Founding Farmers gets a lot of hype. It’s located on GW’s campus, so it’s the place to take your parents when they’re in town. It’s also only three blocks away from the White House. The people in suits from the IMF and World Bank next door frequent Founding Farmers for breakfast and happy hour. I’ve been here for dinner once and I really wasn’t blown away, probably because I had very high expectations and my fish and chips weren’t anything special. Their breakfast offerings, however, are great!
Whenever I go out for breakfast or brunch, I always have the same dilemma: should I get something savory or sweet? Sweet wins most of the time.
Bananas Foster French Toast
I’ve gotten breakfast at Founding Farmers three times, and every time I’ve gotten the Bananas Foster French Toast ($10)because it’s so good! What you get is three pieces of French toast stuffed with a custard filling, topped with caramelized bananas and served on a puddle of caramel. This dish is so decadent that it’s hard to believe that it’s an entree and not a dessert. My friend said it tasted like Boston creme doughnuts because it’s essentially fried dough with that type of filling. Yum.
The sweet breakfast items at Founding Farmers are relatively cheap for DC and this specific restaurant.They range from $7-$10 and offer highlights such as Iron-Pressed Farmhouse Waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream and Red Velvet Buttermilk Pancakes.
Drag Through the Garden
I also sampled a savory dish, the “Drag Through the Garden” ($10) and it was equally delicious. The dish consisted of egg whites scrambled with spinach, carrots and other vegetables. The side offerings included shredded leek hash browns, grits, Farmers salad, fruit or tomatoes. It also came with toast and strawberry preserves. The eggs were very tasty. What amazed me was how incredibly delicious the strawberry jam was. It was sweet, but not overly so. I probably could have eaten it plain with a spoon. The consistency was syrupy, which made it perfect for putting on my French toast.
The restaurant is owned by a collective of American farming families so Founding Farmers promotes knowing where your food comes from. The decor is inspired by a farmhouse. Its rusticated wood paneled walls, community tables and jars of fruits and vegetables on display transport you from the heart of DC to rural Pennsylvania.
According to OpenTable, Founding Farmers is the most reserved restaurant in DC, which shows you how popular it is. I would recommend making a reservation if you want to dine there. You can usually get a table on weekday mornings without a problem, but there is no chance of walking in and getting seated for brunch on the weekends. It’s also popular for dinner, so make a reservation!
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Nearest Metro: Farragut West (blue and orange lines)
Breakfast: Mon – Fri, 7am – 11am
Lunch and Dinner: Mon, 11am – 10pm Tu – Th, 11am – 11pm
Fri, 11am – 12am Sat, 2pm – 12am
Sun, 2pm – 10pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun, 9am – 2pm
(also available on every holiday Monday)