Vegetarian Restaurant Review: Mad Fox Brewery
- Veg Friendly: Good
- Menu: At least one or two strong choices in each category
- Cuisine: Micro-brewhouse food, with a bit of sophistication
- Service: Family friendly
Micro-brewery’s have been all the rage the past two decades, but the mark of a successful brewery is one that is able to attract patrons by matching the quality of beer with the quality of food, and Mad Fox Brewery does just that. Growing up in Alexandria, Capitol City Brewing company was a landmark. Everyone knew a person who worked there at some point, and the ease of outdoor seating and yummy pretzels made it a popular spot during the college and post-college years. Once we moved within walking distance, we continued to visit, but we became unsatisfied with the changing menu items. They were limited, lower quality, and rid of the solid vegetarian options. Moving to Falls Church has opened up so many more vegetarian restaurant options for us, such as Sunflower, Loving Hut, and the myriad of Asian restaurants which provide numerous vegetarian options. It is possible that these restaurants help facilitate a trend in the amount of vegetarian options on the menu in Falls Church restaurants, but I am not sure. Whatever the reason, Mad Fox Brewery is a perfect example of a restaurant providing meal options for many different types of eaters. In fact, their website advertises themselves as veg friendly “Mad Fox features a chef-driven, seasonal menu and frequent specials including pizza, panini, salads and vegetarian friendly foods; fresh, locally grown seasonal produce, cheeses and other ingredients” Imagine that, a non-vegetarian restaurant advertising themselves as veg! Run by a brewer formally associated with Capital City Brewing Company, Bill Madden, Mad Fox borrows some of the ideas that work in Cap City, but improves upon the cuisine and atmosphere. While the new menu at Cap City is schizophrenic and no longer veg friendly, Mad Fox has many tasty options.
Mad Fox is nice enough for a date, but also casual enough that families can feel comfortable. The hostess usually does a good job of seating the families on one side of the restaurants and adults in the bar section, so if your toddler decides to throw food onto the concrete floor, your neighbor gives you a sympathetic smile, instead of the look of horror that parents fear. We have had the pleasure of sitting both with our daughter and alone on dates, and have found it to be a wonderful place. On the menu, I have enjoyed the Vegetable Wellington, the Veg Sandwich, the Grilled Cheese Panini, the Black Bean Burger, the hummus, etc. These dishes are not afterthoughts, but really delicious. Each of these meals are filling and tasty, and go perfectly with their craft brews. This really is a wonderful place to meet friends or enjoy a delicious quick meal when you just can’t get your act together to make dinner. Additionally, their brunch items are creative and very veg friendly. Better yet, it is a restaurant that buys local, thinks responsibly, and creates community events. Mad Fox is precisely the restaurant/brewery people crave to have in their community, and lucky us, it is within walking distance.