Restaurants & Bars

Moxie Wood Fire Grill - Conklin, NY (Binghamton area)

Jambalaya | Dec 31, 200706:49 AM

Three of us ate at this place Saturday evening. According to my friends who are residents of the area this is a relatively new restaurant, that is a white tablecloth type of establishment. They specialize in wood grilled food using both an open wood grill as well as a wood fired oven. The former produces steaks, seafood etc., the latter for pizzas and I'm sure a variety of other dishes.

A search of this board for this restaurant did not turn up any reviews, so I'm not sure if readers are familiar with the place or not. For now just let me mention the food was excellent. We ordered a dish I believe was called a Tuscan sampler and the Blackened Egg Roll. The sampler was a bit like an antipasta containing various types of cheeses, cappicola wrapped around bread sticks, mushrooms, roasted garlic and a few other items as well. The Blackened Egg Roll was also quite good containing blackened chicken with some southwestern items as well as something giving it a bit of a sweet taste. It was served quartered on a skewer with a drizzle of what seemed to be a spicy style sauce.

For the entree two of us ordered steaks which we both decided were excellent, done exactly as we wanted and one had the skewered lamb with a very nice mint demiglace.

All this made for a very nice dinning experience that was however diminished by some glitches in service. The menu offered both mussels in a Sambucca cream sauce or clams for appetizer. We were informed they had run out of these two items. The Tuscan sampler was to be accompanied by flat bread, but it was not brought until we specifically reminded the waitress about it. We expected some type of bread as an initial offering but this was never brought until they sat our entrees down and it contained some cinnamon butter. With the addition of this item it was very evident this type of thing should have been given to us perhaps with drinks when we sat down. Oven roasted potatoes were ordered with one of the steak dinners, but we were served the sweet potatoes instead. Again we had to remind the waitress after which she promptly brought the item that was actually ordered.

Lastly, we decided to order deserts and three parfait/moose type offerings were presented, a chocolate dish with a very nice cake placed on top. This looked very good so we ordered two of these. The one used as a display was placed on the table but when the waitress returned with the other one it was minus the cake, which seriously detracted from the appearance of the original desert. Again, they were out of the cake, so the cherry jubilee moose was ordered. It turned out that dish was mostly puff pastry and very little filling.

All in all this was a nice place and a repeat visit would be warranted to see if the negatives we experienced as mentioned above are repeated or were just a fluke. This is being written to caution anyone else to watch out for these issues if you decide to dine here. We felt for the prices that were charged we should have gotten better service as well as not encountered so many items listed on the menu that were not available.

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