First Bake: Georgetown Brunch on a Dunkin’ Donuts Budget
A friend recently told me about First Bake at Farmers Fishers Bakers. It’s basically the restaurant’s breakfast, which is served cafe-style weekday mornings. The best part is that the most expensive thing on the menu is $4!!!!! Basically, it’s a Farmers Fishers Bakers meal at a Dunkin’ Donuts price point.
First Bake is basically a casual breakfast that FFB offers while they are making their morning preparations for the day. Guests seat themselves at the big, communal tables in the Larder (a.k.a. pantry). The walls of the Larder are lined with shelves filled with jars, some empty, and some filled with various pickles and preserves.
Guests place their order at the cash register adjacent to the seating area. When the food is ready, it will be placed on the counter (seen below) and guests pick up their food.
For my meal, I initially ordered Birds in a Nest ($2.50) and White Earl Grey Tea ($1.75). The tea was simply delicious and served in a cute blue pot. The Birds in a Nest was a thick slice of toasted Chili Cheese Bread with a poached egg placed inside a hole in the bread. I had never had anything like this before, so I thought it was pretty unique, and the price was fantastic! The bread was very interesting and spicy… occasionally too spicy for me, who doesn’t enjoy hot flavors. The dish was great, but it would have been better if there were two poached eggs instead of just one in the center, because the proportion is just off.
I quickly learned that ordering just one food item was not enough, so I also got FFB Donuts ($1.50), which was an order of three beignets that FFB and its sister restaurant, Founding Farmers, are known for. Beignets are puffs of dough covered in sprinkled sugar. I had to wait 15 minutes for FFB to make my beignets, but they were worth the wait. The beignets were hot and crispy and soft at the same time. They were delicious!!
My friend Sophie said the Breakfast Taco with Applewood Smoked Bacon ($3.50) was awesome and that the cilantro added a nice touch.
The taco was quite small, so she also got the Chocolate Cherry Baker’s Toast with Dulce de Leche Butter ($2.50). It sounded amazing. Sophie described it as “scrumdiddlyumptious.” She said it wasn’t too heavy or too chocolatey.
Another friend got the Brioche Toast with Chocolate Butter ($2.50), which she does not recommend.
The espresso ($2.50) was “not as good as Starbucks,” but the latte ($2.75) was “good”.
Overall, I highly recommend trying First Bake at FFB for breakfast. It’s good but cheap food that’s more unique than anything you’d usually have for the most important meal of the day.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
3000 K St NW (Georgetown)
Washington, DC 20007