The team behind Chevy Chase eatery Little Red Fox is close to opening its new Brookland taqueria, Fox Loves Taco.
With just weeks to go before its all-day tacos become a thing along the pedestrian-friendly Arts Walk, co-founder Matt Carr is previewing core menu items July 20 at the Third Thursday event (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and intends to tease out others during appearances on Saturday, July 29, and Saturday, August 5 at the Brookland farmers market (held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays).
Tonight’s offerings include a cauliflower-chorizo taco with salsa verde, and a new grilled pineapple-jalapeno duo that his baker thought up, as well as horchata, and Ethiopian cold brew.
He expects to open the new restaurant, which is replacing the Filter Coffee shop that previously shared space with The Bike Rack, by mid-August.
Carr tells Eater the renovation is ongoing; He’s waiting for a counter top to be installed, and will be painting a mural on Friday, July 21. The most significant changes include converting a former storage area into a kitchen, and creating more room for dine-in customers. “We’re adding a lot of seating,” he says. Carr also wants to build an herb garden on the patio.
The restaurant is expected to serve eight tacos. One of the four breakfast-themed creations is a migas taco featuring tortilla strips, hominy, cheddar, scrambled egg, radish, and Little Red Fox’s signature hot sauce. Four vegetarian tacos will rotate seasonally. Carr also plans to feature pastries from Little Red Fox.
According to Carr, all the flour tortillas will be made in-house from grain milled in North Carolina, whereas corn tortillas will be supplied by local producer Moctec Mexican Products. And there will be a tortilla making station in public view. “It’s fun to watch,” he says.
The anticipated hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week, though Carr suggests that may change based on demand. “We’ll feel out the neighborhood,” he says.