Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill

Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill
500 Monmouth Street
Newport, KY
Tel: 859-581-3700

I'll admit to being wary about revisiting Mokka after the poor service experienced there in the past, but hey, it's been long enough that the restaurant should have worked out the kinks and gotten rid of the dead weight, so I decided to give them another shot.


I'm glad I did. We arrived around 9:30 a.m. on a weekend morning and were promptly greeted and seated - already things were looking better. The restaurant was bustling and the staff rose to the challenge; taking orders in a timely fashion, pacing the meal accordingly and being there when needed - no hovering nor disappearing for extended periods. Our server earned extra points for recommending their housemade breakfast juice - the pineapple-orange-cantaloup juice was refreshing and tasty.

Pineapple orange cantaloup juice drink

Another bonus: there is a vegan wrap on their breakfast menu! Chock full of roasted red peppers, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and generous chunks of tofu, it's a healthy and delicious alternative to the cholesterol-laden items normally found around town. It comes with a choice of side items - I'd just finished a five-mile walk and was craving carbs, so I opted for potatoes. Other choices include fruit, salad, and onion rings. Yep, you read that correctly.

Vegan wrap with potatoes

It was a coin-toss for Steve between the frittata and the chicken grinder. The grinder won. The menu also boasts waffles, pancakes, French toast, several vegetarian grinders, salads and and oatmeal.

Chicken grinder

While Mokka appears to have worked out its growing pains, there's still an undercurrent of schizophrenia in that the restaurant seems to be trying a little too hard to cater to all tastes. I have yet to visit the restaurant in the evening, when Mokka morphs into the Sunset Bar & Grill. The restaurant is non-smoking during the Mokka hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), but the smoking ban is lifted in the evenings when the menu changes to bar food (think wings and potato skins) and burgers. It's a weird concept, but more power to them if they can make it work.

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