Well Dined

2Jun/140

Matchbox Merrifield

So, I'm kind of obsessed with the new shopping area called Mosaic District,  I spend a lot of time there.  It has a lot of restaurants, but not many of them are sit-down type places.  Of the few that are there, I like Matchbox the best.  The food is good, the drinks are decent, and it's right next to the movie theater.  For these reasons, it tends to always be crowded.  But don't let availability on Open Table fool you - every single time it has claimed to have no reservations, we have walked in and been seated in less than 15 minutes.  It's billed as a pizza joint, but more than half the menu is other types of food.  I'd say it's pretty comparable to Chef Geoff's, but in a better location.

One thing that is pretty cool is that they have wines on tap, so you can order by the glass pretty easily.  But what's even cooler is a deal with Swirl and Sip where if you buy a bottle of wine from them, Matchbox will waive the corkage fee!

Well Dined | Matchbox

This is one of my favorite pizzas - the prosciutto and black mission fig with black pepper, arugula, and honey.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

Another favorite (for Jasper, as well) is the chicken pesto pizza.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

This is the crab and avocado salad with roasted corn and tarragon aioli.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

Crabcake sandwich with roasted red pepper remoulade - pretty good.  The toasted brioche bun is nice and buttery.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

This was an off-the-menu special - fried tilapia sandwich with old bay aioli, yum!

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

Crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk dressing on toasted brioche, and collard greens.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

We've only been in for brunch one time, but it was pretty good.  These cast iron baked cinnamon rolls were yummy, but a little undercooked.  They are also smaller than they look, which is a good thing.  The two of us ate all of them and still had room for our entrees.

Well Dined | Matchbox

 

This is the bloody mary burger with fried egg, bacon, bloody mary mayo, and cheddar.  It was sloppy and delicious.  These flavored mayos/aiolis are kind of a theme here, and I LOVE it.  Put aioli on anything, and I will eat it.

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