|Founding Farmers: Heapin' Plate of Fried Chicken and Waffles|
For better or worse, dining out is dynamic. A few years ago, I ceded to the hype and tried Founding Farmers, which is honest-to-God owned by a collective of American family farmers. The restaurant sources fresh products from family farms, ranches, and fisheries from across the United States. In the words of Ina Garten, how bad could that be? Unfortunately, my first impressions: great concept, terrible execution--my original meal there was characterized by lack luster preparations and muted flavor.
On the insistence of friends, I gave the restaurant another go last month and this time found Founding Farmers to be thoroughly impressive: attentive service, hearty portions, robust flavors, and reasonable prices.
Our meal started off with some flavorful drinks. I enjoyed the potent Grandma's Blackberry Sour, a refreshing concoction of Rittenhouse 100, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, blackberries, and a bit of egg white for binding. And B, surprised himself when he discovered a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, from IDAHO...how often do you find wine--and a very good wine at that--from America's Heartland?!
The biggest challenge of the evening was making it through the monster portions. But with most entrees between $16 - 18, this is a great choice for group dinners with varying pallets in the heart of DC.