For more than a decade, Wendi Lund managed and worked in every kind of restaurant in the food industry, from fine dining to brew pubs. She loved customer service and working with people.
"I love the hours. I love the people who work in the food business. I love entertaining," Lund said.
She aspired to open her own place, and in July 2009, the timing was finally right for Lund to open the Moxi Wine Bistro, a restaurant unlike any other the Bountiful area has ever seen.
The food is served tapas style, meaning that it comes in smaller portions on family-style serving plates for groups to share. "You can experience a lot of different flavors. It is a really fun way to dine," Lund said of this Spanish serving style.
The menu includes a list of wines ranging from $4.50 to $8 per glass, and a wide variety of other eclectic menu items. Some popular picks include the Southwest Bruschetta ($6), sourdough baguettes with a dip that includes fresh mozzarella, jalapenos and a slice of avocado on top; Crispy Duck Breast ($12), seared with roasted leeks, blood oranges and a molasses brandy sauce; and Lamb ($11), a blackened loin over a bed of grilled yam medallions, with a cucumber mint bombe melted over the top.
A sampling of seafood favorites are available, such as Seared Salmon ($8), served on a bed of sweet pea puree with in-house oven-dried tomato petals; or Clams & Mussels ($10) in a sauce made with white wine, pancetta, sunchokes and Brussels sprout leaves.
Dishes range from the common, such as the Moxi Burger ($8), dressed with shallots, garlic, lettuce, tomato and cheese; to the exotic, such as the Grilled Game Hen ($9) with raisin chili glaze and Israeli couscous.
Sunday brunch includes dishes such as Bananas Fosters Waffles ($9), with a scoop of ice cream; Polenta Cake Benedict ($9), with ham and hollandaise sauce; Eggs Florentine ($9), with spinach, tomato, hollandaise and fresh-cut fries; and Huevos Rancheros ($10), in a homemade sauce.
Lund said her goal was to create an elegant, relaxed atmosphere where people can come for a quick meal and a nice glass of wine, or where they could spend hours dining.
Moxi Wine Bistro is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and features jazz and blues bands.
MOXI WINE BISTRO
ADDRESS: 1025 S. 500 West, Bountiful
HOURS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays
CONTACT: 801-335-0394, www.moxibistro.com