Mad Fox Brewery, you had me at “hello.” The wife and I recently gathered with The Goat and his lady for Sunday brunch, which provided a hearty, satisfying, and greasy salve for their hungover bodies.
Mad Fox has two locations, one on Wisconsin Avenue in D.C. and the other in Falls Church, just off Route 7. We stuffed ourselves into a booth at the Falls Church restaurant, which features a spacious bar area and large dining room. It was a half-hour before noon but craft brews beckoned, but none of us were in the mood to drink – not even a Bloody Mary.
It’s difficult to screw up brunch, but just as hard to make dishes that stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. Mad Fox’s brunch entrees managed to fulfill the latter. I had the Frank’s Sammy (far-right photo), a stout waffle with a house-ground sausage patty, Tillamook cheddar, sunny-side up egg, and maple bacon vinaigrette. I used to be quite the bigot – strict segregation of sweet and savory foods in my Balkanized first quarter-century of life. Now it’s a habit – chicken and waffles, an egg sandwiched by waffles, etc. … What took me so long to come around?
The ladies’ dishes (middle photo) were equally delicious. The wife ordered fried chicken and waffles, which featured a delicious honey butter and an IPA syrup that fooled her into consuming a hoppy substance, which she abhors. The Goat’s lady devoured the “Benedict Your Way,” which comes with your choice of crispy pork belly, beer-braised carnitas, roasted portobello and asiago spinach, and black bean and fresh mozzarella. (I think she went with the portobello and spinach).
His head aching from shots of scotch, The Goat went for the grease: “Uncle Bill’s Hatchet (far-left photo) features two Saunders eggs, Kölsch biscuits, sausage gravy, Plumrose bacon, carnitas, and jasmine rice, topped with green chili sauce. He’s incapable of silence, and tried to carry on multiple conversations while chewing his food. I’m pretty sure he enjoyed his meal as well. He practically licked his plate clean.
On a different occasion, the wife and I have enjoyed dinner and drinks at Mad Fox, which has a diversified menu that includes everything from meal-sized salads, burgers, and pizzas to jazzed-up versions of traditional American fare for reasonable prices. Tthe most expensive thing on the menu is the ribeye steak and fries, which costs $21. More inexpensive is Kerry’s Grilled Meatloaf, which Chaz from “Wedding Crashers” would love.