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JustLuxe

Dine Your Way Through D.C. At These Ten Restaurants

“Located in Foggy Bottom, just a stone’s throw from the White House, Founding Farmers is known for sustainably-sourced food made from scratch. The District’s most geo-tagged restaurant on Instagram and OpenTable’s most booked restaurant in the nation, Founding Farmers is a staple among city residents and tourists alike.”


Brightest Young Things

Where to Get Breakfast (Not Brunch) in D.C.

“Easily the most business meeting friendly spot in DC (and Montgomery County), Founding Farmers offers a dedicated breakfast menu and wi-fi to make your 9am conference a little more bearable. Between the Cast Iron Skillet eggs and the Stuffed New Orleans French Toast, you’ll make it out okay.”


Forbes

How Founding Farmers Became the Most Booked Restaurant in the US for 5 Years Running

“We want our guests to feel that we are taking care of them… We meet them where they are, in the complexity of their lives and give them a comfortable seat, tasty food and drink, and good service. It’s that simple, regardless of how complex it might be to execute.”


Forbes

How To Make Corporate Responsibility A Driver In Your Business

“Our concern for the environment has always been paramount, and our talents and abilities to deliver on our vision are increasing as we grow,” says Owner Dan Simons. “We are family-farmer-centric, people-centric, and these principles guide all of our decisions. Our menus emphasize food that is connected to people and the earth. Our sources are primarily family farms, and we make the vast majority of our food from scratch and in-house.”


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.”


Lyft

The Lyftie Awards

Founding Farmers DC named the most visited restaurant by Lyft users.


USA Today

Instagram’s most geo-tagged restaurants in every state

“Washington, D.C.’s most geotagged restaurant on Instagram is Founding Farmers, located just three blocks from the White House. Instagram: @FoundingFarmers”


Washingtonian

Washingtonian Readers Pick Their Favorite Bars and Restaurants

Founding Farmers voted one of the best brunches in DC by Washingtonian readers.


All Top Start Ups

Founding Farmer Founder Dan Simons Talks Labor Abuse and Climate Change

“As with anything involving ethics, it’s easier to just not look and let the blame fall to someone else, but as a consumer, you have the choice to punish those firms that turn a blind eye to abuses,” said Simons. “Founding Farmers is based around the idea that sustainability is more than a goal, it’s a requirement.”


Huffington Post

How to Respond To Bad Reviews, And Come Back Stronger

“We’re transparent about who we are and what we do. When we make a mistake, I want to know about it, take responsibility for it, and correct it. I acknowledge that with the wide range of difficult things our team tries to accomplish every day, and in our refusal to use chain-restaurant methodology to simplify and dumb things down, that we’ll fall short sometimes. I’m proud of our people who do the detailed, complex work that it takes to serve our guests every day.”


Full-Service Restaurant Magazine

Lessons In Leftovers

“The three Founding Farmers restaurants in and around Washington, D.C., also pride themselves on cross-utilization. “It’s rare when we have something that has a one-time use,” says managing partner Mary Carter. ‘It’s about making sure your menu has a lot of options for what you’re doing, and being as creative as you can.'”


restaurant + design magazine

Restaurant Reclamation

“People said we were crazy — we’re on the backside of an office building, the entrance is strange, and two restaurants have failed there.”


OpenTable

Restaurant Evolution: When to Change & When to Expand

“Deciding we were ready to expand was a combination of believing we had developed the managerial talent to still execute well, combined with the demand for reservations,” says Dan Simons, co-owner of Founding Farmers. “We had more demand than we had seats. There was a line out the door.” Once you’ve made that decision, though, the details matter.


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.”


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.”


Huffington Post

A New Deal For Farmers – How Founding Farmers Is Changing the Game

“Farming represents the backbone of America’s food machine. There are 3.2 million farmers in the United States, and this aging group has been getting a raw deal for some time. It’s all down to the way farmers do their business. But Founding Farmers is one startup looking to change that.”


Corporate Responsiblity Magazine

How a Group of Farmer-Owner Restaurants Uses the Family Farm as a Business Model for Sustainability

“It’s often assumed that it’s not possible to maintain high-level sustainability practices while still remaining profitable, especially in the restaurant business. But Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG), which operates a handful of popular restaurants in and around the nation’s capital, is doing just that.”


Washingtonian

Restaurants Are Now Being Designed With Instagram In Mind

“Interior designer Brooke Loewen of Grizform Design Architects points to the host stand at Founding Farmers Tysons. It’s a part of a restaurant that typically goes unnoticed, but there it depicts the bottom half of a horse, and its centaur-like effect makes it a desirable shot for customers: ‘Anytime a restaurant can get guests to interact with their brand—which interior design is a part of—and the guests post it, that’s the biggest endorsement.'”


Eater

Go Fish — Find Super-Trendy Poke at These Places in DC

“Poke finds its way onto this menu through a spicy ahi tuna poke salad, served with avocado, cabbage, onion, mint, basil, and peppers.”


Business Insider

The 20 best US cities to live in if you love to try new food


DC Modern Luxury

April Food + Drink Guide

“The modern American menu of this eco-chic eatery on the Georgetown waterfront has something for everyone (including a sushi bar!).”


Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine announced FFMoCo as “Best Restaurant in Potomac”

“Best Restaurant in Potomac (Readers’ Pick)”


Brightest Young Things

Happy Hour Hotline: Tiki Edition

“The tiki and tropical cocktail selection at Farmers Fishers Bakers is very extensive. Order the Suffering Georgetowner (with botanist gin, high west, rendezvous rye, lime, ginger, bitters, and seltzer) and think about what the implications of its name are. Or if you want to keep the mood light try the Islay Swizzle or Bahama Mama. Cheers!”


Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Alcoholic Punch

Farmers Fishers Bakers voted runner-up for Best Alcoholic Punch by Washington City Paper.


Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Brunch

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Brunch by Washington City Paper.


Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Downtown Lunch

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Downtown Lunch by Washington City Paper.


Washington City Paper

Reader Poll: D.C.’s Best Bloody Mary

Founding Farmers DC voted runner-up for Best Bloody Mary by Washington City Paper.


Washingtonian

Best of Washington

Readers chose Founding Farmers DC as a popular brunch spot in Washingtonian’s Best of Washington feature


Thrillist

The 16 Most Important Restaurants in DC

“Before the tidal wave of the “farm-to-table” movement swept DC, there was Founding Farmers. The restaurant was committed to working directly with farmers before it was a buzz-generating line to put on a menu. In fact, American family farmers from across the country collectively own it.”


CBS DC

D.C.’s Food Court: Fine Dining, Food Trucks, and Everything in Between

“If there’s one thing residents in the DMV know best, it’s how to brunch. So it’s no surprise several D.C.-area restaurants made OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America.”


US Green Business Council

USGBC loves DC: Greenbuild comes home- Restaurant feature

“We can’t make a list of top restaurants to visit while in DC attending Greenbuild without mentioning the obvious pick: Founding Farmers! Not only is this downtown restaurant LEED Gold, it also has some truly delicious food and drinks. Our pick: the grilled cheese and tomato soup!”


OpenTable

Hot Dog Day: A Dozen Delicious Must-Try Haute Dogs

“You know what they say about little hot dogs? Little buns. You can choose big flavored mini franks sassed up with tomato chow-chow, blue cheese and bacon, or our favorite, chili with shredded cheddar.”


Immersion Travel

10 Sustainable Restaurants in DC

“Whether patrons flock to the locations on Pennsylvania Ave. or suburban streets in Maryland and Virginia, they know they will have to wait for a while to be seated; time is a price to pay for dining at of the most popular restaurants in the area. Not only is the food sustainable, but the spaces themselves are LEED certified, which ensures that the construction and décor of the restaurants have minimal ecological impact.”


Eater

Vital Power Breakfast Spots to know in DC

“A stone’s throw from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, this restaurant draws tourists and deal makers to its well-regarded breakfasts and brunches.”


WTOP

No More Labels on Meat? What the Change in the Law Means for your Food

“‘At this point, we’ve just taken the ability for a consumer to be able to make a choice for them and their family,’ says Mary Carter, managing partner at D.C.’s Founding Farmers, a restaurant that espoused farm-to-table, long before it was a buzzword. ‘We’ve basically taken education away from people who want it. So now, consumers have no chance to make a choice, unless they absolutely have a relationship like we do with our vendors.’”


Capitol File

5 Mac and Cheese Dishes in DC Worth Indulging In

“Lobster mac & cheese at Founding Farmers: A masterful blend of Gouda, yellow cheddar, white cheddar, Gruyère, Grana Padano, and muenster, this hearty mac and cheese bowl from Founding Farmers is textured with breadcrumbs and topped off with an actual lobster tail.”


Washingtonian

8 Dark and Stormy Cocktails You Should Be Drinking Now

“Barman Jon Arroyo covers the classics, including a Dark and Stormy made the old fashioned way: Goslings black seal rum, ginger beer, and lime.”


Viva Tysons

Breakfast in Tysons Corner

“Sip on a coffee or espresso, try one of their cold-pressed juice blends, or even a breakfast cocktail while you’re devouring the best stuffed French toast or Farmhouse waffles you’ve ever had. How about some made-to-order beignets with raspberry coulis or chocolate?”


Eater

Iconic College Restaurants

Founding Farmers is one of the picks for iconic college restaurants (Georgetown University)


The New York Times

In All-Gender Restrooms, the Signs Reflect the Times

“There is no mistaking who can go where at the Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington, D.C.; its restroom doors read Men, Women and the Rest of Us. “I realized that for some people this is a stressful topic,” he added, “and I thought: ‘Why don’t I make it clear? We need a label that says no label.’ “


Restaurant Business Online

4 Ways to keep Recycling Costs in Check

“To keep compost and recyclables out of costly landfill garbage, the bins are color-coded and placed in strategic spots—for example, a bin for wine bottles sits by the doorway to the dining room. By contrast, there are no trash cans in sight.”


Washingtonian

Here Are Locals’ Favorite Places to Eat Around DC

“Stacks of extra-fluffy buttermilk pancakes practically demand that you factor in nap time.”


The Food Network 

50 States, 50 Breakfasts

“Talk about politically correct: This D.C. hot spot, just blocks from the White House, serves a breakfast that’s as eco-friendly as it is delicious. The chef coats free-range chicken in whole-wheat flour before frying it, then he pairs it with organic eggs, a waffle, and a creamy pepper gravy made from whole-wheat flour and antibiotic-free cream and butter.”


Bethesda Magazine

45 Great Places to Grab a Drink in Bethesda

“There’s a singular taste to many cocktails here, because they feature rye, gin and pisco distilled especially for the restaurant. Beverage director Jon Arroyo and his team use the spirits to handcraft both classic and more unique drinks”


Huffington Post

10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America

“From using recycled paper-composite countertops to using recycled paper menus with soy-based inks, Founding Farmers gets an A+ for all that they do to help Mother Earth.”


D.C. Modern Luxe

The 50 Finest

All eyes on Founding Farmers Tysons and the Diplomat Crepe Cake! “Stunning 17-layer cake is worthy of an Instagram before you take your first bite. Between each crepe is a generous slather of fluffy vanilla pastry cream. The towering wedge can be served plain or topped with strawberry-blueberry compote or hot fudge.”


OpenTable

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Founding Farmers D.C. recognized as one of the best places to eat with the kids.


Spoon University

The Best Waffles in Every State in America

“The waffles at Founding Farmers are made from scratch everyday, and can be topped with either fresh strawberries and cream, maple cinnamon sugar, bananas foster, or fried chicken.”


Washington Business Journal

Founding Farmers to open first location outside of D.C. area

“The group will open a Founding Farmers restaurant in the new King of Prussia Town Center, a 260,000-square-foot development from The JBG Cos. being built about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia and within walking distance of the massive King of Prussia mall.”


Arlington Magazine

Innovative Arlington Area Restaurants

“Venturing deeper into the space, one finds a barn-style bar with exposed rafters, a “sun tea room,” a carpeted main dining room (designed to feel like a living room) and “bedroom booths” that mimic the shape of four-poster beds with flowing drapery.”


Travel & Leisure

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State

“Profits go directly back to the producers, from the flourmill to the fruit orchard, making a meal here as much about feeding your soul as satisfying your appetite.”


Thrillist

Best Brunches Worth Leaving DC For

“Somehow, Founding Farmers manages to keep the farm-to-table concept alive and kicking, even when that idea may feel passe to some. It’s expanded both north and south these days, but is staying true to its origin, serving delicious food using ingredients that come straight from the farm.”


Forbes

OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunches in America

Forbes recognizes all Founding Farmers restaurants for being named among the top 100 in OpenTable’s Best Brunch spots in America.


FSR Magazine

Getting to the Source of Local Supply

“Mary Carter, the managing partner of the Founding Farmers flagship Washington, D.C. location agrees that finding a capable partner is key. She says the four-unit group, which also has locations in Maryland and Virginia, and is owned by the more than 40,000 members of the North Dakota Farmers Union, pays as much attention to how its product is grown and harvested as it does the zip code it came from”


USA Today

Where to Eat over Easter Weekend

“At Washington, D.C. favorite Founding Farmers, start with a board of Devil-ish Eggs.”


The Washington Post

DC’s Hottest Destinations According to Uber

Founding Farmers is recognized as a top dining destination in Downtown DC.


Washington City Paper

Chair Necessities: A lot of Thought Went Into your Restaurant Seat

“At the new Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner, all of the furniture is custom-made. To complete the “modern farmhouse” look, Loewen worked with fabricators to build furniture that looked residential, but could endure thousands of diners a week.”


OpenTable

Delicious Holiday Cocktails to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

“Health and wellness are a priority at Founding Farmers, so it’s no surprise that the winter beverage menu (offered through the end of February) spotlights fresh-pressed juices. Beverage Director John Arroyo’s Winter Pie features cold-pressed apple juice, vodka, lemon, and cinnamon syrup, garnished with fruit.”


The Washington Post

Why more and more people are making plans to dine out alone

“Founding Farmers also placed in the site’s nationwide list of the top 25 restaurants for solo diners in 2015, based on the number of one-person reservations, user ratings and recommendations from the site’s restaurant experts.”


Washington City Paper

2012 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant


Washington City Paper

2012 Reader’s Choice Winner:Best Cocktail Selection


Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

2011 RAMMY Winner: Best Bar/Mixology Program


Washington City Paper

2011 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant


Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

2010 RAMMY Finalist: Best Bar/Mixology Program


Washington City Paper

2010 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best American Restaurant


Food Network Magazine

Best Breakfast in Washington, D.C.


Department of Energy & Environment

2010 Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Outstanding Achievement by a Restaurant


Washingtonian

2009 Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants


Washington City Paper

2009 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best New Restaurant


Travel + Leisure

2009 Best New Restaurant in Washington, D.C.


Washington Post Express

2009 Express Night Out Winner: Best New Restaurant & Best Cocktails


Washington Post Express

2009 Express Night Out Winner: Best New Restaurant & Best Cocktails


OpenTable

OpenTable Diner’s Choice Winner: Most Booked Restaurant in the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area.


U.S. Green Building Council 

LEED Gold Certified Commercial Interior Space


U.S. Green Building Council 

LEED Gold Certified Commercial Interior Space


Through the Eyes of the Founding Farmer.