Founding Farmers DC

1924 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Just a few blocks from the White House, this farm-to-table spot is so hot that lines often stretch down the block, even at breakfast. Good news for singles and doubles: Seats at the ample bar turn over more quickly and are first-come, first-served. The menu reflects the restaurant’s unique position as a 40,000-farmer-strong cooperative. At breakfast, dig into a roasted vegetable scramble (don’t skip the smoky grilled housemade ciabatta balanced on the edge of your plate), chicken and waffles, or red velvet pancakes and know that the ingredients are as fresh and local as they can be. The emphasis on freshness goes for cocktails, too—Founding Farmers’ bar offerings regularly rank high in the Washington City Paper’s annual polls, so order a Bloody Mary, why don’t you?

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