Founding Farmers is consistently recognized for our food and drink, our concept, and our construction. In addition, we strive to be a part of the community and to create meaningful relationships.

Food / General Awards

  • 2013: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best Contemporary American Restaurant, Washington City Paper
  • 2013: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best Downtown Lunch, Washington City Paper
  • 2013: Readers’ Choice Finalist: Best Bloody Mary, Washington City Paper
  • 2013: Readers’ Choice Finalist: Best Cocktail Selection, Washington City Paper
  • 2013: Readers’ Choice Finalist: Best Sunday Brunch, Washington City Paper
  • 2012: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant, Washington City Paper
  • 2012: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best Green Business, Washington City Paper
  • 2012: Readers’ Choice Finalist: Best Cocktail Selection, Washington City Paper
  • 2012: Open Table Diners’ Choice Winner
  • 2011: Winner, RAMMY Best Bar/Mixology Program
  • 2011: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant, Washington City Paper
  • 2010: Finalist, RAMMY Best Bar/Mixology Program
  • 2010: Best Waffles, Best Donuts, Best Summer Cocktails, Best Vegan/Gluten-Free Menu, City Search
  • 2010: Readers’ Choice: Best American Restaurant, Washington City Paper
  • 2010: Best Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Food Network Magazine
  • 2010: Washington DC Mayor’s Green Award for Foodservice/Restaurant
  • 2009: Top 100 Best Restaurant, Washingtonian
  • 2009: Readers’ Choice Winner: Best New Restaurant, Washington City Paper
  • 2009: Top 50 Best New Restaurant, Travel + Leisure
  • 2009: Best New Restaurant/Best Cocktails, Express Night Out
  • 2009: Readers’ Choice: Best New Restaurant, Best Cocktails, Best American Food, Washingtonian
  • 2008–09: Open Table Diners’ Choice Winner for Most Booked Restaurant in the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Area

Construction/ Design

  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certified commercial interior space
  • Grand Prize, Restaurant/Casual, 2009 Association for Retail Environments Retail Design Awards A.R.E., April 2009
  • Project Winner, 2009 Earth-Minded Awards, Hospitality Design and ASID, March 2009
  • Project Winner, 2009 USGBC National Capital Region Commercial Interiors, June 2009
  • 2009 Finalist, Best Casual Restaurant Design, Gold Key Hospitality Design Awards, November 2009
  • 2009 Mid-Atlantic Construction, Retail Project of the Year, Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine, November 2009

Affiliations / Partners / Outreach

  • Certified Green Restaurant™ through the Green Restaurant Association
  • CarbonFund.org purchaser of carbon offsets (78 tons in 2010)
  • Earth Aid Rewards Network partner
  • Destination DC Member
  • Chefs Collaborative member
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington member
  • Share Our Strength/Taste of the Nation 2009-2011 participant
  • Take Back the Tap, World Water Day 2009-2011 participant
  • D.C. Farm to School Network partner
  • Travel Channel Global Explorers 2010 partner