Hope you’re having nice weekends so far. I’m continuing to enjoy myself here in D.C.! Last night, I went to dinner at Founding Farmers in D.C. with a bunch of my high school BFF’s.
When my friend Jenny suggested Founding Farmers as an option I was really excited since I’ve been wanting to try this place for awhile now! It’s eco-friendly and sustainable and all about fresh, local produce, which I love. She warned the service was really really slow, but said that the food was good. Well, unfortunately not only was the service really slow (waiting 20 minutes before even getting a hello/water), but the food was a total bust, too. I’m sorry to say I will be sharing my very first negative restaurant review!
The decor was cool, I liked the vibe in the restaurant, and I had a great time catching up with the girls, but the food and service totally sucked.
I ordered the fish special of the day — Arctic Char — prepared “Napa Provencal” style with olives, tomato, onions, and capers. Sounds and looks good, right?
Well, unfortunately the fish was dry and pretty bland — the toppings were good but there weren’t enough of them to make the dish tasty. My friend Dinah had the same fish prepared with roasted hazelnut butter, but it was also SUPER dry and with almost no topping.
As for sides… I ordered sautÃ©ed greens with bacon (sounded good but was also pretty blah… no idea how you can make something with bacon blah, but they did) and roasted vegetables with barley — which I didn’t receive since our waitress was too cool for school and didn’t write down our orders. Bah. I’m not a fan of that new trend where waiters don’t write things down! They always get something wrong.
Instead of the barley/roasted veggies, I got caramelized cauliflower and artichoke hearts, which sounded good but wasn’t all that tasty, either… just kind of bland/boring. Boo!
My friend Joy ordered the fish as well, and the waitress also messed up her side dish orders. She got the barley, which she didn’t want. This is where things really went south. I mean, waiters mess up side dishes/orders all the time, whatever, no big deal. But please look at the barley on the left side of the plate:
See how half of it was basically black and completely burned or undercooked or something?! It was SO hard it literally almost broke our teeth. I can’t BELIEVE the restaurant served that to us! I told the waitress and she didn’t apologize but she did bring us another side of barley, prepared as it should have been. Check out the difference:
Actually cooked well, although REALLY bland. And since it was advertised as “roasted veggies,” pretty lame that there was only like one tiny roasted veggie included. And the waitress charged us for everything, too!
Oh, well. What was lacking in food/service was made up for by the awesome company :) (And the delicious glass of Chardonnay that I had!)
I had a blast catching up with the girls!
Love them. They are the type of friends where you can not talk for a few months, then get together and pick up right where you left off with hilarious stories and the-whole-restaurant-is-staring-at-us laughter. It’s so nice having friends that have known you for ages :) We all went to high school together down the road in Falls Church, VA!
Speaking of high school, before dinner I stopped over at my high school friend Ben’s place for a fun photo shoot in his home studio! He’s an amazing photographer and told me to swing by next time I was around so he could get some photos. Clearly I took him up on it! How fun is this photo??
Heh. More to come!
If you’re in the DC area and need a photographer, Ben is great, very reasonably priced, and does weddings, engagement photos, studio portrait-style shots, family photos, anything! Click here to check out his portfolio and for his contact info. He also has a cool blog where he’s been doing a “Project 365” (post a photo every day for a year) photo challenge — he’s on Day 124 now and it has become one of my favorite blogs to check daily as he’s posted some really cool stuff (this one is probably my favorite… or this one!).
Anyway! I’m off to relax. Have a good one :)
Have any of you local DC peeps been to Founding Farmers? What did you think? Maybe I just ordered wrong, because a couple of the other girls liked what they got. I just seriously couldn’t believe the totally rock hard barley, though!