Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fishers Farmers Bakers for Eaters Movers Shakers

Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K Street NW
Washington Harbour
Washington, DC 20007
202-298-TRUE (8783)

They were gone for a while, but now they're back, though it's no longer Founding Farmers or Farmers and Fishers. This is a new restaurant all together.
All of the restaurants at the waterfront in Georgetown got flooded during a huge storm about 2 years ago and FFB joins Tony and Joe's in whole restaurant makeovers.
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 I always liked the layout and attention to detail in the construction of the original Founding Farmers. VSAG has taken this to a new level in Farmers Fishers Bakers. 
 These folks like to do a lot of things from scratch and they're not shy about sharing it.  Many of their herbs, preserved foods, and other staples are on display for you to see.  This slightly secluded area is to your right after you walk in the main entrance. Note the wall decorations...
 Here's another shot of that table.
The indoor-grow room divider.
This is the dining room to the right.  It's lined with goodies they can/preserve for use in the restaurant.
This is the bar, which has been moved to a more central location and has many more seats that than the original configuration.  That's Mr. Aroyo, mixologist extraordinaire hiding in the back.
Reclaimed furnishings and decorations are the order of the day here.  Note the tires...real tires, not tire patterns.
This stove had a potpourri with star anise and oranges boiling on it...you could smell it throughout the restaurant.  Very nice.
This is a view from the dining room to the left.  Lots of outside space overlooking the fountain.
Many of the columns have art on them.  Neat touch.
This is a water sculpture of sorts, with the men's room to the right and the lady's room door to the left.....note the window behind the tub....
The window behind the tub is notable because it is made of one-way glass.  This is the view from the commode in the men's room.  You can actually see directly into the restaurant while you're sitting on the john. I did not have occasion to use it, so I'm not sure if it would be liberating or induce some serious stage-fright.  Time will tell.
The fun doesn't stop with the commode.  Note the pincer art above the urinals.  
The kitchen didn't lose much space in the remodel.  It's huge.  Nicely tended to as well.
The bakery part of the kitchen is open to the dining room.  Nice artwork on the fronting.  They produce baked goods for their other restaurants here as well.
More column art...
Last, but not least, Fried Chicken with Grits.  Very good.  This was as crispy as some of the best duck confit you're likely to have.  The grits had just enough acid to balance out the creaminess.
This was my dining companion's meal of Chicken Tenders with Street Corn Off the Cobb.  I didn't get to taste it, but it looked good.
To help scrub some of that cholesterol out of my veins I had a side salad named Drag Through The Garden. As you'd expect, it was tasty and had nice fresh veggies.

Bottom line?  A nice comeback from a very unfortunate flood.  The new restaurant that has risen from the ashes of the old is superior and I wish them the best of luck. 

If you stop in, tell them you read about it on Pleasures of the Table.
Thank you.
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