Last month, I was the first to report that the Airedale, a European beer garden and gastropub, was coming to the Mad Momo's space at 3605 14th Street NW, near Spring Road. They were aiming at August and planned to have three outdoor spaces, beer and prosecco on draft, and gastropub cuisine. A few days ago I heard more from the owners. Soccer fans, cocktail aficionados and European food lovers rejoice.
Co-owner Ben Jordan is partnering with Baback Salimi, who used to be at the Quarry House in Silver Spring (a great bar owned by the same folks who own El Chucho and its coming Italian counterpart, Little Coco's.)
The Airedale will have dinner and brunch as well as lots of soccer: the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the Champions League. Here's a bit more about the spot, plus a sample menu, which has a lot of German wursts, French sandwiches, and fish and chips, plus poutine and deviled eggs. It sounds pretty amazing.
Our bar program includes prosecco based cocktails, European classics like the Aperol spritz, French 75 and the Pimm's Royal Cup as well as our own creations. The selection of spirits will be quite whiskey-forward with ryes and bourbons being well represented at all price points. We also plan on serving an Old Overholt soft serve, each serving containing a full shot of rye. We will offer an entire range of classic, handmade cocktails as well. There will be 15 beers on tap and we will make our own Radler (don't worry we'll have Stiegl too).
The menu is classic European bar and cafe food served a la carte. The focus is on authentic, accessible pub and bar food from across Europe with one or two local favorites added as well.
We will be open for brunch at on Saturday and Sunday and will broadcast English Premier League, Bundeslliga and Champion's League football weekly.The hours on their website are Tues-Thurs 4PM-1AM / Fri 4PM-2AM / Sat 10AM-2AM / Sun 10AM-12AM / Happy Hour Tues-Fri 4-7PM.
Our website is www.airedaledc.com.
And the possible menu. Man, it sounds so good.
Bratwurst / Schwienewurst / Half Smokes - roquette salad / kraut / pretzel bread
Currywurst - w/frites
Schnitzel - fried pork schnitzel / roquette salad / lemon
Steak Frites - w/roquette salad
Fish and chips – beer batter / house made tartar sauce
Royale with Cheese - 1/4lb hamburger/ brioche bun / emmental / aioli
Croque Monsieur/Madame - béchamel / gruyere cheese / French ham (madame + fried egg)
Monte Cristo - deep fried croque monsieur / powdered sugar / preserves
Mitraillette - bratwurst, half smoke or schwienewurst / frites / hamburger / mayonnaise+ ketchup / demi baguette
Strammer Max – ham / house made pickles / tomato / fried egg / served open faced
Deviled eggs - applewood smoked bacon / prosciutto / chives
Charcuterie - Rotating selection of meats and cheeses
Brunch Menu: (10am to 3pm weekends)
Croque Monsiuer - béchamel / gruyere cheese/ French ham/ choice of breakfast potatoes or roquette salad
Croque Madame - sunny side up egg / béchamel/ gruyere cheese/ French ham/ choice of breakfast
potatoes or roquette salad
Marscapone stuffed French toast - seasonal fruit compote / maple syrup
Buttermilk Banana Pancakes – bananas / cinnamon whipped cream
Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes - honey ricotta / blueberries
Wild Mushroom Fried Benedict - mixed mushrooms / spinach / roasted red peppers / chipotle hollandaise sauce / choice of breakfast potatoes or roquette salad. Add prosciutto 1.50
Crab Cake Fried Benedict - lump crabmeat / chipotle hollandaise sauce / choice of breakfast potatoes
or roquette salad
Frittata of the day - Chefs choice, changes weekly
Breakfast Deviled Eggs - applewood smoked bacon / prosciutto / chives
2 eggs – scrambled / sunny side up / over-easy/ over medium / over hard / 2 fennel sausage patties / 4 pieces apple wood smoked bacon / 2 pieces whole grain toast