OpenTable

100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out for 2019

“The 2019 list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out highlights restaurants that not only feature delicious food and drink, but also vibrant bar scenes and lively atmospheres. The list of honorees is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews, canvassing more than 30,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.”


Washingtonian

Great Spots for Memorial Day Brunch Around DC

“This local restaurant group, which includes Founding FarmersFarmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers, serves an extensive brunch on holiday weekends. Menus and formats vary by location (including buffets at Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers).  Expect an eclectic, crowd-pleasing mix of dishes, cocktails, and fresh juices at all.”


Forbes

America’s 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out: OpenTable Releases Its 2019 List

“The list spotlights the restaurants that have all the ingredients for the perfect big night out: upbeat energy, innovative cocktails, robust wine lists, and, of course, outstanding food,’ Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer”


Washington City Paper

Best of DC 2019

Farmers & Distillers wins two recognitions in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2019:  Best Cocktail Bar (runner up) & Best Downtown Lunch (2nd place).


Washington Business Journal

Best Places to Work in Greater Washington

The Washington Business Journal named Farmers Restaurant Group — Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Farmers & Distillers — one of the BEST PLACES TO WORK across the D.C. metro area.


Yahoo

The 100 Best Restaurants for Mother’s Day Brunch

“Where should you go for Mother’s Day brunch this year? Try one of these top-rated restaurants, voted the best of the best for brunch on OpenTable.”


OpenTable

Get Ready for Mother’s Day: OpenTable Reveals the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2019 #OpenTable100

“Just in time for mom’s big day, we’re pleased to release our annual list of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2019.”


Forbes

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America: OpenTable Releases Its 2019 List

OpenTable, the restaurant reservations system, just released one of its more popular user–generated lists: The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.”


NBC 4 Washington

Washington Capitals Playoffs: Your Essential Guide to Deals, Watch Parties and More

“Stop by for the pre- or postgame for #CAPSHOUR specials two hours before or after the match. The restaurant will be offering $2 off select drafts and $8 Founding Spirits Highball Cocktails. Additionally, there will be half-off bar bites, including pan-fried dumplings, chips and dip, crispy imperial spring rolls and more.”


Washingtonian

The Best Restaurants for Brunch with a Big Group Around DC

All of the restaurants within the Farmers family—Founding Farmers, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers—excel at catering to large parties.


BravoTV

Cynthia Bailey Shows How “Birthday Dinner” Is Done With This Epic Plate of Food

“Eating at Farmers & Distillers in Washington, D.C., the birthday girl made a very, vert smart decision. She ordered what looks like the Chicken Fried Steak & Donut. Her patterned plate held breaded steak smothered in white-cream gravy; the sides were green beans, mashed potatoes, and — cue angels singing — a maple-glazed doughnut.”


OpenTable

Award-worthy Snacks: 15 Restaurants for Next-Level Popcorn

Farmers & Distillers, Washington, D.C. Mushroom popcorn gets its name from the fact it looks like a mushroom cloud when it pops. Here the king-sized kernels are coated with a sweet ‘n’ salty glaze to create a killer kettle corn. To ensure it looks as good as it tastes, the awesometastic app arrives in a Whirly Pop maker.”


Politico

POLITICO Playbook: Is the border wall deal in danger of falling apart?

SPOTTED: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) dining Tuesday night at Farmers and Distillers”


Washington Post

‘Foodgod’ Jonathan Cheban goes Insta-happy while visiting D.C. restaurants

“Cheban shared a post on the social media outlet of himself at the Chinatown-area joint Farmers & Distillers holding four ice cream cones.”


MarketWatch

OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

“The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.”


Food & Wine

The 50 Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

 “All restaurants with a minimum ‘overall’ score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration,” read a press release. “Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ was selected as a special feature.”


PR Newswire

OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

“Featuring restaurants coast-to-coast across 15 states and Washington, D.C., the list includes a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Indian to Mediterranean — perfect for vegetarians everywhere and even omnivores accompanying their veggie-loving friends.”


USA Today

Here are the 50 best restaurants for vegetarians in America, according to OpenTable

“With plant-based diets on the rise, the online restaurant-reservation service has complied a list of the 50 best restaurants for vegetarians in the U.S. based on more than 12 million diner reviews.”


Forbes

The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians: OpenTable Releases Its Latest List

“Coming in third is the District of Columbia with seven honorees, most of which are under the umbrella of Farmers Restaurant Group: Founding Farmers, Farmers and Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers.”


OpenTable

OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America 2018

“The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.”


Washingtonian

 Washingtonian recommends: Where to eat near the Walter e. Washington convention center

“The massive menu has it all: handmade pastas, hand-pulled Chinese noodles, burgers, salads, dumplings, steaks, grain bowls, and fried chicken with doughnuts. Don’t miss the cocktails, which use the restaurant’s housemade vodka, gin, and whiskey.


Visit DC

 Summer food & Drink Trends to Try Right Now in Washington, D.C

“Opt for a breakfast meeting at Farmer’s & Distillers, the farm-to-table eatery from the same team that brought you Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.


 restaurant development + design

 (George) Washington in Washington (D.C)

“Farmers & Distillers in Washington, D.C., is a restaurant that stands for farm-fresh food, prepared well. But it stands for something else, too. The inspiration behind the décor of this downtown venue was George Washington, and nods—both overt and subtle—are found to the first president throughout.


 Washingtonian

The Best Breakfast and Brunch Around DC

“Don’t want to brave the waitlist at the newest sibling to Founding Farmers? It has a short list of breakfast items available for delivery—eggs Benedict, an English breakfast plate—plus a longer list of salads, sandwiches, pies, etc.


 Modern Luxery

Gin Blossoms

“An edible hibiscus tops off Farmers & Distillers’ refreshing elixir forged from Founding Farmers gin, apple brandy, aperol and curacao.


 Opentable

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2018

“Fun, delicious, and a great treat for Mother’s Day, brunch brings people together like no other meal. Gather with family or friends at one of 2018’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and keep building your story around the table.


 The Progressive Farmer

Delivering on Farm to Fork

“With a little bit of champagne, fresh-baked donuts and a tractor-trailer parked outside in downtown Washington, D.C., leaders from the Farmers Restaurant Group held a small, symbolic celebration of food deliveries, led by the National Farmers Union state affiliate in North Dakota.


 The Drum

Bespoke Goods & Services: The Value of customized and scratch-made in today’s marketplace

“A filet mignon at Farmers & Distillers in downtown DC, for example, is sourced from either the Roseda Black Angus Farm in Maryland or the Seven Hills network of family farms in Virginia.


 The Lemon Bowl

Washington, Dc Travel Guide: What to Eat & How to burn it off

“My second breakfast recommendation is Farmers & Distillers. The large menu offered a wide variety of both lighter as well as indulgent breakfast options.


 Buzzfeed

Check out these 10 restaurants the next time your visit D.C.

“They call it unbundling the industrial food chain, and their broad-ranging menus really do have something for everyone, whether you want fried chicken, burgers, pizza, seafood or steak, or just one of the best apple pies in town.


 Washingtonian

Where to brunch for president’s day around dc.

“It feels appropriate to celebrate Presidents’ Day at this local American chainlet that pays tribute to Americana in various ways (yes, that’s George Washington with a man bun at Farmers & Distillers).


 THE WASHINGTON POST

We tried meatless ‘Impossible Burger’ at two D.C. restaurants. Here’s what it tastes like.

“Farmers Restaurant Group — which owns Founding FarmersFarmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers — serves Impossible Burger at all three restaurants. We tried the F&D All American Burger at Farmers & Distillers, and although the burger’s not juicy or plump enough to convert true meat lovers, the results are downright delicious.”


 WHISKY ADVOCATE

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. CRAFT WHISKEY TRAIL

“Distillery director Jon Arroyo and distillery manager Bob VanLancker produce vodka and amaro on a 50-gallon still, alongside a smaller alembic-shaped system they use to re-distill the amaro. They plan to continue working with Copper Fox for their whiskeys.”


EATER DC

16 SUPERIOR STEAKS AROUND D.C.

“This Mt. Vernon Triangle spot debuted in December with a prime rib roast beef supper. The 10-ounce prime rib dish stuck on the menu and is served with creamed spinach, peas, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding.”


OPENTABLE

BITTERSWEET SYMPHONIES: 8 AMAZING AMARO COCKTAILS

Housemade “never bitter” amaro forms the backbone of this cocktail along with their very own rye, which adds a dark depth while lemon juice lightens. Best of all, on Saturdays and Sundays, you can take a tour of the on-site distillery where the spirits are made.


HUNGRY LOBBYIST

REVIEW: FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“Their goal is to “transform the American dining experience by unbundling the industrial food chain and taking us back to our roots: family farms and natural products.” They do just that in the quality of the food they prepare.”


OpenTable

Rise and Shine: 10 Breakfast-Inspired CocktAils to Drink Any Time of Day

“Get your motor runnin’ with this high-octane fuel. It’s forged from distilled-in-house Founding Spirits vodka, cold brew coffee, coconut milk, coffee syrup, and cognac. Pairs well with doughnuts – a phrase that always makes us smile.”


Washingtonian

These Are Readers’ Favorite Places to Eat and Drink Around D.C.


Imbibe

Negroni Week: Farmers & Distillers Negroni Sour

“Farmers & Distillers offers an all-you-can-eat farmers market brunch buffet on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast fried rice, assorted scrambles, yogurt parfaits, fresh donuts, bruleed grapefruits, sticky pork riblets, and assorted dips. There’s also a variety of communal cocktails.”


Eater

35 Essential brunches in D.C.

“Farmers & Distillers offers an all-you-can-eat farmers market brunch buffet on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes breakfast fried rice, assorted scrambles, yogurt parfaits, fresh donuts, bruleed grapefruits, sticky pork riblets, and assorted dips. There’s also a variety of communal cocktails.”


OpenTable

Big Sippin’: 11 Large Format Cocktails Great for Group Drinking

“Whether there are two, four, or six tipplers in your group, the Suffering Candidate can be scaled up to accommodate. Made with Founding Farmers rye whiskey and Founding Farmers gin, it gets a zingy-sweet boost from lemon, ginger, and cane syrup. Served over pebbled ice, it’s garnished with candied ginger and fresh mint.”


Washington City Paper

Best of D.C. Poll 2017

Farmers & Distillers won Best New Restaurant in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Poll!


DC Refined

5 places to eat and drink like an American colonist

“Is George Washington the new Thomas Jefferson? Perhaps so, considering the new spotlight cast upon Washington’s farming experiments, plus his mill and distillery, all of which formed the foundation for this newest installment from the Founding Farmers restaurant group.”


Brightest Young Things

Where to get breakfast (not brunch) in D.C.

“Farmers & Distillers knows its role. This is a good thing. For the nearby office workers and the commuters heading to the Chinatown or Convention Center Metro stations, stop in for a donut (they’re made in house and moist and what you want in a donut) and special-t0-Farmer’s Compass Coffee First Bake Blend. It’s hard to go wrong with fresh donuts and Compass Coffee.”


OpenTable

Hail to the Chief: 6 Presidentially Inspired D.C. Restaurants for Presidents’ Day

“The first thing you see when you walk through the door is a host stand emblazoned with the George Washington quote, “I’d rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” It’s the first of many nods to America’s first president.”


DC Refined

7 tucked away tables and intimate private dining rooms

“Starting behind the bar, diners follow a “yellow brick road” downstairs and through the kitchen to this hideaway with seating for 16. The menu is either served family style or coursed out individually (don’t forget to order a selection of the house-made doughnuts).”


Lyft

D.C.’s top Valentines Day Destinations

Farmers & Distillers named one of DC’s top dining destinations for Valentine’s Day.


Eater

PARKING IS A BREEZE AT THESE D.C. RESTAURANTS

“The latest addition from the Founding Farmers crew is an enormous restaurant in downtown D.C. The food and drink harken back to America’s earliest days, and the parking, like our great nation, is free too. Be on the lookout for the PMI- Parking garage, located in the same building.”


GQ

YOUNG, HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON WITH A MAN BUN IS HERE TO RUIN EVERYTHING

“But now one brave D.C. restaurant, Farmers & Distillers, is willing to ask the toughest question about our founding father: What if he were a hot guy?”

Smithsonian Magazine

IN THIS NEW PORTRAIT, GEORGE WASHINGTON TRADES HIS CURLS FOR A MAN BUN

“The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurant”


Washingtonian

HERE ARE HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BEST PICK UP LINES

“What would George Washington be like as a hot millennial with a man bun? Apparently, an internet sensation! After we posted a photo of the hipster George portrait commissioned by Farmers & Distillers yesterday, everyone seemed to have an opinion.”


NY Magazine

“YOUNG GEORGE WASHINGTON LOOKS LIKE HE WOULD CONSTANTLY TEXT YOU ‘U UP?'”

“Artist Nathan Loda was commissioned to create an oil painting of a 20-something George Washington for D.C. restaurant Farmers & Distillers and he delivered, man-bun and all.”


DC Refined

5 NEW BRUNCHES YOU NEED TO TRY IN 2017

“The Founding Farmers team moves into Mount Vernon Square with a vodka distillery and a history-rich menu inspired by George Washington and nearby Chinatown.”


Washingtonian

DC RESTAURANT COMMISSIONS PORTRAIT OF HOT GEORGE WASHINGTON WITH A MAN BUN

“If George Washington was 25 years old today, he’d have a man bun, wear Wayfarer sunglasses, and drink whiskey from Founding Farmers. At least that’s the fantasy envisioned by the team at the new Farmers & Distillers. The owners commissioned an oil painting of America’s Founding Father as a millennial from local artist Nathan Loda to hang in the Washington-themed dining room of their Chinatown restaurant, bar, and distillery.”


Entrepreneur

5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

“‘The most important way to manage your growth is to keep your communication channels open, all across your business. Sharing information and reinforcing the vision is important, but listening, truly listening, may be even more important. You need to keep a pulse on your staff, see through their eyes on specifics, and know what the general mood is,’ explains Simons.”


Washingtonian

20 THINGS TO LOOK FOR AT FARMERS & DISTILLERS

Caviar? Cacio e pepe? Shrimp and grits? Steak? Pizza? Chinese dumplings? This menu covers it all—and then some. “You might look at this menu and think it’s all over the place,” co-owner Dan Simons says. “But we can point at any menu item, and I can say, ‘Here’s how it connects.’”


Washington City Paper

FIND 40 COCKTAILS ON THE FARMERS & DISTILLERS DRINK LIST

“The cocktail list is organized by five spirit categories and each drink incorporates at least one spirit produced either in-house or with partner distilleries, including rye whiskey and gin made by Copper Fox Distillery; pisco made in collaboration with Macchu Pisco; and Founding Spirits vodka and amaro (a bitter herbal liqueur) made on site.”

Tasting Table

16 HOT, NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY THIS WEEK

“Calling all history buffs, the Founding Farmers team has combined a distillery and restaurant under one roof, making whiskey and gin, and serving it with food that George Washington might have encountered throughout the centuries (yes, it’s a bit out there). The menu ranges from oysters to dumplings to ahi tuna poke.”


Eater

THE EARLY WORD ON FARMERS & DISTILLERS


DCist

FIRST LOOK: FARMERS & DISTILLERS TRIES TO ANSWER “WHAT WOULD GEORGE WASHINGTON DO?”

“The dishes are inspired by a wide-ranging vision of Washington’s taste: European cooking is a callback to the first president’s lifetime when the elite coveted French flavors, Southern cuisine offers a deep, unflinching gratitude to the enslaved people that forged a vibrant food culture in America, and Chinese elements are a nod to the restaurant’s proximity to the Chinatown neighborhood.”


Brightest Young Things

FIRST LOOK: FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“Farmers & Distillers knows its role. This is a good thing. For the nearby office workers and the commuters heading to the Chinatown or Convention Center Metro stations, stop in for a donut (they’re made in house and moist and what you want in a donut) and special-t0-Farmer’s Compass Coffee First Bake Blend. It’s hard to go wrong with fresh donuts and Compass Coffee.”


Eater

PRIME PICKS FOR PRIME CUTS OF STEAK IN D.C.

“This Mt. Vernon Triangle spot debuted in December with a prime rib roast beef supper. The 10 oz. prime rib dish is served with creamed spinach, peas and lashings, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding.”


OPENTABLE

HISTORY, HIGH-LEVEL HOSPITALITY & HOUSE-MADE HOOCH: INSIDE D.C.’S FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“The restaurant’s main menu is characteristically ambitious and contains no crossover from their other eateries. “The thought of replicating the same thing is so entirely boring to me and [co-owner] Mike Vucurevich,” says Simons. “And it’s boring to the kind of people we want to work with. Repetition doesn’t attract the coolest, most interesting talent.””


OpenTable

HOUSE-MADE SPIRITS, SHAOBING & UNIQUE DINING SPACE: DAN SIMONS TALKS FARMERS & DISTILLERS

“After two and a half years in the making, Dan Simons — the restaurateur behind the wildly popular Founding Farmers — is finally opening his brand new concept, Farmers & Distillers, in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. It’s the fifth restaurant from the Farmers Restaurant Group, which owns three locations of Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.”


Engadget

Service with a Smile and Some Very Sophisticated Software: How Farmers Restaurant Group Uses Big Data to Better Serve Their Guests

Farmers Restaurant Group really gets it,” said Open Table CEO Christa Quarles. “They’ve been dedicated to learning our systems and figuring out how best they can be used in conjunction with their smarts and their staff. They are making the software work for them to provide a better experience for all of their guests.”


Washintonian Magazine

Farmers & Distillers Will Open in December With Vodka And Amaro

“When Farmers & Distillers opens in Mount Vernon Triangle in December, it will feature two spirits that couldn’t seem more different: vodka and amaro.”


Huffington Post

Cooking Up a Storm: Dan Simons Shows What It Takes to be a Successful Restaurateur

“In some ways, Dan and his team have revolutionized the industry with their coaching and mentoring strategies. In conversation after conversation with his team, Dan reminds them to never look up at anyone, but instead, to look across the table, eye to eye, with the confidence that all people are equal.”


Zagat

9 Most Anticipated Fall Openings in DC

“The menu is said to pull from the various influences found throughout DC, such as hand-pulled noodles inspired by Chinatown and pork schnitzel representing German immigrants working on DC’s east side.”


Full-Service Restaurants

Farmers Restaurant Group To Open Farmers & Distillers In November

“Farmers Restaurant Group introduced the newest addition to their collection of farmer-owned restaurants, Farmers & Distillers, at 600 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. The restaurant is targeted to open in November of 2016.”


Tasting Table

7 New Restaurants Making D.C. a Dining Destination this Fall

“The perennially busy Founding Farmers is expanding with this restaurant and distillery right near the convention center. The menu is broad, ranging from Chinese flatbread and hand-pulled noodles to pork schnitzel, all being placed under the umbrella of D.C.’s various immigrant communities. The distillery, inspired by the one George Washington ran at Mt. Vernon, is fittingly called Founding Spirits.”


Eater

Five Things to Know About Farmers & Distillers, from the Founding Farmers Crew

“There’s now an official opening target for the big distillery opening from the restaurant group behind Founding Farmers. Here’s some need-to-know information about Farmers & Distillers, headed to 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Mount Vernon Triangle…”


Washingtonian

The Farmers Restaurant Group Announces a New $7 Million Project: Farmers & Distillers

“The Farmers Restaurant Group, which operates three Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, announced plans for a new seven million dollar restaurant concept: Farmers & Distillers. The 300-seat dining room and distillery is slated to open in Mt. Vernon Triangle at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest in the fall of 2016″