While there are plenty of places to get a high-end, expensive dinner in the DC area, I find that it's awfully hard to find a great, low-key dining option with consistently good food. There are a few gems in the area, but they are definitely few and far between. So when you find one, you gotta share the love. Hence, I share with you one of my favorite casual dining pubs, Mad Fox Brewing Company. Excellent beer, great food and friendly staff at a reasonable price.
I love the selection of bar bites at Mad Fox and the frickles are my favorite snack to enjoy with a beer while watching a game. Briny pickles with a crispy shell served with spicy ranch dipping sauce, I could probably find a way to eat two orders (yikes!). The shishito peppers are another great, spicy snack - lightly roasted and served with miso mayonnaise. Other 'not-to-miss' bar treats include the bitterballen (curried croquettes of lamb and beef) and grilled wings.
Mad Fox has lots of dinner options to choose from ranging from schnitzel to burgers and pizza. The bacon jam burger, topped with blue cheese was meaty and delicious (best I could tell from the one bite my husband was willing to share). While the fig and balsamic blues pizza topped with bacon, figs, caramelized onion and blue cheese was good but a little too rich for my tastes.
Overall, Mad Fox is a great place to go grab a quick bite and a beer this busy holiday season. You can even pick up the best gift ever - a growler of beer - for a few friends on your nice list!