Little Red Fox

American
$$$$ ($14 and under)
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"It's a hodgepodge of our favorite things," said D.C. native Matt Carr, 28, owner of Little Red Fox, a market and cafe between Comet Ping Pong and Politics & Prose. Carr went west to Portland to pursue a culinary career and has returned to the area to open the Little Red Fox with his friend and fellow repatriated D.C. native, chef Anne Alfano, 33, who returns from Napa.

Carr and Alfano hope to attract neighbors for a home-cooked meal, whether they dine-in at the Little Red Fox's community table or take it home to their families. They'll offer sandwiches for lunch and a rotating menu of roasted chicken, baked salmon, soups, salads and other dinners that can be packaged to go.

The day will start with breakfasts for busy commuters. The fried egg sandwich marries gorgonzola spread, apple butter and bacon. Coffee comes from Ceremony Roasters, and Alfano plans to make the sausage for the breakfast burrito.

The market will sell house-made goods, like Alfano's apple butter, hot sauce and pickles. There will also be locally sourced dairy, eggs and produce, as well as freshly baked pies (pumpkin, double-crusted apple and pecan), cookies and ice cream sandwiches. For Thanksgiving, it's not too late to order a turkey from the restaurant, sourced from Polyface Farm, famous for its role in the documentary "Food, Inc."

The Little Red Fox will eventually offer wines by the glass and bottle -- including some of Alfano's favorites from Napa and the Pacific Northwest -- as well as seven local beers, including Baltimore's Brewer's Art and Union Craft. Growlers of beer are branded with the restaurant's fox logo.

After the holidays, look for the Little Red Fox to offer supper club-style meals akin to Shaw's Seasonal Pantry. "We've all worked in fine dining establishments, and we'd like to showcase that kind of cooking," said Alfano, who has spent time in the kitchens of Momofuku in New York and Cochon in New Orleans.

The Little Red Fox has been in the works for three years, as the duo pledged to bring the kind of seasonal hybrid cafe-markets they loved on the West Coast to their neighborhood back home. "We're never going to get bored," said Carr.

--Maura Judkis, November 2013