Mad Rose Tavern

Written by on July 12, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: We moved to the area, one mile away, walked by on numerous occasions and couldn’t help but notice the hoards of beautiful people drinking in the outdoor patio. Then, I came across a Facebook advertisement that they were giving away free appetizers on Thursday the 12th, and I was in!

Type of cuisine: “We invite you to experience our pub inspired fare, extensive beer selection and impressive libations.”

Ambiance: “In the heart of Clarendon’s bustling city scene, Mad Rose Tavern is poised to become the neighborhood hot spot. Situated on the corner of Washington and Clarendon Blvd, only steps from the Metro, the restaurant boasts an expansive outdoor patio, trendy lounge and contemporary dining area.” Indoors, the dark space, though loud with music and ever-increasing volume of voices, feels warm and inviting. Three black, leather sofas at the front, immediately to the right as one enters, are situated around a coffee table to create a true homey vibe. A smattering of tables and chairs are found throughout the perimeter of the interior space, where, overhead, hanging light shades create a gold glow. A couple of televisions, minimalist lighting on the orange and yellow walls and a long hallway, leading into the dark unknown, welcome us into the establishment.

What I ordered: We were here for free appetizers (our choice of one, each: cheese fries, nachos or chicken wings) and were tempted by the menu. Crystal selected the Shrimp Ceviche ($9): shrimp marinated in lemon, lime juice, tossed with fresh tomato sweet peppers, cilantro, avocado mousse, served on Belgian endive, and a small bottle of sparkling water ($3). I ended up with the free appetizers (shoestring fries with melted American cheese and BBQ chicken wings) but we shared and thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu time together.

Mad Rose Tavern

What I loved: The ceviche was the most fresh, with a light taste of summer goodness, the BBQ sauce abundant on our chicken wings, and the shoestring fries flavorful and crispy!

Why I loved it: Free!

Cost: High ($8-$17 per Bar Menu – appetizer – selection)

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