Restaurant Week is on!

We’re back at it: Restaurant Week is here for Summer 2019 and we are thrilled to participate once again. 

Join us August 12th through August 18th at Farmers & Distillers as we welcome guests for this summer’s Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) Restaurant Week. This delicious and bargain-filled restaurant industry event is designed for guests to check out new restaurants or revisit old favorites. 

We welcome our downtown DC Restaurant Week guests with our specially-crafted, three-course lunch for $22pp and dinner for $35pp. (Saturday & Sunday brunch is excluded.) Our Summer Restaurant Week 2019 menu features many of our Farmers & Distillers favorites. From our famous Whirley Pop Kettle Corn, Table Breads, and FF Glazed Bacon Lollies for starters to our delicious Chinatown Favorites, Handmade Pasta, and signature entrées to a choice of one of our select Farmers Donuts or a cone/cup of our hand-churned ice cream for dessert, we have lots of choose from. If you have no room after the first two courses, no worries: you will receive a gift card to use at your next visit. 

While beverages are not included, we hope you will enjoy one of our delicious scratch-sodas or one of our craft cocktails made with our Founding Spirits, distilled right here in our in-house distillery.

Restaurant Week is a popular, annual DC event, so we suggest making your reservation today. We look forward to serving you for this summer’s Restaurant Week. If you can’t make it to Farmers & Distillers, join us at our participating sibling restaurants, Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers.

Ready to Get Your March Madness On?

We are. As the time draws near for the NCAA’s March Madness to be center court at downtown DC’s very own basketball mecca, Capital One Arena.

Located just a few walkable blocks from Capital One, Farmers & Distillers is ready to host your pre-gaming gathering, where you can enjoy our baby macs, shake & fries and more; or let us serve as your post-game spot for a food and drink lineup of our starters and entrées, beers on tap, and handmade cocktails made with our award-winning Founding Spirits, or just cap off the evening with one of our tasty desserts.

We recommend making your Farmers & Distillers reservation now, as the NCAA’s 2019 Men’s Basketball Regional Championship, better known as March Madness, arrives Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 at Capital One Arena.

One of DC’s favorite hometown teams, Georgetown University, is hosting for the sixth time and we can’t wait for the fun to begin when some of the best of the NCAA’S East Regional teams descend on downtown DC. Our Farmers & Distillers crew is ready to welcome NCAA fans, and maybe even a player or two, during March Madness weekend.

Score your March Madness tickets here. And come see us at Farmers & Distillers.

If you and your party are not heading to the arena, but looking to gather to watch the games, email our group dining specialist here: ReserveFD@farmersrestaurantgroup.com to reserve our General’s Parlor Private Dining Room. Tucked away on the lower level of Farmers & Distillers, our up-to-16-seat private dining room comes complete with a television. We can offer prix fixe menus, served or arranged buffet style, tailored to provide the perfect meal + gaming experience for you and your guests.

Or have Farmers & Distillers delivered directly to your door. Our full menu is available for delivery from Caviar and DoorDash. If you are outside the downtown DC area, no worries… we have you covered. We offer delivery from our Founding Farmers sibling restaurants in Potomac, MD; Reston and Tysons, VA; and King of Prussia, as well as Farmers Fishers Bakers. Or come by Farmers & Distillers, or any of our restaurants, to pick up our food to go.

We also offer full-service catering if you are hosting a group and want to leave the work to us.

Let the madness begin.

A Time to Serve Our Veterans

Every Veterans Day, like many of our national holidays, we serve our brunch, along with our lunch/dinner menu, across all of our restaurants – Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers.

What is different about Veterans Day, however, is that we offer a 50% discount for active duty and retired military personnel, which applies to our veterans plus one guest on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th. Bring your valid ID or wear your uniform and your brunch, lunch, or dinner is 50% off our regular price.

We offer our utmost appreciation and respect for our military and hope you will come on over to one of our restaurants and let us serve you. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Explore Your Hometown Eats with Restaurant Week

August can be a rough month for DC locals. It’s usually unbearably hot and humid, and many of our friends and family have managed to skip town. One great way to beat the heat and enjoy our great city this month? Take a stay-cation from the daily grind and explore our hometown eats during Restaurant Week.

From August 13-19, Farmers Restaurant Group will be participating in this annual tradition at five of our DC area restaurants: MoCo’s Founding Farmers (*note: MoCo runs from August 10-19), Founding Farmers Tysons, Farmers Fishers BakersFarmers & Distillers, and our newest location, Founding Farmers Reston Station. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course lunch for $22 and dinner for $35 – both menus will include one of our delicious desserts.

About 250 local restaurants will join Restaurant Association Metropolitan Week in what is one of the best food offerings of the year, and a great way to enjoy DC in August.

Join us and give yourself a late summer in-town break. It is sure to bring a breath of fresh air into an otherwise muggy season. We always recommend getting a reservation, if possible.

*Founding Farmers DC, located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave., is not taking part in Restaurant Week 2018.

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.

Vote for Your Favorites for Best of D.C.

Friends of our DC-based family of restaurants, we are up for a bunch of awards for this year’s Best of D.C. in Washington City Paper.

Between now and Sunday, March 4th, cast your votes for your DC favorites. There are a whole host of categories and many worthy choices.

Nominations in the Best of D.C. Food & Drink category include our very own: Founding Farmers DC, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Founding Spirits:

  • Best Brunch: Farmers Fishers Bakers
  • Best Distillery: Founding Spirits
  • Best New American Restaurant: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Doughnuts: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Bloody Mary: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Downtown Lunch: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Fried Chicken: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Wings: Founding Farmers DC

Voting ends Sunday, March 4th. Cast your vote today at Washington City Paper.

Let Us Labor for You This Labor Day Weekend with a 3-Day Brunch

What better way to celebrate summer’s end than brunch at one of our restaurants. At Farmers Restaurant Group will be welcoming guests for brunch for the entire three-day weekend – Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day Monday – in all of our restaurants.

Our brunches, if you haven’t tried them, are a labor of love for our team and a labor-free treat for you. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, we provide a diverse and delicious bounty of scratch-made food and drinks.

Brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD have a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes the best buttermilk pancakes you may have ever tasted, stuffed French toast, a variety of egg benedicts, poached egg hashes, our specialty glazed, thick-cut bacons, and our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers TysonsFarmers Fishers Bakers at the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers in Mt Vernon Square. You don’t want to miss this decadent offering, which includes traditional breakfast fare – such as those same tasty buttermilk pancakes and bacon – and more. The buffet also has a butchers table, a gardeners table, and a dessert table. The fixed price includes a variety of dishes hand-passed by servers: cracker crusted shrimp, eggs benedict, spring rolls, our house-made doughnuts, and more.

As if all of that tasty goodness wasn’t enough, our brunch drinks are also fan favorites. Of course, we serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend, designed and roasted especially for our restaurants. And our old-fashioned scratch sodas can usually quench anyone’s thirst. For those looking for a little more, our craft cocktails are scratch-made with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. We have one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to Washington City Paper. Guests also love our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers and our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers.

So, take a load off. Let us labor for you this Labor Day weekend. Visit one of our farmer-owned restaurants for brunch on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. If possible, we always recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

Field Trip to the Chicken Farm

A couple weeks ago, we took a trip out to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country to visit the owner of Bell & Evans, Scott Sechler, and the rest of his team who supply the chicken for all of our restaurants. Owner Dan Simons and our Farmers Restaurant Group team – including Vicki Griffith, Ken Fletcher, and Meaghan O’Shea – got a behind the scenes tour of how Bell & Evans raise and process their chicken.

Part of the reason for our trip was to understand why Bell & Evans chicken tastes so much better than most of the chicken we have tried. As a farmer-owned company, we like to connect with the family farmers that supply the food to our restaurants. It is important for us to know where our food comes from.

Bell & Evans is no ordinary chicken farm. Just like us, everything matters to them. Four generations of family-run natural chicken farming is evident in everything they do. They insist on humane treatment, cleanliness, and food safety by investing in newly developed high-tech hatcheries and providing open, naturally lit chicken coops. They’re committed to feeding their chickens “no junk,” which means they are given no animal by-products, no additives containing arsenic, no petroleum or ethanol by-products, no used cooking oil by-products, and no antibiotics. Yes, this scary list is what most chickens eat. At Bell & Evans they are given an all-vegetarian diet of U.S. grown corn, extruded and expeller pressed soybeans, vitamins and minerals, and plenty of fresh well water.

Not only does this make for healthier and tastier chickens, the way they run their farm is much better for the environment. For example, their advertised “air chilled” process also says no to the use of chlorine ice baths most chicken farmers use, avoiding nasty chemicals and saving millions of gallons of water each year. This means they can use recyclable and reusable shipping containers because their chickens aren’t soaking wet when they are packaged.

Bell & Evans also cares what happens to their chicken once it leaves the farm. They carefully select their buyers, selling to companies who are like-minded and as they say “like-missioned,” to ensure their product is handled carefully all the way to the consumer, whether in a restaurant or from retail stores.

Of course, all of this work, and more, had us almost doing the chicken dance. We stayed hours past our allotted tour time talking and learning. We knew Bell & Evans was good chicken, but now we know why.

Curious? We invite you to come on down to any of our restaurants and get a taste (or two or three) for yourself. Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day (yes, this is a thing! And yes, it’s today) with our famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles or our awesome garlic black pepper chicken wings; or visit Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown riverfront for a cold glass of one of our 24 beers on tap with our Honey Pot Fried Chicken Jambalaya; or perhaps you want to sip a glass of our own New York Vines White wine with a plate of our Roasted Spatchcock Chicken at Farmers & Distillers.

The possibilities seem endless, and we’re certain you will agree what a difference Bell & Evans chicken makes. If possible, we always recommend making a reservation.

*Update, October 2018: We are now sourcing our chicken from suppliers other than Bell & Evans. We remain impressed by Bell & Evans’ standards and commitments, as they align with our own. While we do occasionally change suppliers for a variety of reasons, we remain committed to our Farmed in America by Family Farmers philosophy, and continuing to ensure that our farmers, growers, ranchers, and fishers align with our standard.

Three Stars for Keeping it Green

Farmers & Distillers has officially been named a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® because of our continued work to implement earth-friendly operations. This certification is based on an evaluation by the Green Restaurant Association, and our daily work to keep our planet green.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, our mission makes an impact. Serving scratch-made food that consistently uses regional produce, dairy, and eggs, and all-natural, humanely treated meat and chicken is better for the planet – and for you! We are working every day to do more good and less harm across everything we do, from how we build our restaurants to the free filtered water we provide to all of our guests.

At Farmers & Distillers, our meatless menu items, which amount to 25 percent of our food, require significantly less energy and water to produce than our meat-based dishes. Because 97 percent of our light bulbs are LEDs, we are saving enough energy to power 14 residential households every year. Our Energy Star dish machines use 40 percent less water and energy than most conventional models. Our recycling AND composting programs keep up to 75% of our waste out of landfills.
These are just a few of the highlights that earn us the necessary GreenPoints™ to meet the three star certification standards of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).

Working with outside consultants, such as the GRA, ensures that we are doing all that we can to preserve the earth today, and help us look toward more sustainable practices in the future. Founding Farmers was named as one of the most sustainable restaurants in America and all of our restaurants are 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants®. To understand the precise ways we earn our rating for each restaurant, go to:

Farmers & Distillers GRA

Founding Farmers DC GRA

Founding Farmers Tysons GRA

MoCo’s Founding Farmers GRA

Farmers Fishers Bakers GRA

The Green Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry. GRA evaluates participating restaurants every year using transparent, evidence-based certification standards that look across seven categories: energy, water, waste, food, chemicals and pollution reduction, disposables, and building. Restaurants are awarded based on the percentage of items that meet each criterion.

Celebrate America with Our Star-Spangled Brunch

Rally up your independent spirit and patriotism and join us for brunch on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of America’s birthday. Yes, we are such rebels, we are doing brunch on a Tuesday!

All of our locations will be offering our award-winning brunch this Independence Day, and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac will also be serving brunch on Monday, July 3rd.

What better way to celebrate this great land of ours than by enjoying our American classics, which help to support hardworking family farmers, many of which are our owners, investors, and suppliers. At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are working every day to help give our farmers a larger portion of the food dollar all the while providing tasty, scratch-made food for our guests.

Selected as one of DC’s best brunches by Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper, our star-spangled brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers have sit down service that includes the ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, and our famous stuffed French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our specialty glazed bacons.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers in Tysons, Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers at Mt Vernon Square. This festival of food is hard to beat with traditional breakfast fare such as pancakes and bacon, a butcher’s table, a gardener’s table with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from Eggs Benedict to Cracker Crusted Shrimp to our house-made doughnuts.

Looking for a little bang before the fireworks? Our brunch drinks are also notorious. In all of our restaurants, we make craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. From one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to the Washington City Paper, to our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers, to our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, to our old fashioned scratch sodas, we can usually quench everyone’s thirst. Of course, we also serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend designed and roasted especially for our restaurants.

So, come on over for a little revolutionary weekday brunch. If you can, we recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

Founding Farmers MoCo

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers