Founding Farmers – Washington, DC [Review]

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I try to visit my company‘s DC office as often as possible – the people are wonderful (Sandy, Dee, Hillary) and Washington, DC offers a nice change of pace from New York City. Each time I visit, we tend to have a nice, relaxed business lunch to catch up, and of course, to eat well.

On this past visit, a few weeks back, we set our hungry eyes on Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW). After finishing our meal, my first thought was, “I’m not sure that I’ve ever felt this full . . . ever.”

Such a great restaurant — from the decor to the food on the plate; everything is made to feel very homey. We started with an appetizer of the fried green tomatoes, which are served with this great avocado sauce and goat cheese spread, and an appetizer of cornbread, which is served with a really savory honey butter in a cast-iron skillet. Corn bread with chunks of real sweet corn? Delicious.

For the main course, we all ordered fairly different dishes. I had the roasted vegetable tartine, but I substituted the avocado spread for goat cheese. It was served with a delicious tomato soup. The dish was really well-assembled, but I maybe would have wished that the tartine was served warm. The other dishes ordered were a scallop risotto dish that looked delicious, the shrimp cobb salad, the chicken and quinoa dish, as well as the 17 vegetable salad. The salads both looked great, the shrimp salad was bigger, and the chicken dish was also bigger than I would have guessed. The service was impeccable – really friendly and attentive, and most importantly, really well educated on the ingredients in every dish. I would happily return to Founding Farmers, with friends or with colleagues.

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