New Menus for Downtown Diners Just in Time for the 4th

The week-long Fourth of July festivities just got even better as Farmers & Distillers has released all new menus that feature many of our restaurant specialties and guest favorites, including some big news: more beloved choices from our sibling restaurants.

Diners will notice the addition of Founding Farmers Reuben Melt and Farmers Fishers Bakers Roasted Vegetable sandwich, as well as our Founding Farmers perennial guest favorite starter, Glazed Bacon Lollis.

Also of interest is our Southern Fried Chicken & Donut, a delicious nod to the famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles. Using Bell & Evans chicken, Farmers & Distillers is offering our fried chicken with a twist. For lunch and dinner, instead of a waffle on the side, it comes with one of our maple glazed donuts, made fresh in small batches throughout the day. Be sure to save room for both. Breakfast Chicken & Waffles will be available on the breakfast menu.

Steak House choices, including select cuts of beef, are now primarily coming from family-owned J.W. Treuth, who work directly with Pennsylvania cattle farmers to ensure we are getting the highest quality meat. There are also delicious and sustainable seafood choices, a great grouping of burgers and sandwiches, and some of the best garden-fresh salads in town.

Everyone has their own comfort foods. This menu shares some of our Co-Owner Dan Simons’ favorites, such as the IMPOSSIBLE Meatloaf, a tasty vegetarian recipe using the plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Burger served with mashed potatoes and sautéed green vegetables, and our Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro, a delicious medley of roasted squash, roasted garlic tomato sauce, and pecorino.

Other highlights include our hand-pulled Chinese shop style noodles, an array of noodle dishes with lamb, beef & pork meatballs, chicken, or beef combinations. Of course, we will continue to have a whole host of our fresh, house-made donuts, including a new favorite flavor, cinnamon roll.

As always, our craft cocktail menu is sure to delight many with a creative, yet classic array of drinks, many made with our very own Founding Spirits, distilled here in-house, including our award winning craft vodka and Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

With all of our menus, we work hard to make sure there is something for everyone and we continue to make everything from scratch using ingredients primarily sourced from American family farmers we know.

However you plan to spend this Star-Spangled Banner time of year, we have new choices and old favorites, including cool and tasty drinks, and delicious food. We are also super close to all of the Fourth of July celebrations on the mall!

Come on down and check out our new menus. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Get Your Soft-Shell Crabs at Farmers & Distillers

Farmers & Distillers is celebrating the end of spring and the start of summer with two soft-shell crab dishes.

That’s right. It is soft-shell crab season here in the nation’s capital. We all know our fine neighbors in Maryland are famous for their delicious crabs. Early in the season, those crabs are harvested at peak time and make for some of the region’s very best culinary offerings.

We are serving a soft-shell crab sandwich for $18 and an entrée for $30. Our Maryland soft-shell crabs are lightly battered and fried. The sandwich includes our famous bacon, lettuce and tomato, on a house-made bun, with a side of our tasty tartar sauce and choice of one of our crop sides. Our entrée includes two Maryland soft-shell crabs, served with a choice of two of our crop sides and our tasty house-made tartar sauce.

Both are delicious ways to celebrate this special time of year and will be available for a limited time only. So, scurry down to Mt Vernon Square for some tasty soft-shells. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Memorial Day Brunch In the Midst of All of the Weekend Festivities

Memorial Day weekend not only marks the beginning of summer for most, it is a time of gathering with family and friends and remembrance of our nation’s fallen heroes.

What better place to gather and remember than around a brunch table in the heart of downtown DC at Farmers & Distillers. We are located in the midst of all of DC’s Memorial Day national celebrations, from the largest Memorial Day parade in the country to the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to Rolling Thunder. We are also steps away from all of our National Mall memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

If you are planning your weekend around some of these activities and memorials, consider adding a rest stop at Farmers & Distillers. Come in to cool down and fuel up with our famous brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday. It is a great place to enjoy some downtime with family and friends.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is a bounty of delicious food with traditional breakfast fare such as French toast and bacon, a hot items & carving table, a cold table ripe with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence.

We also have the best Bloody Mary in town, according to Washington City Paper and an amazing array of craft cocktails made with our very own spirits we distill in-house at our Founding Spirits. These include some delightful shared drinks that are worth the trip alone.

If a buffet brunch isn’t your thing, our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers DC on nearby Pennsylvania Avenue, has a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, we also have French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, and our famous applewood smoked bacon.

All of Farmers Restaurant Group will welcome guests in all seven of our restaurants for the three-day long weekend. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, our brunch menus vary some by location. Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is also served at Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, at Founding Farmers Tysons, Reston Station, and King of Prussia in Pennsylvania. MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD has our sit-down, a la carte style service.

Whatever your Memorial Day weekend brunch needs are, we are pretty confident that one of our restaurants will meet them. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

 

Who Wants a Free Donut?

With these crazy late snow days, we decided to encourage the arrival of spring and our annual cherry blossoms with three Monday mornings of free donuts at Farmers & Distillers.

Join us at our Farmers & Distillers cafe Monday mornings: March 26, April 2, and April 9. The first 100 guests will get to enjoy a complimentary Cherry Blossom Donut to go. In addition, if you win a donut and take a picture of your donut, tagging us on Instagram @FarmDistillDC, you will get a chance to win a Founding Spirits distillery Tour & Tasting, followed by our can’t miss Farmers Market Buffet Brunch for two.

That’s a whole lot of winning in honor of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

Farmers & Distillers opens every weekday for breakfast at 7am. To accompany that free donut, you can buy our cold-pressed Farm Health juice blends, a cup of our First Bake Compass Coffee, or a cup of T Salon tea. Whichever adds a little spring to your step.

Chocolate Cherry Treats for Our Cherry Blossom Lovers

Join Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers to celebrate DC’s famous cherry blossoms.

Every year, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), highlights the area’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene for the over 1.5 million visitors to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Picks Restaurant Program is now in its 16th year.

This festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S. that bring beautiful blooms to DC’s Tidal Basin every spring. We are joining the celebration with some cherries of our own.

Our pastry team has outdone themselves with a Chocolate Cherry Pie with White Chocolate Vanilla Sauce. The dessert will be available throughout the festival at Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.

This year’s festival runs from March 20-April 15. Participating restaurants in the Cherry Picks program will highlight items from their seasonal, springtime menus.

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES: RESTAURANT WEEK IS COMING!

Each year, Restaurant Week creates a buzz across the DC metro area. Participating restaurants open their doors and develop specialized, prix fixe menus for a limited time for friends, families, foodies, and all guests to experience and enjoy.

This year, Farmers & Distillers is proud to announce that we are participating in Restaurant Week. Located in downtown DC in Mt Vernon Square near Chinatown, Farmers & Distillers will welcome guests for Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week.

From January 22–28, 2018, guests can enjoy our specially created, three course, prix fixe lunch menu for $22 and dinner menu for $35 (Saturday & Sunday brunch excluded), both including your choice of one of our delicious desserts.

As Restaurant Week is such a sought after event, we suggest making your reservation today. We would be delighted to help you celebrate one of DC’s best winter offerings.

The Family Secret to Our Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon

Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon has become one of the most popular menu items across all of our restaurants. No doubt, the recipe is a winner. But what lies beneath the salmon is critical to the rustic, smoky taste that pairs so well with the sweetness of the apricot glaze.

Our salmon is cooked atop cedar planks we source from Flame Grilling Products, a family-run company in Maine. What was once a business run out of their family farmstead has become a 30,000 square foot production and distribution facility in Waldoboro, ME, with a satellite center in Glennville, GA. They now have the largest selection of grilling and smoking woods and plank varieties in the world. Still, they operate with the same heart and values from their early days.

Flame Grilling Products receives wood daily from family farms and foresters from Maine to Florida. Many rural farmers rely on their business to augment their family income. Neighbors are accustomed to seeing deliveries coming in on old farm trucks and homemade trailers behind a family SUV.

Because of the family’s commitment to quality and the planet, their wood has always been harvested sustainably as they like to say, “long before sustainable harvesting became the buzz word of the industry.” It is not mechanically harvested and arrives clean and fresh, with the bark still intact. This extra care in harvesting is one of the reasons why their products are known for the best smoke and plank flavor on the market.

We know it is one of the secrets behind the deliciousness (and popularity) of our salmon. And we definitely think our salmon is delicious, especially with a glass of our crisp New York Vines White wine. As always, we work hard to make good food from scratch using sustainable sources that support American farmers.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we know Everything Matters, even that cedar plank beneath your salmon. So the next time you are in one of our restaurants, take a peek.

Holidays Around the Farmers Table

This Year, Gather Around Our Table for the Holidays.

With the leaves beginning to turn and air getting brisk, we’re excited to feel the holiday season almost upon us.

Each year our Farmers Restaurant Group teams — at Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers TysonsFounding Farmers King of Prussia, Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers — look forward to the holiday season and opening up our doors to our guests with excellent food and drink, and a warm, festive atmosphere to enjoy their holiday gatherings. Even during the holidays. Perhaps you don’t celebrate. Or perhaps you just need a break from the revelry, come on over to any of our restaurants. We are open every day throughout the holiday season.

Special Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 23rd: 11am-8pm; Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 12pm-8pm, all other locations.

Black Friday. Friday, November 24th: Brunch 7am-2pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 8am-2pm, all other locations; except Founding Farmers King of Prussia, Brunch 9am-2pm. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Hanukkah. Tuesday, December 12th – Wednesday, December 20th. Open regular hours, all locations.

Christmas Eve. Sunday, December 24th: Brunch 9am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Christmas Day. Monday, December 25th: 11am-8pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 12pm-8pm, all other locations.

New Years Eve. Sunday, December 31st: Brunch 9am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

New Years Day. Monday, January 1st: Brunch 7am-2pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 9am-2pm, all other locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Reserve your table today, at any one of our restaurants.

Or, bring Founding Farmers home to your own table with our popular To Go menus. MoCo’s Founding Farmers offered our delicous Thanksgiving To Go service and we’re happy to now offer our Christmas To Go menu, if you prefer enjoying your holiday dinner with family and friends in the comfort of your own home!

 

 

The Impossible Burger Comes to Town

Beginning today, we are bringing our guests the plant-based burger that has been making headlines and wowing avid meat lovers in select cities across the U.S. It’s like a pre-holiday present for foodies, meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

Farmers Restaurant Group is delighted to bring the Impossible Burger to our nation’s capital area and Pennsylvania. It is available now at all of our restaurants in and around DC, and will be on the menu at our Founding Farmers King of Prussia when it opens November 1st.

Impossible Burger is like no other vegetarian burger. It’s designed with meat eaters in mind, to taste, look, smell, and cook like meat. The secret ingredient is heme, a basic building block of life in all organisms, and what gives hamburger its meaty taste. But heme is also found in plants, and the team at Impossible Burger has figured out how to take heme from plants and produce it using fermentation. It is then mixed with just a few other ingredients, like potato protein for texture, as well as wheat protein and coconut oil.

According to Impossible Foods, the company behind the Impossible Burger, “Sustainability is their main ingredient.” Their CEO and Founder Pat Brown started the company “to make the global food system sustainable by replacing animal-based foods with delicious, nutritious, and affordable meat and dairy foods, made directly from plants.” Their cow-free burger uses a fraction of the earth’s natural resources, specifically; 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions than cows.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we remain completely committed to offering delicious premium cuts of meats from American ranchers and their family-owned farms. Our exploration with Impossible Burger connects with our passion to innovate, as it relates to the tastes and preferences of some of our guests. We also hope to influence Impossible Burger in their sourcing for the wheat and potato in their recipe, and have already discussed the importance of American family farms with Pat Brown and his team.

The Impossible Burger is an unusual offering for us, since it is not scratch-made in our restaurants, like almost all of our food. And it doesn’t come from a farm or ranch. The heme is grown in a lab. “In our company, we are always weighing what is best for our guests, our farmers, and the environment,” says Co-Owner Dan Simons. “For us, the earth-friendly potential of the Impossible Burger pulled us in.”

It doesn’t hurt that this burger is also amazingly delicious. Seriously. It’s impossibly great and has been the buzz with our staff for weeks.

Come on in to try it and be amazed. Of course, if possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Farmers & Distillers

Wondering about your Thanksgiving Day plans? Join us at Farmers & Distillers for your big meal. We will be serving a special Thanksgiving day menu for $39 per person, featuring all of your favorites with a Farmers twist.

Join us from 12pm – 8pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017. 

Our sibling restaurants — Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers — are also hosting Thanksgiving, if more convenient.

Or if you prefer spending Thanksgiving at home, we’ve got you covered there too. MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD will have To Go dinners for pick up. Menu and ordering information available here.

Happy Thanksgiving!