Founding Farmers, Part Deux: Potomac location doesn’t disappoint

November 3, 2011

Most of the time, sequels are not as good as the original.  That’s not the case with Founding Farmers‘ second location in Potomac, MD.  Thanks to my dear friend “Lady Red,” I had the opportunity to dine there this past weekend for their “soft” opening. (Grand opening today).  I was pleased to find the same great food and interesting drinks that have drawn me time and time again to the restaurant’s original location in Foggy Bottom.  As an added treat for MoCo peeps, the Potomac location (unlike the Foggy Bottom locale) hosts an “afternoon social” (or tea) weekdays from 2 to 5 pm.

Before I get to it: I bring you a gratuitous shot of red velvet pancakes on the table next to us.  We didn’t taste them, but they sure look good, don’t they?

Lady Red and I started off our feast with refreshing and tasty white peach Bellinis and hearty cornbread to prime our appetites.  (Because my appetite really needs to be “primed”.)  Best. Cornbread. Ever.


We shared the fried chicken and waffles with country gravy and diver scallops with butternut squash risotto. The fried chicken was peppery, crispy, and just plain awesome.  The risotto and scallops was heaven on the palate — creamy risotto, firm scallops, accented by sweet green peas.  If that’s not enough, three words: lemon. brown. butter.

I was so full after the entrees (which we didn’t even finish) that I thought I was going to cry.

Then Executive Pastry Chef Courtney Goldian (formerly of The Willard) brought us a sampler of her delectable treats.  Suddenly, like clouds slowly clearing after a thunderstorm to reveal the optimism of a clear blue sky, so too a little spot in my stomach freed up and spread — slowly, but surely. Soon I felt I had “plenty” of space for dessert.  I liked them all — peanut butter “cup”, apple galette (made with local apples), flourless chocolate cake, carrot cake, pistachio ice cream, red berry port sorbet, and Farmer’s “Oreo.”

My favorites were the peanut butter cup and the pistachio ice cream.  I’ve had a lot of pistachio ice cream in my time.  If you love it like I do, you need to order it at Founding Farmers. We got a chance to speak with Chef Goldian about what makes her pistachio ice cream so special. Goldian uses a special ingredient to make the pistachio ice cream taste more natural and pistachio-like than any other pistachio ice cream I’ve tasted.*

To the MoCo peeps reading this (or anyone else for that matter): Check this place out and let me know what you think!

[*Because I’m a serious journalist (ahem), I’m inclined to disclose a possible conflict of interest.  I’ve met Chef Goldian a few times before.  She may be related to Lady Red.  But, rest assured, my taste buds cannot be bought or otherwise compromised!]


Potomac's Founding Farmers
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
301.340.TRUE (8783)
Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 11am
Lunch and Dinner: Mon, 11am - 10pm; Tu - Th, 11am - 11pm; Fri, 11am - 12am;
  Sat, 4pm - 12am; Sun, 4pm - 10pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun, 9am - 2pm
Afternoon Social: Mon – Fri, 2pm – 5pm


Founding Farmers D.C.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
202.822.TRUE (8783)
Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 8am - 11am
Lunch and Dinner: Mon, 11am - 10pm; Tu - Th, 11am - 11pm; Fri, 11am - 12am;
  Sat, 2pm - 12am; Sun, 2pm - 10pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun, 9am - 2pm

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One Response to Founding Farmers, Part Deux: Potomac location doesn’t disappoint

  1. Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) on November 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Glad to hear it’s just as good as the original — I love Founding Farmers but the wait can be crazy, so maybe this one will be a little easier to get into. Also: major love for ‘afternoon social.’ Worth going for that alone.

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