Food & Drink

40 drafts in a downtown saloon

Maddy's Taproom -- weirdly, from same people behind Maddy's Bar & Grille in Dupont -- describes its food as "Texican", so, major points for creativity! And also hopefully, you know, good food.Amidst hanging peppers, reclaimed German pine, whiskey barrels, and wrought iron fans set on a pulley system, said cuisine ditches the burritos and hot plates for comfort like slow-cooked El Paso brisket w/ mesquite potato salad, crock pot chicken criolla, and tomatillo relish-covered Cowboy rib eye, which any Redskins fan would like to destroy on a Sunday. Oh right, and it's a taproom, so there're 40 of those things, with locals (from Flying Dog Pearl Necklace, to Starr Hill Northern Lights) next to out-of-towners like Abita's Andygator Doppelbock, and a British-style IPA from Firestone Walker called Union Jack, too much of which will leave your enthusiasm for everything else flagging.There're also booze-soaked bar bites like ancho-bourbon-pineapple BBQ pork ribs and chicken taquitos in a guajillo beer sauce, in case you're just popping in for happy hour and don't want to get creative and order anything major.