As first impressions go, I really liked the décor and design of dark wood, smoked glass and great lighting pieces. In keeping with their overall philosophy, they are also LEED (gold) certified. I was a bit wary about the service after having read quite a few reviews complaining about the slow pace. After an initial lull prior to ordering, the rest of the service went off without a hitch and at the perfect pace.
I was there for dinner with my husband so we decided to share a salad and two entrées. I also meant to order the fried green tomato appetizer and totally forgot. Next time. Next time.
For the salad, we shared the small portion Late Harvest. It was delicious with spinach, blue cheese, egg, hunks of bacon and fried onions tossed in vinaigrette. I have to take a moment to talk about the bacon. This isn’t your standard crumbled bacon. Bacon lovers delight, these are actual thick chunks of chopped bacon. They made the salad. Can’t wait to have it again!
For our entrées we shared the short ribs with mashed potatoes and steamed kale. This was also very good although the actual meat portion was on the smaller side. Perhaps I’m just imagining that considering I think we would have easily put away several pounds of it given the chance! The meat was incredibly tender and the bbq sauce was sweet and smoky. The perfect combination. The mashed potatoes were decent but the kale was off the charts. I really love kale so maybe I am once again exaggerating but it was light, lemony and very fresh.
For our past dish we had the Straw and Hay. They make all of their own noodles in house and I think that was the stand out of the dish. My husband didn’t love it (he claims it never had a chance following up the short rib dish) but I thought it was really nice. Perhaps the cream sauce was just a little too heavy for me. Otherwise, the thick ribbon pasta tossed with asparagus, baby peas, mushrooms and hunks of bacon worked for me.
I did also end up ordering a cocktail from the “Recession Proof” section of the cocktail menu called the Rio 16. It was only ok. Perhaps if I would have splurged for one of the pricier options, it would have been more interesting. It was tiny and a lot like drinking limeade. As for dessert we were way too stuffed to try anything.
Overall it was a great dinner and I’m looking forward to going again. There were so many things I wanted to try on the menu I’m sure I’ll need a few more visits. In the end, our bill came to only $60.00 which is a pretty good deal these days. So if you’re looking for a nice atmosphere and a wide range of options at a decent price, head over to Founding Farmers.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20006