Eater DC

Where to Eat Around Tysons Corner

“The burgeoning Founding Farmers chain has taken its act to Tysons Corner, serving the same modern American cooking that lures diners to its other area locations from breakfast through dinner — people here crave the Cedar Park salmon. Portions are generous, and seasonally inspired cocktails are a worth a try as well.”

Reston Now

Tonight: ‘Art Reveal’ at Founding Farmers in Reston Station

“The interior of the restaurant includes work by local and regional artists, all centered around the theme of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. Featured artwork includes a North Dakota Farmers  Union Laundry line, which hangs from the restaurant’s ceiling.”

Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine Announces 2018 Green Award Winners

“MoCo Founding Farmers, a Potomac restaurant, has prioritized eco-friendly practices. In June, the restaurant and national chain its part of launched an initiative to eliminate the use of plastic straws. It uses recycled and refurbished materials in its restaurant construction and efficient lighting and smart heating and cooling systems.”

Vacation Idea

25 Best Burgers in D.C.

“The restaurant is constructed and decorated with many recycled and refurbished materials and they recycle waste and compost wherever possible. The restaurant serves several farm-fresh beef, turkey, and veggie burgers. The burgers are topped with fresh ingredients and served with fries, Farmers chips, or something else from their side menu.”

USA Today

Profitable eateries: Highest grossing restaurants in America

“This unique LEED Gold Certified establishment, which opened in 2008, is one of five restaurants — four in the D.C. area, one in Pennsylvania — owned primarily by more than 47,000 family farmers belonging to the North Dakota Farmers Union. Hundreds of farms involved supply raw materials to the restaurants.”

Valley Forge

Top Ice Cream Picks

“Enjoy Founding Farmers delicious house-churned ice cream in a float, shake or specialty sundae – or topping a homemade slice of pie. Feeling fancy? Try the affogato: a scoop of ice cream with espresso, cold nitro brew or Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro shot.”


The Classics: The Most Iconic Dishes in Washington, D.C.

“This top seller has been on the menu since opening day. Baked in a cast-iron skillet, the kernel-pocked round arrives warm from the oven.”


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.”

 Eater DC

Fried Food Fans Are Happy Founding Farmers Found Its Way to Reston

“Probably the best chicken I’ve had since moving from Louisiana.”

Northern Virginia Magazine

Newest Founding Farmers location nods to Monticello

“The team did extensive research about Jefferson and visited Monticello in order to inform the design and menus.”

Eater DC

Founding Farmers Is Now Open in Reston

“The Reston outpost features familiar offerings from across the growing family of restaurants including specialty doughnuts, locally distilled spirits, gourmet burgers, fried chicken (with or without waffles), and more.”

Reston Now

Now Open: Founding Farmers at Reston Station

Founding Farmers, a 13,000-square-foot restaurant, is now open at 1904 Reston Metro Plaza.”


N.D. Farmers Union Opens 7th Restaurant in Virginia

“Like other Founding Farmers restaurants, the newest storefront will feature made-from-scratch comfort food served at affordable prices with ingredients sourced from American family farms and ranches.”

Hungry Lobbyist

Best Restaurants by Every D.C. Metro Stop

“To help make it easy, the team put together your new go-to cheat sheet for the best places to eat no matter where your train stops (here’s looking at you weekend single tracking!).”


The Secret to Founding Farmers’ Popularity Includes a Staff Masseuse and House Vodka

“The decade-old comfort food spot is one of the most-booked, highest-grossing restaurants in the country.”

Washington Post

Right outside the nation’s capital lies a county bursting with culture

“Taking the “farm-to-table” mantra extremely seriously, Founding Farmers in Potomac is supplied by family farms and owned by a union of more than 47,000 farmers.”

Eater DC

Local Chain Founding Farmers’ New Reston Restaurant Arrives April 11

“The Founding Farmers currently taking shape in Reston, Virginia, is now scheduled to open on Wednesday, April 11, with management planning to pay homage to former President Thomas Jefferson — a founding father who also happened to be one of America’s earliest foodies.”


Founding Farmers Reston Is An Ode to Thomas Jefferson-With Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

“The Founding Fathers theme will continue at Founding Farmers’ forthcoming Reston restaurant. This time, though, it’s all about Thomas Jefferson (minus the man-bun, sorry).”

NYC Food Policy

NYC Food Policy Center Interview with Kathleen Merrigan

“We are doing it with the Farmers Restaurant Group and National Farmers Union to put out basic literacy factoids for people.”

 Main Line Today

20 Best New Restaurants on the Main Line

“At this all-day restaurant, bar and bakery in the humming King of Prussia Town Center, the cheery First Bake Cafe & Creamery greets patrons on the main level, offering house-roasted coffees, fresh-churned ice cream, and freshly baked bagels, doughnuts and pastries.”

 Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

When farmers own restaurants

“The mission of Farmers Restaurant Group is to pay family farmers more for the products,” Simons said. “Even if they don’t supply us product, farmers can partake in the profit sharing as investors. This model gives them a way to participate in the profitability of a food business that reflects their values.”

Washington Business Journal

 3 Food and Beverage Execs you need to know

“The secret? “We’re cooking for the people, not the critics,” Vucurevich says, and being successful means staying on trend with what the people want to eat. This fall, Founding Farmers jumped on the growing plant-based food trend and added the “Impossible Burger,” a vegetarian burger that looks and tastes like beef.”

Washington Business Journal

5 ways your lunchtime schmoozing will change

“Sarah Van Dell started Plum Relish, which delivers bento-box-style meals designed by chef-driven restaurant groups such Mike Isabella Concepts and Farmers Restaurant Group, with this demographic in mind. Since her launch, she’s tweaked the model, reducing the minimum number of meals required to accommodate the likes of board meetings.”

Eater DC

Original Founding Farmers is King of Yelp Reviews in D.C.

“Co-owner Dan Simons says the restaurant group doesn’t actively do anything to encourage Yelp reviews, but he and his team try to respond to every post either publicly or with a private message. They make a point of not typing differently than they talk. No copy and paste. No form letters.”


Founding Farmers Sets DC Record For Number of Yelp Reviews

“Co-owner Dan Simons says the restaurant group doesn’t actively do anything to encourage Yelp reviews, but he and his team try to respond to every post either publicly or with a private message. They make a point of not typing differently than they talk. No copy and paste. No form letters.”

Brightest Young Things

Vegetarian Reuben Roundup

Founding Farmers features a veggie Reuben on their meatless menu, and it is simplest and most classic of all the veggie Reubens. Mushrooms are served on a bed of kraut and topped with Swiss cheese, sandwiched between house made seeded rye bread.

Huffington Post

High Quality Food and Convenience: One Smart Partnership Working to Deliver Better Food to the Office

 “On most regular workdays, we know people can’t or don’t want to take the time to leave the office to eat, or even leave the office to pick up food,” says Founding Farmers co-owner Dan Simons. “But we also know many want and need good food to keep their productivity up. We are working in multiple ways to get our wholesome, scratch-made food to people at their desks.”

The Washington Post

Gene Weingarten vs. the meatless Impossible Burger: Will he taste victory? Let’s Eat: How we roll Now in

We met up at Founding Farmers in Washington, the first local place to serve Impossible Burgers. I set it up as a taste test. Bruce ordered the Impossible Burger. Rachel ordered the Impossible Burger. I ordered two burgers: one beef, one Impossible.

The Town Dish

An Evolution of Farm-to-Table: Founding Farmers Opens in King of Prussia

“‘When your restaurant’s majority owners are more than 47,000 American family farmers, then we can promise that our purchasing dollars align with those values—which are our values, too,” said Dan Simons, Founding Farmers co-owner. Simons, along with co-owner Michael Vucurevich and King of Prussia managing partner Francis Lake, built the restaurant around a commitment to honor hardworking farmers.”


Flower Power: 10 Top Cauliflower Dishes to Order Now

“No cows were harmed in the making of this steak. The cauli-filet is so tender you can cut it with a butter knife. Risotto fills out the plate.”

Eater Philly

Thanksgiving in Philly: Where to Dine Out

“The new Founding Farmers in King of Prussia Town Centerwill serve a Thanksgiving dinner that starts right with cornbread, biscuits, and brioche rolls. Diners choose among several entrees (turkey, glazed ham, fried chicken, prime rib, pork tenderloin, fish, and a mushroom loaf). A host of sides come with the meal: mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted autumn vegetables, and cornbread stuffing. Dessert includes a choice of several pies or carrot cake.”

Philly Inquirer

Let’s Eat: Bring your clubs to  club

“You want it, you pretty much can get it at the sprawling Founding Farmers, which just opened in King of Prussia Town Center. There’s a bake shop, a creamery, a bar pouring house-made spirits, and well-portioned, American food. Day starts with breakfasts served at the Reading Terminal-inspired U-shaped counter on the first floor, and segues to lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks upstairs.”

Philly Inquirer

Founding Farmers keeps farming legacy alive at King of Prussia Town Center

“If you read the trade magazines, most restaurants are trying to save on costs, like how to buy frozen food, hire co-packers and outsourcing, and shrink the kitchen and use kiosks instead of human beings,” Simons said. “But to do really awesome food that you are proud of, you have to be willing to grow and train people.”


6 Must-Try Hotdogs in D.C.

The hot dog here falls in line with the Foggy Bottom restaurant’s commitment to sourcing locally: The beef hot dogs are made by Stachowski’s in Georgetown, the buns are made by sister restaurant Farmers Fishers Bakers, the chili is made in-house with seasonal ingredients and it’s all garnished with minced yellow onions and Tillamook Cheddar.

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.”

Philadelphia Business Journal

Look inside D.C.’s Founding Farmers as it preps for KoP debut

“The 14,046-square-foot, bi-level outpost is a unique model within the Farmers Restaurant Group portfolio of restaurants; it will be a first-of-its-kind for the group, which hired over 200 people for the King of Prussia outpost.”

Times Herald

Opening Soon: Founding Farmers, First Bake Cafe at King of Prussia Town Center

“What is arguably the crowning jewel of the King of Prussia Town Center dining scene will open its doors on Nov. 1.”

Eater Philly

Upcoming Philly Restaurants: More Hoagies, Tacos, and Pizza Heading This Way

“The first Philly-area location of Founding Farmers is opening in King of Prussia Town Center on November 1. The restaurant, which started in Washington, D.C., is majority owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union, made up of more than 47,500 family farmers. The King of Prussia location is 14,000 square feet, with a restaurant, bar, and cafe/ice cream shop.”


Founding Farmers’ New Vegetarian Burger Smells, Tastes, and Bleeds Like Meat

“California-based Impossible Foods is doing just that. Its first product, the Impossible Burger, will be served at all three DC-area Founding Farmers restaurants starting today, plus sister ventures Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.”

Brightest Young Things

Columbus Day Brunch in D.C.

The Town Dish

Founding Farmers Sets an Opening Date at King of Prussia

“Big news for everyone who’s excited about Founding Farmers coming to the Philly area: Founding Farmers King of Prussia has set an official opening date of Wednesday, November 1, and reservations are already going on the books.”

Philly Mag

Founding Farmers Sets an Opening Date at King of Prussia

“Wednesday, November 1st is the official opening day, but reservations are already being accepted. Know why that matters for what is essentially an enormous chain restaurant? Because this particular enormous chain restaurant (or at least the D.C. location) has been the single most booked restaurant on Open Table for six years running.”

Philly Inquirer

It’s about the Center City shopping, too, new marketing push says

“I see them as clearly, distinctively separate markets,” Simons said. “If an opportunity opens up in Center City with a landlord that loves us and a specific neighborhood that loves us, then I would go for it, be it in six months or six years.”

Eater DC

Labor Day Brunch Guide


8 Reasons Your Kids Should Work in Restaurants

“Sitting down with Dan Simons, co-owner of the most booked restaurant in the nation on OpenTable, Founding Farmers, we learned a lot about why restaurant work is not only a draw for teens and young adults but why he thinks every kid, beginning with teenagers, should work in restaurants.”

Washington City Paper

When You Weren’t Looking Uber and Lyft Shaped D.C.’s Restaurant Scene

“The company keeps track of the bars and restaurants that customers request rides to the most. In 2016, the Foggy Bottom location of Founding Farmers was the most frequented restaurant…”

Philadelphia Business Journal

D.C. eatery Founding Farmers bringing unique concept to KoP outpost, hiring 200

“Washington, D.C.-based restaurateurs this fall will open their first eatery outside the nation’s capital in King of Prussia, which will employ about 200 people and serve as a sort of pilot model that could have business implications as the company grows.”

Brightest Young Things

5 Brunches To Try This Weekend: Vegetarian Edition

“You can find some great vegetarian brunch plates here for yourself (or to share), including a wide selection of savory and sweet. Stuffed french toast, red velvet pancakes and peanut butter banana toast? Oh my! Take your sweet toothed wholesome veggie friend here and they’ll love you forever.”


Flippin’ For Pancakes

Local Yelpers talk their favorite pancake spots.


America’s 50 Best Breakfast Spots

“The food here is always seasonal and fresh with an emphasis on all-American dishes in generous portions. Try the classic egg’s benedict or the red velvet cupcakes. You won’t be disappointed.”

Brightest Young Things

BYT Burger Guide

“Choose from two veggie burger options: a rice, bean, and tofu option for something lighter and nutrient filled, and a more decadent cranberry and brie veggie burger, for something heavier and more decadent. ”

Battered and Brewed

Battered and Brewed Food on Tour: Where Entertainers Eat and Drink Across the Country

Country music star, Lindsay Lawler, names FFDC as one of her favorite spots to eat when she’s on the road.


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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 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.”


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.


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.”


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.'”


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.


Best of Washington

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


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.”


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!”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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?”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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


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 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.