I will admit, I don't usually lose my ish over the opening of a drive-through. But when the drive-through in question is serving up the most delicious, hot, fluffy biscuits and perfectly brined fried chicken? Yep, ish officially lost!
After two years of pop-up spaces, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will open their first sit-down restaurant in Ivy City on Saturday April 15 at 9 a.m., making it the first non-chain drive-through restaurant in the city. Chef/owner Jason Gehring is able to increase his menu offerings from the breakfast sandwiches previously served at his Union Market stall to a full morning and afternoon menu; he has everything from sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches with a side of hash brows or cheddar cheese grits, to buttermilk-brined organic fried chicken with a side of mac & cheese or creole-spiced rice, braised beef and cheddar sandwiches and fried chicken cordon bleu (see the full menu offerings below). The calorie conscious can also snag a Cobb or garden salad. Whatever you order, I'd highly recommend ordering an extra biscuit and smothering it with the seasonal jam, which is housemade and sugared to taste, making it delightfully fresh and fruit-forward.
Local ice creamery Milk Cult has partnered with Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. to provide a menu of "Cultshakes" (strawberry, vanilla or chocolate) or soft-serve scoops of Milk Cult ice cream (strawberry buttermilk, G.O.O.G vanilla, Dutch masters chocolate and coconut-lime). For dessert, you can also enjoy deep-fried hand pies with buttermilk biscuit dough and either berry jam or apple pie filling.
The 32-seat restaurant has a definite throwback vibe channeling the 1950's drive-thru dining culture, with neon menu colors and a retro interior design.
To kick off the "Grand Opening" weekend, the first 100 customers will win one free breakfast sandwich every day for 90 days, and guests can also receive 20 percent off their Lyft ride to or from Mason Dixie using code "MDBC." On Easter Sunday, kids can participate in a Easter Egg hunt to collect toy-filled eggs. And for the adults, some of those eggs will be filled with vouchers for things like a free coffee, 10 percent off your purchase or a free order.
The only downside here is that Mason Dixie's first brick and mortar location is not metro accessible -- you'll have to plan your trip by car, bike or bus! But if you need to drown your sorrows in a biscuit over Tax Day woes, or you just really, really want a chance at free biscuits for 90 days, we know you'll find a way :)
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (drive through too) and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (drive through closed on weekends); they are closed on Mondays. They are located at 2301 Bladensburg Road NE.