Founding Farmers (Revisited) – Foggy Bottom

When I found out that my friend Kelsey, who goes to school in the greater-DC area, had never been to Founding Farmers, I insisted we go there for brunch when she visited me. We went on a weekend morning and made a reservation, which let us skip the long wait.


Expect an incredibly long wait if you don’t have a reservation for the weekend brunch rush!

I was contemplating getting my beloved Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast, but I decided to get something (kinda) new. I went with the Bananas Foster Waffles ($8) . It turned out that the “waffles” were just one waffle, which was plenty filling, but a bit deceiving. The bananas foster topping consisted of caramel, bananas and cinnamon. It was tasty all together, but the actual waffle itself wasn’t too special.

Bananas Foster Waffles

Bananas Foster Waffles

Kelsey got the Red Velvet Pancakes ($8). What exactly is red velvet supposed to be? Usually it’s just red-colored chocolate cake. These, however, weren’t chocolate pancakes. They really didn’t have a distinct flavor and all but the top pancake were burnt, affecting the taste. The pancakes were topped with a cream cheese butter, which was yummy, but there should have been more!

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

She also got coffee, which she said was “average to slightly better than average.” She says it wasn’t “smooth” enough. I’m not a coffee drinker, so you’ll just have to take her word for it!



I’m sad Kelsey’s first visit to Founding Farmers didn’t live up to my hype, but she’s willing to come back.

We actually figured out the best formula for enjoying brunch at Founding Farmers. Because it’s difficult to choose between a sweet and a savory meal, the best thing for two people to do is to just split one of each. That was you have both and don’t leave with a stomachache from too much food!



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