Words by Kaylee Dugan
Photos by Armando Gallardo
There’s a block of Bladensburg Road that has just become the most efficient corridor in D.C. At least, if you have a car. Usually, driving through D.C. is a hindrance. I own a car in this city and I use every excuse in the book not to drive it. When the Metro and the bus and Lyft and taxis exist, why spend the time stressing out about gas and parking spots when you can take that out of the equation entirely?
This Saturday, that changes. Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is unveiling their brand new drive thru, which will sell biscuits, fried chicken, and breakfast sandwiches to the masses. Sure, there’s a cute indoor eating area if you don’t have a set of wheels, but you’re going to want a car for this… because right on the same block is a drive thru liquor store. According to Google Maps, Syd’s has all the Budweiser you could ever need, among other things. This is the summer you want a car in D.C. Swing by Syd’s, grab all the patio pounder beers you can and then finish your errands off by grabbing a bucket of chicken and some biscuits.
And when it comes to ordering food at Mason Dixie, that’s what I would recommend. The breakfast sandwiches are absolutely fine, with the sausage being the stand out among all of them, but if you want to have the best possible time, skip the sandwiches and just grab yourself a big old bucket. The fried chicken was equal parts crispy and moist, exactly what we’re looking for when we’re ordering chicken. They worked well with Mason Dixie’s signature biscuits and we enjoyed making different flavor combinations with both the savory and sweet spreads.
When it comes to side, the mac and cheese exceeded expectations. It wasn’t the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had, but it was everything I was looking for in a side, it added variation to the meal without taking away from the main contenders. Unfortunately the cheese grits were not as enjoyable. They had little flavor and the consistency was almost gluey. Hopefully that will change over time.
On the other hand, the Milk Cult milkshakes knocked it out of the park. All the flavors were delicious, but the chocolate was truly amazing. It was rich and thick and decadent, without feeling over the top. It’s like your favorite McDonalds milkshake grew up and became good.
We also had the chance to try the Cobb salad. Don’t order the Cobb salad. It’s not bad, but you’re at a goddam fried chicken drive thru. Get your shit together and order a bucket of fried chicken.
Mason Dixie will also be selling Milk Cult ice cream sandwiches and frozen biscuits, just in case you’d rather have them hot out of your own oven.
As ridiculous as it seemed, Mason Dixie’s drive thru is a welcome addition to D.C.’s dining scene. Especially when it’s that close to a liquor store.
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is located at 2301 Bladensburg Rd NE. They’re open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.