Falls Church Dinnanigans (Pt. 1)
Yep… Slacker me has gotten a post up!. :p
After a long day helping to run a leadership conference and academic tournament at George Mason University, we went out to dinner. At first we wanted to try a place Kechara had seen on Triple D: La Caraqueña. It turned out we needed a reservation (We had dinner there the next day, which will be in part 2). We walked about a block or two, and happened upon a gastropub, Mad Fox Brewing Company. Unfortunately for us, it was busy at the time; a long wait for our large-ish party was pretty much guaranteed (the quoted wait time was indeed long). Our merry band was hungry, so we moved on to another restaurant and pledged to reconvene at the brewery for dinner and dessert.
Across the plaza from Mad Fox, was a Japanese restaurant called Koi Koi. It wasn’t nearly as busy, and the food there was tasty.
I’m a sucker for udon noodles, so I ordered a big bowl of udon soup with beef. My soup was likely in a miso base and laced with seaweed, mushroom, and scallion. It was a little sweet, but I ate it all up (as you will see in a later shot).
Did you save room? Dessert pictures after the jump.
Mad Fox offers a sampler of their beers; great if you want to try as many as you can without becoming irresponsible (four four-ounce samples in the flight). I went for (what I hoped) to be a more malty flight, pictured below:
The Wee Heavy, a Scotch Strong beer, was my favorite. It was full of malty goodness and sweet. The higher alcohol content was conducive to sipping; just what you want if you want to savor your dessert (beer)! As for (most of) the rest: The stout drank like coffee, while I felt the elixer was light and a little sweet.
…And now, the more “traditional” desserts (Hey, beer and pork belly can be dessert!).
I and many of my companions had a bit of this dessert: a fruit streusel atop pizza dough…
I liked the fruit and streusel; Mad Fox’s commitment to fresh ingredients shone here. I wish it wasn’t on such a dense dough crust; I’d think phyllo dough or puff pastry would suit it better (maybe even thin crust?).
We were told by the (very friendly) waitress that the Chocolate and Caramel Tart was small, but really rich. I’d definitely believe her on that count. I would have gone for this if I wasn’t planning on sticking to just my beer sample flight.
We, like many patrons and staff of the gastropub that night, watched the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals (Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot of any of that).