Hubby and I had an unexpected four hour layover in DC and didn't know where to eat. This place had somewhat decent reviews so we decided to give it a shot.
We really wished we hadn't.
To begin with, it's tiny and cramped and laid out in such a way that one can barely get their carry-ons in, and you are forced the put them against the wall behind you if you sit at the bar because there is no space between the stools. Right off the bat, that made us uncomfortable.
I ordered the Firkin burger; it was greasy, but at least edible. If you do go here, spring the extra two bucks for waffle fries: they were the only thing worth a crap that we were served.
Hubby decided to try the fish and chips--it's an English pub, after all. But oh wow, they were nasty. Flat, thin pieces that were dry and just plain gross. Tasted so fishy we questioned whether it had not gone over. We sent that back and he decided to brave the crab cakes. $11 for two silver-dollar-sized cakes with a couple leaves and a smear of remoulade. They were burnt and so spicy as to be almost inedible. The center was gray and just...gross. I wasn't brave enough to try a bite, but hubby said they had a really weird aftertaste.
If you're looking for a beer, maybe stop here, but I absolutely would not eat there. Just...gross.
Really deserves 3.5 stars, as Firkin and Fox is a titch better than most airport restaurants. Just a titch. Since two other reviewers also said they wanted to give an extra half star but Yelp wouldn't allow it, I can bump my rating up to four stars to help even it out. There, the planets are realigned.
I almost ordered the bangers and mash, but something told me I'd need the iron to fortify me for a long flight ahead to SFO, so I got the bunless burger plate. It was actually pretty good! I mean, it tasted like a good-quality beef patty that hadn't been frozen, and was grilled to order. The salad and fixiings were also decent, especially the half avo that topped it. Shocked, titillated, and giddy from that success, I proceeded to order the bread pudding, on the principle that I must be on a winning streak: it was gooey, just rich enough without being gratuitous, and tasty; a nice finish to an otherwise healthy, gluten-free meal. I know, I'm a howling hypocrite -- Â he whole point of the bunless burger was to avoid gluten after all -- Â but unexpected flavorsomeness made me reckless.
The atmosphere was nicely dark and pub-like, but I'm not a beer drinker, so I can't comment on the real reason for The Firkin and Fox's existence. If it helps, though, the place was pleasantly busy for a late Tuesday afternoon, and the many beer-swillers seemed content. A good sign. I forgot to ask if they served their beer authentically room temp or Americanized-chilled.
My servers were nonetheless attentive and pleasant, and it was a half hour well spent before being plied with "snack boxes" and United's excuse for burgers while being held captive for six hours aboard their craft. Never found out what a Firkin is, though....
Had a LONG layover, decided to hide out at the Firkin & Fox. Bad idea. The view out the window was cool, watching airport personel ride bikes throughout the run way areas, but the food was terrible. I had the fish & chips, and could barely finish it. Ugh. Do NOT order fish & chips. Stick with a burger. The beer and fries were the only thing satisfactory.Review Source:
Don't even get me started on the prolonged and frustrating voyage I've had (and it's only half way through) but getting food in my belly was definitely necessary and helpful.
I sat down at the Firkin because it was lush black and red and in the world of airports, anything that isn't beige and neutral blue and sterile is a welcome respite. Plus there wasn't a television blaring or tons of businessmen colonizing the space.
It gets cramped, like every airport restaurant does, but you can sit and look out the window which is nice. The service was too darn attentive - every second they checked in on me, even interrupting me on several occasions while I was obviously deep in work. Thank you but seriously I'M GOOD.
I was satisfied with the Santa Fe salad and its tender spiced chicken and fresh vegetables. They were too liberal with the dressing (which was more like a straight ranch than anything 'southwest') so if you like your salads a little less drenched in cream, get the dressing on the side.
Oh, and besides the attempt at decor and menu items, there is not a thing Brit inspired about this - I guess that's a breath of fresh air from overly-themed restaurants but could also lead one to ask, why do it at all?
After 4 cancelled flights from yesterday at my home airport and today my early morning flight was delayed for 4 hours , we finally made it on our flight heading to sunny San Diego. I was losing hope to some time off.
Our connection was at Dulles international airport and we wanted to sit down for lunch. We decided on the Firkin and Fox. My partner and I ordered Cobb salad and it was delicious. Great big salad with fresh ingredients for $12.00 . Great salad for airport prices. There were chunks of grilled chicken, avocado, fresh greens , tomatoes etc ( see my picture of it). I would definitely come here again. We also ordered hot buffalo chicken wings for appetizer and they were great. Sorry I was hungry and didn't take a picture! My stomach was not thinking about taking a picture at this point in the day when meal time is here. Six pieces of wings deep fried then coated in buffalo sauce. After being lightly coated in sauce, the wings were still crispy. Â It was served with ranch dressing with 2 celery sticks and 2 carrot sticks. You bet I count them due to what my career entails and being a business owner. All in all I would come here again if future connection flights falls at Dulles. Â Until we meet again F& F. Ta! Â Ta!
We ate here after an 11-hour, overnight bus ride from Boston. We were pretty hungry and just went for the first place we could find that was serving breakfast...
The service was eh. The waitress was not very attentive - she was definitely paying more attention to the conversation with her friend than to us.
They don't have Coke, only Pepsi. Boo.
The Santa Fe salad though, was great. It was just what I wanted for brunch.
The Breakfast Wrap was exactly what you'd expect - tasty, but not spectacular. The home fries were pretty good.
We paid $30.17 for 2 meals and 1 OJ. That seems like a lot...
Why 3 stars? Because this is standard airport fare.
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Ok, I lied. This is slightly above standard, but without a .5 star capability, I'm handcuffed to a 3-star rating.
I enjoyed my burger. It was quick, and had a good flavor to it. Nothing else stood out, but whatareyagonnado? It's the airport.
Yes, that's all one word. Look it up. IN A BOOK!
Waiting for my flight out to Vegas, I was excited to see that my gate was close to the Firkin and Fox. I have been to pubs in the Firkin chain and gotten generally good results. And I needed a good beer. So off I went to muscle my way to the typically crowded airport bar.
Beer selection was a bit disappointing - mostly NASCAR beer and brand name national "microbrews" and imports. But they did offer a glimmer of hope with Dominion's Hop Mountain Pale Ale, which turned out to be the best beer I could find at any airport on this vacation. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, my hunger began to betray me and against my better judgement, I ordered some food. I wanted to keep it light and I was suffering from a cold, so I asked what the soup selections were. Again, I should have exercised better judgement and not ordered the New England Clam Chowder. I know better to expect a fresh made chowder, but I've been around restaurants and food service long enough to know that there are some pre-made chowders that are pretty good. (I used to LOVE the clam chowder at Friendly's when I was a kid.)
What I got instead was the most flavorless clam chowder ever. It wasn't even clam chowder ... it tasted like bland cream of potato soup with some clams tossed in at the end haphazardly. It was nearly inedible.
Still, I will throw them 2 stars because other food items (liked the burgers) looked to be a bit better, and the beer was cold and tasty. I'd come here again ... but probably just for a beer.
Not sure what I can say about a restaurant at an airport, aside from the fact that I was fed and therefore wasn't AS angry as I would've been as the brat child sitting behind me kicked my seat.
I had a crab cake sandwich here during a layover, and it was decent, but the service was a little lacking. Not that I expect great service at a place that's as busy as the airport itself, but still...
I had some time at the airport, so I stopped in here to grab a bite. I sat at the bar by myself and ordered a coke and a bunless burger, which was supposed to come with a patty, avocado, and a salad.
My waitress kept my drink filled the whole time, which was pretty awesome. My food came out quickly. The patty was a little smaller and drier than I would have liked, but the avocado was fresh and the salad was good.
Overall, not a bad place to stop in for a bite.
After eating jamon Iberico and tapas for 3 weeks, I just wanted beef but sadly, there aren't any steak restaurants in IAD. Â So, I ordered a roast beef sammie from The Firkin and Fox. Â The sammie came with au jus and fries. Â Honestly, the sammie itself was juicy enough so, I dind't need the au jus. Â
The place was packed. Â I sat on a bar stool and shared a small counter space with others. Â The food was good but nothing special. Â However, the service was terrific! Â The servers and managers were very attentive.
Got stuck at Dulles and had the unfortunate experience of eating here. Truly awful clam chowder, watered down Guinness, and bad service. Wings were not too spicy, but least tasted pretty good (hence the 1 star). They also took the chowder off my bill, which was nice, but this was counteracted by the waitress pouring the backwashed remainder of a beer into the new glass of beer for the patron next to me. What???!!!Review Source:
We had several hours to kill at Dulles International Airport, concourse C, and wanted a place to get away from the crowds and loudness of the airport for a meal.
We decided on Firkin and Fox almost solely because it had booths, and this option looked more comfortable than the stool and table option that pretty much every place else was offering.
After about a 5 minute wait for a booth, we were seated. Â The restaurant itself is fun, comfortable, and the staff is friendly and fairly helpful.
You can expect to find your average sub par English / American type pub fair. Â We ordered the calamari with dipping sauce which was alright. Â I would give it about 4 out of 10 as far as calamari goes. Â I decided on the bun-less burger with avocado. Â This turned out to be a beef patty with half an avocado slide on top of it. Â My girlfriend ordered a chicken sandwich I believe, and it was also sub par with about half an avocado on it as well. Â We left full but not satisfied. Â
We enjoyed their beer selection, and had a good time overall and might return in the future for a beer and an appetizer. Â I can't say much for the meals except that our meals were free (courtesy of United Airlines) which made it a little better.
I've been to Dulles many times, and I believe that the options in Concourse A and B are MUCH, MUCH better than C. Â If you have the time to catch the train to another concourse, do it.
I had a 1 hour layover, and I had to get grub in my stomach. Â I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak and before I knew it, my order was in my face. Â Super fast service. Â The steak and gravy were tasty and satisfying, but the whipped potatoes were obviously made from a box of powdered potatoes, and since there was only enough gravy for the steak, the potatoes were left untouched by me.Review Source:
Firkin and Fox is one of my go-to airport bars. Â Sometimes it is a little crowded for my taste, but during slower hours it is always pleasant sitting by the window and looking at planes. Â Food: standard pub fare, but always served fast. Â Drinks: insanely overpriced, what you would expect from an airport bar.
This is a fun place to watch a sports game - I caught part of a critical world cup match here last year before a flight. Â People were cheering and excited and you almost forget you are in an airport. Â They pointed one of the TVs facing into the terminal so a huge crowd formed to watch. Â Fun!
Good pub fare, TVs and fast service, for an airport bar this place is great.
Airport food, 'nuff said.
I won't disappoint my following... the decor was tasteful, menu had plenty of options, but I can't bring myself to eat bangers and mash at an airport pub.
It gets three stars for the good service and making sure my beer never got too low. Â Tip of the cap for that!
We stumbled off blurry eyed off the plane and right into Firkin & Fox.
I wasn't terribly hungry but my friend had a hankering for breakfast.
FIrkin & Fox kind of got me at the beautiful velvet red seating booths and the English pub flair.
Until 11AM, Firkin & Fox only serves items off their brunch menu.
There are about 7 things to choose from, 2 of which are drinks.
We split a breakfast platter ($10) and an denver omelet ($8?). Both comes with a huge serving of crispy potato hash...very good. I love potato hash! The omelet had too much onion but wasn't bad. The breakfast platter is pretty standard - toast, eggs, sausage.
We splurged on getting Irish coffee (coffee with Irish whiskey and cream). Didn't even finish 20% of it since the coffee was rather weak
The rest of the menu contains standard fare - fish & chips, burgers, salads etc.
Airport bars aren't exactly my favorite dives to hang out in, but when you're going to be flying for hours on end, it doesn't hurt to to primed for the occasion. The Firkin and Fox os probably one o the better bars to go to seating wise, etc compared to the Tidewater. Â I think the prices are a little bit better, but that still doesn't say much.
Never the less....if you must partake....
This is a good place.
*Think of it as a really shrunken down "Fox N Hound" type place
I was here on a layover from MSY to PVD. I wish I had the time to try the food, but let's be honest, I needed to spend the time getting as many drinks down before I boarded my connecting flight. The weather was nasty and I'm not a great flier, don't judge.
The setup of this bar is definitely strange and unlike the dozens of airport bars that I have been to. There were few seats at the bar, and I was stuck in a corner of the bar in an awkward spot. This did not bother me as my dear friend the bartender kept my Yuenglings coming.
As a Bloody Mary lover and nationwide expert on the beverage, the Firkin has one of the best airport bloodies I have ever tasted. Absolutely worth the $9.95. Also, this place seemed cheaper than most airport establishments I have ever been to. I'm going to have to start making sure my layovers have a stop in IAD...what's better than a good bloody and Yuengling? nothing!
Came here during a layover from LAX to SJU. Â It is a pub and one of their specialties is Fish and Chips...very typical. Â Since I don't eat meat fish and chips it was.
Unfortunately, it was suck a slim cut of fish and mostly batter and the outer edges were a bit hard. Â There were two fairly large pieces but I would have preferred one piece with double the thickness of fish.
The service was good though. Â I would give it a 3 star but being that they messed up on a basic item on a pub menu...that's just bad.
This is quite possibly the worst execution I've seen in an airport bar. The space inside is quite small, as most like it are, but the movement of most of the servers was inconsiderate, blind, and erratic. The staff didn't seem to look where they were going, and were constantly bumping into the patrons, with no sorry's or excuse me's.
The bar service took far too long, the drinks were way weak, and the bartender was not inviting to say the least.
Unfortunately, this was the only bar I could find a stool at, so my options were nil.
Next time I'm in Dulles Airport, I pray I'm in a different terminal, so I'm not forced into the Firkin and Fox patronage once again.
Friendly, helpful wait-staff, but the burger -- my first since leaving the United States three months previous -- was not enough to make me miss all the borsch, sour cream, and fried meat I'd been eating in Russia since leaving. Tasteless, fat fries did little to elevate the meal above the point of gastric distress.Review Source:
I saved my receipt to write this review and I will never forget my waitress she was named Mastwal and she was very funny and amazingly good with people. She makes you laugh and have a great time, even when your stuck at the airport for 3 hours because your pilot is not able to be found. Â The service was very quick!
We ordered Nachos with chicken and since there were so many toppings on it we asked the server if we could have every topping separate, in a small cup. She said no problem, and did what we asked. The nachos aren't the best but there were lots of toppings to make it taste good.
Also we had some chicken tenders with fries and the fries were very tasty. Also the chicken was cooked well and it wasn't undercooked like what I was worried about. I mean you don't really expect that you will have good food at an airport. But this place does seem like it beat the odds.
I enjoyed myself very well and had an awesome experience and I wish more servers were that entertaining!
Apparently, I'm the only person who liked this place. After a very long day trying to get from LAX to London, we finally got to Dulles and found ourselves in for a long wait until our flight to LHR. We popped in, wanting to get out of the crowded gate areas and have a nice, normal dinner.
Fully expecting mediocre airport pub food, we were pretty pleased when we bit into our food. I had the avocado bacon burger. Â Being from California, I was expecting avocado slices. Remembering that avocados were like $5 a pop in Virginia, I could understand why there was a small dollop of avocado mush on my burger. That said, the burger was delish. Absolutely charbroiled. You could taste the grill marks on the beef. Yummers. The fries were thick and crunchy. Portions were ginormous.
My friend had the buffalo wings and said they were really good. Neither of us could finish the fries and we're not the type to not finish our fries.
Was nice to feel like we weren't in an airport for a couple of hours. Even better to actually enjoy our meal.
If your flight is running late and you are just looking for some pub grub and a brew before hopping your plane, this place isn't half bad. It can get pretty packed, so if there is a waiting line, you should prob head down the terminal to Gordon Biersch. The eating areas are pretty small, so expect to bump elbows with your neighbors. And, as with any airport restaurant/bar, there will always be that incredibly annoying, incredibly loud a-hole on the phone. The sports bar tvs will never be able to drown out "that guy". And, rather than packing all those people in, it would be nice to have a little space for your luggage.
Food-wise, I've had the bangers and mash (surprisingly missing from the menu when I went in recently) and it was pretty good. The potatoes are extremely bland, so ask for extra butter. Recently I had the wings. Eh, nothing special, but their dill dipping sauce is fantastic.
Their beer is overpriced (just like every other airport restaurant/bar). But, you can upgrade to a large beer for just a buck.
I will probably find myself back here when flying out of this terminal. I wouldn't go out of my way to avoid it. Not my fav, but not bad.
I had a late breakfast in the F&F - I've been in here before a couple of times - for food and ale.
This morning I had the Breakfast Wrap - scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, cheese, guacamole, and salsa, in a wrap, with a side of hash browns.
It was pretty good - I wish they had put more bacon and guacamole in it - and maybe a little less egg. It was more food than I could eat - I left some of the wrap and some of the potatoes (I'm trying to become more self aware about Â eating when I detect certain signs - it's time to stop eating - something I am learning from Weight Watchers).
The place was empty when I first arrived. I was buried in my MacBook Pro - when I looked up when it was time to leave - the place was packed!
My server was attentive and very efficient!
And here I thought I'd nab a first. . . .
Firkin and Fox appears to be the English equivalent of TGIFriday's. Â I should know (<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/vfQoytdUOc70doDUdfL9nA#hrid:nVNCwLhkszh6138_yGRqfQ">http://www.yelp.com/biz/â€¦</a>).
Thank you F&F for saving me from having to walk all the way to Concourse C while I waited for my delayed flight ($#%^!).
I had a greek salad with chicken and was very pleasantly surprised! Â Bummer it comes in a tiny little plastic bowl with no room for digging. Â I was flinging feta and lettuce all over my little 8 inch wide bar. Â Obviously they come premade and then they cook the chicken on site and dump it on top. Â But I was preparing myself for dry, overcooked chicken and wilty greens. Â What I got was deliciously seasoned, moist and tender (and hot!) chicken, and a very yummy salad with an obscene amount of feta and onions. Â Finding a piece of lettuce was a huge triumph - I had to stop myself from crying out "Eureka!" each time it happened. Â Tastewise it was much better than I expected, and for that I was grateful. Â However - you may want to ask for your dressing on the side unless you're in the mood for greek salad soup. Â Or rather, feta and onion and vinaigrette soup.
I'm guessing the staff pool their tips since I had at least four people come by and check on me and bring me things. Â Service was fast and friendly, and the food decent. Â What else can you ask for in airport cuisine?
This was, after getting motion sick, missing my flight, and spending about 10 hours in the Dulles airport, where I finally decided maybe I could hold some food down.
I ordered the vegetable spring rolls. Â Most everyone around me was drinking, and their drinks seemed fancy and good pickin's for airport booze. Â The spring rolls were really good, and I could keep them down, so thanks for that. Â I could only eat half, and a couple hours later, I was sad and wished I could go back and ask for the other half.
In an interesting note, this is marketed and styled as a British pub, with Firkin being a British word for volume measurement, typically a quarter barrel of beer. Â Ironically, this airport "pub" was entirely staffed by Asian women. Â They were great servers though, and kept the water coming, which I so desperately needed.