Down-home Cookin' in D.C.


This week’s culinary destination isn’t what I would call a “best kept secret” in Washington, D.C.  In fact, it’s one of the “go to” restaurants in The District—and for good reason.


Miss your mother’s meatloaf, corn on the cob, or simple, hearty food? Founding Farmers prides itself on being a “farm-inspired” restaurant; serving up American favorites with a pinch of modern flair and bushels of fresh ingredients. A collective of American farmers own Founding Farmers–and all of the restaurant’s ingredients are sourced from these farming families in order to give you the freshest meal possible.

There are two locations in the D.C. metro area, and soon to be a third in Virginia!  The restaurant in D.C.-proper is located near the White House—and is modeled after a rustic farmhouse. The dining space is an eclectic mix of old wood farm tables and a modern bar, stocked with colorful bottles and smiling bartenders. The atmosphere is homey and warm—a good indicator of the meal to come.



Founding Farmers’ Pot Roast

Although the ambiance and bar are great for a casual night, the food is the best part about Founding Farmers. Appetizers range from American classics to Yankee favorites with a twist.  You can try the fried green tomatoes, the widely-loved “popcorn of the day,” or deviled-eggs.  Another option is the “bacon lollies.” Who doesn’t like bacon on a stick? Like the safe “assorted nuts?”  Try a mix of roasted peanuts, raisins, BBQ, and savory spices.  I’m sure your mouth is watering—and I’ve just covered a fraction of the appetizers!

For the main course, you can indulge in classic sandwiches; chili cheeseburgers, delicious shaved pork or roasted turkey with Gruyere and arugula. There are crab rolls, pastrami rolls, and even the “balsamic onion bacon dog.” Bacon on anything is guaranteed to be delicious. I suggest the meatloaf or the Yankee Pot Roast, or one of the homemade pasta dishes…or a giant, gourmet salad…  Yeah, I can’t really offer the best entrée—as they are all equally delicious.


Try an amazing drink for the bar! Sample a freshly made soup.  Don’t even ask me about dessert… I won’t be able to refrain from drooling all over my keyboard.

Mouthwatering dishes with perfectly seasoned ingredients and fun presentations are what Founding Farmers specializes in. If you’re craving a delicious, “made from scratch” meal, then look no further, Founding Farmers is the place for you to dine tonight!  Note: Since the “secret” regarding Founding Farmers is common knowledge, you will want to get a reservation. If the D.C. location is full, head up to the Maryland location in Potomac—it is more suited to walk-ins.

Where is it?

Founding Farmers

D.C. Location: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Maryland Location: 12505 Park Potomac Ave, Potomac, MD 20854

Who should go?

Hungry Washingtonians, Marylanders, and D.C. visitors who miss momma’s cooking, love hearty, American favorites, or believe that bacon is one of the best food groups.



Popcorn, anyone?


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