The Fox Den
When Polish Pierogi, Portuguese Fried Rice, inventively delicious Grilled Cheese, and slow smoked Pulled Pork are all served under one roof, you’ve entered The Fox Den.
Located on Main Street in Woburn, The Fox Den is a lively local spot filled with warm woods and lots of fun fox décor. It’s the kind of neighborhood place where customers feel like part of the family, thanks to the welcoming vibe created by the Dziki family.
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “When you come into The Fox Den, we want you to have a warm, welcoming, inviting experience, where you can come down and have some really good comfort food and a nice drink and some really good local craft beer.”
That’s Julie Dziki, who along with her husband Adam, and Adam’s brother Ryan, have created a restaurant that pays homage to the comfort foods their families grew up eating.
Adam Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “Our backgrounds are generally Polish and Portuguese. There’s a lot of commonality between the two, a lot of comfort food with like root vegetables, smoked meats. The Portuguese side being a bit more seafoody, and the Polish side having pierogi as sort of our main sort of introduction to Polish cuisine.”
In fact, the foundation of The Fox Den is built on pierogi, which the family first began serving during pop up sales at local breweries.
Adam Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “We didn’t have a food truck, we had a food van. So we sort of would roll up to a brewery and cook pierogi to order. So we did that for five years leading up to this, we sort of built up our brand.”
Of course when you come to The Fox Den, a plate of pierogi is a must, because these perfect Polish dumplings are made from scratch every step of the way.
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “We hand make the dough, we hand make all the fillings, we stuff them ourselves. We also want our pierogi to be a lot bigger. Packed full of flavor, packed full of filling, we really wanted to focus on the filling.”
While the menu offers a bunch of creative fillings, pierogi purists are apt to order The Classic.
Adam Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “The classic is very approachable. It’s going to have scallions, cheddar cheese, sour cream and potato in it.”
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “And I think if you’ve never had a pierogi before, this is what you start with. It’s the most traditional one we do.”
When it comes to non-traditional options, there’s the Samosa pierogi, stuffed with peas, carrots, onions, and yellow curry. Or the ultra popular Buffalo Chicken pierogi.
Ryan Dziki – Chef/Owner, The Fox Den: “It’s exactly how it sounds. It is Buffalo Chicken mixed with potato, inside of a pierogi. And the filling itself tastes delicious. Put it on the menu when we first opened the restaurant, and it’s been very hard to take it off because people scream about it.”
But no pierogi here melds this family’s heritage more than the Little Portugal, filled with potato, linguica, chorizo, onion, and kale.
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “We have a Portuguese pierogi because I’m half Polish and half Portuguese. And so again, this is a really good way for us to show that you can put anything in a pierogi just about. Why not, you know what I mean. If it’s gonna taste good, we’ll do it.”
There are plenty more great options coming out of The Fox Den kitchen. Including appetizers like Smoked Chicken Wings tossed in spicy piri piri sauce, and the sinfully delicious Devils on Horseback.
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “Devils on Horseback are herbed goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon with chili sauce on them. They’re little bites of heaven as far as I’m concerned. Forget the devil part. They’re nice and sweet and a little bit savory at the same time, and perfect start to any meal honestly.”
If you’re in the mood for pizza, these ten-inch pies are perfect. Whether you go for the Linguica Hot Honey with peppers and onions, or “The Classic”, putting the same flavors of their Classic Pierogi onto a pizza.
Ryan Dziki – Chef/Owner, The Fox Den: “I throw scallions and potato on with a white sauce and cheddar cheese. And I bake that off and then when I take it off, I pipe sour cream on as little dots. So they get a bite of it, they get the creamy potato that just melts in with the cheese with the white sauce that I have, and then the scallion kind of adds a little bit of bite. It’s a little chilling. It’s a little creamy. It’s a change of texture, change of flavor. So it’s a really good pizza.”
For a really good sandwich, there’s housemade smoked pulled pork with pickled shallot and melted Monterey jack on a brioche bun, and an amped up grilled cheese they call the Polska Panini.
Adam Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “The Polska Panini is basically packed with all the flavors of Poland. So it’s got kielbasa, it’s got sauerkraut, it’s got some nice cheddar cheese on there, peppers and onions. So it really hits all of the like Polish erogenous zones for flavor.”
And best of all, it comes with both gooey melted cheese and golden crispy cheese.
Ryan Dziki – Chef/Owner, The Fox Den: “What we do is we put the two pieces of bread next to each other. And then we put cheese all over it. And then it has cheese that goes in between as well. And I call that the cheese bridge. And so when we fold it over, it has a nice crispy line of cheese on the bottom part of the grilled cheese as well.”
Rounding out the menu here are some big bowls of comfort food, like vibrantly orange Portuguese Fried Rice studded with linguica, and creamy, pillowy Mac and Cheese featuring pasta made from pierogi dough.
Ryan Dziki – Chef/Owner, The Fox Den: “It’s soft, it’s flavorful. Our dough has a lot of sour cream in it, so it adds a lot of tanginess as well. Something that you wouldn’t normally get with another pasta.”
To finish your meal there’s New York style cheesecake that you can upgrade with Bourbon Caramel or Cherry-Rhubarb Sauce, or Portuguese fried dough balls known as Malasadas.
Ryan Dziki – Chef/Owner, The Fox Den: “When it’s straight out of the fryer, tossed in sugar, sent out, you take a bite in there, you get that nice crisp crust on the outside, and then you get that perfectly doughy donut filling on the inside.”
And from Portuguese fried dough to Polish pierogi, and all the mouthwatering mashups in between, a meal at The Fox Den promises to be deliciously unique.
Julie Dziki – Owner, The Fox Den: “You’re not going to find anything like this anywhere. There’s not a lot of places that serve this type of food, you’re not going to ever find this mashup. You also are going to have a really good experience when you come here. I want to make sure you’re well fed, I want to make sure you have a really good experience, and that you start to love this food that we love.”