like, but I think the food is good.

                          Usually I get pasta or a rice bowl (some kind of chicken curry?) and it's surprisingly delicious. Drinks there are good too.

                          I would use it!

                          Jack Astor's
                          1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA

                          1. Veal burger with pancetta and white cheddar---one of the best burgers I've had in a long time.

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                            1. re: Brain of J

                              You can't go wrong with a couple of apps and $60 of alcohol. Moxie's is okay.

                              Brain of J... I see you're a Pearl Jam Fan (love the song Brain of J)... are you going to the two shows at the ACC and Copps in Hamilton? PJ 20 at Alpine?!

                              1. re: cupidom

                                Hi Cupidom

                                Yup, I have the two Toronto shows and the Hamilton show covered---would love to see more---especially Alpine, but I'd be risking divorce! :-)

                                Hope you get there!

                            2. had the fish tacos and white chocolate brownie, and both were really excellent!

                              1. Awesome replies! Esp. thanks for the Y&S location warning.
                                Cheers! Time for drinkies.

                                1. Someone mentioned the STC location and I will agree that it is one of their better locations. The first time I tried Moxie's at the STC it was a couple of months into their opening and truthfully the food was underwhelming. I just wasn't impressed with what we got and what we paid so I checked Moxies off my list. My wife on the other hand started going a year after and she said their menu had changed and the food was excellent. I gave it another shot and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the food. I ordered their tuna tartare and it was excellent. I accompanied that dish with a very tasty beet and arugula salad with walnuts and goat cheese. I was full, but didn't feel heavy at all. For dessert we ordered their Xango which is a cheesecake slice with bananas wrapped in pastry dough and deep fried. It's then served with white chocolate sauce. Wow...very sinful. The service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back again.

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                                  1. re: scarberian

                                    I keep on telling my friends that STC Moxies is different. No one believes me! Oh well, more for me : )

                                        1. re: magic

                                          I tried to forget about that place about 20 years ago and it looks like I succeeded:)

                                  2. I went on the 1st when the movie I wanted to see was sold out. The lobster grilled cheese was amazing, and my bfs order of fish and chips was huge, and nicely done. Ceasars were also good.

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                                    1. re: cupcakez

                                      Hey cupcakez I like your style, "The movie is sold out?! Oh man... LET'S EAT!"

                                      Hey Herne, you should go back to Scarborough Town Centre for a visit. They've revamped the place and the reno looks good. If you like tea try David's Teas, their chilli chocolate tea is good.

                                      1. re: scarberian

                                        There was nothing else open in the mall and I had to TTC there from downtown...not going home after that. It was a date,