First Look: Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, DC
I'll start this off with a bit of trivia: Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom has been the restaurant with the most bookings in the country on Open Table for the past 22 months straight. You can speculate whether or not that may be due to Washingtonians being more likely to make reservations or that we live more rigidly structured lives in general, but you have to admit that's an impressive statistic. So when sister restaurant, Farmers and Fishers, flooded with the rest of the Georgetown waterfront in 2011, it was sad news. But after over a year of repairs and retooling, the space reopened in November as the new Farmers Fishers Bakers.
Owned and operated by the same North Dakota Farmers Union as Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers looks and feels very familiar. The space is open and organic, with distinctly rustic, but modern styling. Rolling pins cover one wall, shovels with shafts carved into trees adorn a counter, and one of the dining spaces is an actual larder lined with jars of seasonal ingredients you'll find in some of your dishes.
The menu is similarly inspired by Americana, farmhouse tradition, and seasonality. From a sushi bar (reservation only) to jambalaya, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers a diverse selection of regionally inspired, fresh dishes. Emphasis on fresh. The only freezer in the kitchen is the one used for ice cream. Many dishes are designed to be shared (described as "farmhouse style" instead of family style). Favorites like the Brick Oven Pretzels (comes with several dipping sauces) and the pizzas offer plenty of choices for group dining.
Throw in the views of the waterfront and ice skating rink (for the winter) and Farmers Fishers Bakers is one of the best places in DC to dine while taking in a view. Fans of Founding Farmers won't come away wanting from Farmers Fishers Bakers eclectic, but always farm sensible and fresh menu.
Check out the slideshow for a sampling of the dishes at Farmers Fishers Bakers.