Washington, D.C.: Founding Farmers

Comfort food. I could end this post right there. Founding Farmers, in the heart of Washington, D.C., has mastered the art of comfort food! There’s nothing like mama’s home-cooking in the middle of a busy city, and the crowds are there to prove it. America’s history hasn’t only influenced the clever name, but the down-to-earth menu, as well.

If you’re a local U.S. capital native, you know that Founding Farmers is one of the most popular joints in the city. Ask any visitor and they’ll say the same. The owners have a family of restaurants, but this was their very first. Placing great importance on the values of the American farmer and the need to support local lands and the community, the restaurant is owned and supplied by over 47,000 family farms. With such a quality ingredient induced, diverse menu, there’s an option for all hungry eaters alike. Whatever your choice is, you can’t go wrong, trust me.

What I love most about the restaurant, besides the food of course, is the atmosphere. It’s so incredibly fun-loving, natural, and warm. The beautiful artwork and cute sculptures of farm animals celebrate the farming vibes and local focus. The food matches the feel and the people are there to enjoy; it’s simply genuine. I lived in D.C. for five months and I kid you not, I went here multiple times per month. The joy I felt there was as crave-worthy as the food!

Brunch/Breakfast Menu Favorites:

  • Shared Plates:
    • Uncle Buck’s Beignets – when the waiter comes to your table with a bag full of warm, steamy beignets and a plate of homemade dipping sauces? You don’t ask questions. You just start eating.
    • Peanut Butter Banana Toast – it’s your grandma’s bread and peanut butter toast taken to a next level (sorry grandma). Topped with a bit of marshmallow creme and chocolate pearls, this plate is probably something you’ll want all to yourself.
  • Main Plates:
    • Goat Cheese and Beet Poached Egg Hashes
    • Stuffed french toast – not your typical slice of bread
    • Founding Farmers Breakfast – a plate of the basics: farm fresh eggs, choice of meat, and homemade bread

Dinner/Lunch Menu Favorites:

  • Appetizer: Skillet Cornbread – yep, it comes in a skillet with a side of sea salted honey butter
  • Entrees:
    • Chicken pot pie – mmmm hello. Picture an inside-out pot pie: a homemade biscuit in the midst of chicken pot pie filling. Yep.
    • Chicken and waffles – with a side of their famous green beans and homemade mac and cheese. Because come on, you can’t have comfort food without mac and cheese – and this mac and cheese isn’t one to miss.

Genuine, down-to-earth American comfort food = Founding Farmers. Go for the family, go for the good joy, go for the food. You’ll be happy you did! Make sure to head on over to their other sister restaurants as well (Fishers, Farmers, and Bakers in Georgetown is so tasty too!) I’ll be back as soon as I land in D.C., thanks FF!

Founding Farmers  ( 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC  //  202.822.8783 )

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