If you’re tired of the standard eateries around Foggy Bottom, try out newly opened Moxie’s’ creative menu of standard lunch food with unique twists.
This fast-casual joint may soon become a go-to for students: Owner Mark Barnett said the restaurant’s “fun” menu is aimed at students and young professionals. Future plans include staying open on Saturdays and accepting GWorld cards for students to use dining cash, he said.
Located at 1020 19th St., it’s only about a 10-minute walk from campus and three blocks from the Farragut West Metro station.
Dark patio tables and chairs with red pillows and cushions seat about 16 people outside the restaurant. Inside, a sign with the pronunciation and definition of the word moxie — “a force of character, determination or nerve” — gives off a purple glow. There is ample seating inside for about 18 people at tables and counters.
For lunch, I took advantage of the all-day breakfast menu and ordered an egg and cheese breakfast burrito with a heap of hashbrowns on the side ($4.99), tangy freshly squeezed orange juice ($4.25) and a rocky road cookie and peanut butter-flavored ice cream sandwich ($4.99). I ordered at a kiosk and the food was brought to where I was sitting.
The food was all satisfying, but the dessert stood out: The ice cream flavors and soft, gooey cookies — including a gluten free chocolate chip option — are a dollar more than Captain Cookie’s and just as great. Other tempting items on the menu include the strawberry spinach salad ($7.99) and the Vietnamese sub ($7.99).
Barnett said in an email that Moxie’s, which opened July 1, stands apart from its competitors because the menu is inspired by “a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.”
“We wanted to do something different — from custom warm ice cream sandwiches to a healthy strawberry spinach salad,” he said “We have a very unique, eclectic and bold menu.”
Moxie’s will host a back-to-school event for GW students Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. with free ice cream sandwiches for students with GWorld cards, he added.