Tuesday, April 27, 2010
For those of you that don't know, the "Green Movement" is very much still alive and I'm loving it. This vast and sweeping movement to save the Earth is quickly becoming an uber-cool thing to do. It is now spreading to the restaurant biz and not a moment too soon. For, the amount of waste produced by restaurants each week must be staggering. Founding Farmers Restaurant in Washington D.C. is claiming the spot of Greenest Restaurant in D.C.
This is evident from moment you step in the restaurant and is made more clear by a buzzing dissertation by our waiter on just why this is D.C.'s greenest restaurant. We ordered our drinks and a carafe of purified water and waited for them to arrive. Sitting at a round table with four other diners and being a passionate food blogger means one thing, I get to try all of the dishes involved without much protest from the others. I started on my left and went around the table until I got to the last dish. Only one of the diners had an appetizer and I'm extremely glad he did. The Clam Chowder was nothing short of spectacular. It reminded me of being on the beach in Maine. Perfect stuff.
I had heard a few good things about the 17 Vegetable Salad with Farmers' Best Variety of Savory, Sweet, and Crunchy Bites Tossed in Champagne Vinaigrette. And it didn't fail to impress. In fact, one diner called this the best salad she had ever eaten. I'm not sure if it was the best salad I've ever eaten, but it was as good as a bunch of lettuce and veggies could be.
Up next was my Frisco Burger with Ground-to-order Beef, White Cheddar, Bacon, Avocado, and Louie Dressing on a Founding Farmers Homemade Bun. I asked for medium and unfortunately got well done, but other than that, this Burger was a monster of taste. Bacon which tasted like the stuff you'd get in England, meat that was clearly a step above most other Burger joints in D.C. and Fries that were skin-on and fabulous. Following the curve of the table, I tried my wife's Southern Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk-Marinated Fried Chicken served atop Iceberg and Romaine with Bacon, Avocado, Red Onion, Tomatoes and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar with Honey Mustard-Ranch Dressing. Another beautiful Salad. The Chicken was crispy, golden and perfectly flavored. Paired with the Honey Mustard-Ranch Dressing, this was a Salad to talk about for a while.
The Fresh-Ground Vegetable Burger with Fresh-Ground Vegetables, Nuts, and Grains Grilled and Glazed with Joe's BBQ Sauce and topped with White Cheddar, served on a Founding Farmers Bun made me a believer in Veggie Burgers. As long as they tasted like this one. My last dish, a Prime Rib Dip Sandwich with Thin Slices of Tender Prime Rib Beef, Swiss Cheese, and Sweet Grilled Onions on House-Baked Ciabatta, served with a side of Jus completed the meal perfectly. No need for dessert. My belly was beyond sated.
The drinks which accompanied our meals were also nothing short of foodie gold. The Ginger Ale tasted like it had a pound of Ginger and Raw Sugar in it. Perhaps the best I've had. The Farmers Tea was equally good. My Chimay was as it normally is and the purified water was everything our waiter had said it was. All in all, Founding Farmers has won me over. The fact that they are Washington D.C.'s greenest restaurant is the icing on the cake. It makes me feel a little less guilty about my insatiable gluttony for gastronomic delights.
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