REVIEW: New restaurant deserves ‘Moe’ attention 1

The salmon fillet is $11 and comes with two sides (Photo by Jared Huhta).

Walking in to Moe’s Restaurant was a complete shock. Having been to Ugalde’s Family Restaurant and Lounge, the restaurant Moe’s replaced in December 2012, I expected nothing but a tired interior and an atmosphere that my grandparents would struggle to enjoy. Along with the name, Moe’s completely changed my opinion about the once-tired location with its updated interior, affordable cuisine and hospitable service.

While the exterior remained the same, the interior of this restaurant drastically changed. The lighting is now soft and dim, creating a somewhat soothing atmosphere that compliments the furnished floor and beautiful bricks that layer each wall. Large televisions hung on two walls, but they were not as big of a distraction as I initially thought they may be. Moe’s has a delicate balance of fanciness and occasional college hangout, and I would definitely consider catching a few Chicago Cubs games there.

The food also helps this consideration. As I gazed at the menu, choosing between the classic hamburger, sirloin sandwich or a juicy steak, the kind waitress caught me off guard.

“Oh, we do serve breakfast all day too,” she said.

This definitely attracted my taste buds, but I ordered the $11 salmon fillet instead. I was blown away by how immense the fish was, perhaps magnified since the sides were extremely small. My sweet potato looked like it had just endured a half-hour in the microwave, but it still complimented the flaky salmon that was cooked to absolute perfection. While delicious, a Belgian waffle or omelet is definitely calling my name the next time I visit.

The menu prices are certainly fair, ranging from an $8 burger to an $18 filet mignon. The breakfast items are especially cheap, perfect for an early morning treat or a late-night snack (Moe’s is open until 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on weekends). It’s unfortunate Moe’s followed Ugalde’s tradition by not allowing students to use flex dollars anymore, however. That would undoubtedly make it the perfect hangout for the college crowd.

The service especially has improved compared to Ugalde’s. Servers now don ties and dress pants, to the point where I thought the menu prices would reflect their apparel. Thank goodness they didn’t.

The two tiny rolls served before the entree don’t offer much of an appetizer, especially since it took a solid 25 minutes before my food was ready. As there were only 10 people in the restaurant at 6 p.m., prime dinner hours, this was a bit disappointing.

Overall, Moe’s Restaurant is certainly one of Huntington’s lesser-known eateries that deserves more attention. It’s fancy enough for a hot date but still retains some of the casual ambience college students desire.

Moe’s Restaurant is located at 2990 West Park Drive and is open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, Moe’s is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

One comment on “REVIEW: New restaurant deserves ‘Moe’ attention

  1. Reply Ben S. Mar 22,2013 2:52 pm

    Disclaimer: This review applies to the entire wait staff with the exception of the waitress named Desiree (I apologize if the name is misspelled), who is always friendly and acts in a speedy manner.

    A group of coworkers and I typically visit here once a week for lunch (even before the name change from Ugalde’s to Moe’s). The last three times I have visited for lunch, the service has been terrible. The waitresses are very slow and don’t seem to think or know how to prioritize. When the restaraunt was still called Ugalde’s, the wait staff was regular, friendly, and personable. Now the waitresses don’t seem to care about how quickly you get your food, drinks, or silverware. The food is always good, but the waitresses bring it out one to two plates at a time unless it dawns upon them to ask for help from another waitress. The first person to receive their food is typically half way done with his meal by the time the last receives his. I hope there are vast improvements to the waiting staff, with an emhpasis on priority of customer satisfaction and convenience, otherwise I will no longer eat here.

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