Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

4.4
9931 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We have been working together to do everything we can to ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are currently serving our scratch-made food and drink in our heated, ventilated tent. We also have breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and weekday happy hour. If you would prefer to stay at home, we have To Go and delivery everyday. Our hot ready-to-eat Founding Farmers favorites are available To Go for breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as our At Home special seasonal menus, which are started in our kitchens and ready to be finished in yours. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and are continuing to adapt our operations to keep all of us as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9931 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun night out with the lady. Michael was our server, kept the drinks rolling, good man. Would go again.

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Sofia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really cozy set up outside. Was not cold at all with heaters and the tent. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

There were 3 -60 pound dogs in the tent with 3 screaming 8 year olds. The waiters fed the dogs! I will never come back.

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vipEdat202
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid, we sat outdoors in a well ventilated group tent. There were heaters.

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MsRichards
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food, service, and overall atmosphere was amazing! While we had to sit outside due to Covid we were seated in a warm tent. I loved the experience and definitely will be dining again soon.

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vipPrettyRicki
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

The restaurant only had outdoor seating but because of poor planning, didn't have propane for the heaters! We were absolutely freezing and raced through our meal - because the food got cold quickly too. They had one fireplace at the end which was more decorative than useful. Won't be back until they fix the heaters or until the weather is warm. A real shame because we eat there all the time and the food and staff are lovely.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi PrettyRicki: I am so so sorry to read this! I feel beyond terrible you were freezing and sincerely apologize we dropped the ball this time. :( That said, I'd love to connect with you and do my best to find a solution to turn around your disappointment with this visit. I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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MaryonneS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great but due to COVID restrictions only outdoor dining, it was a bit cold due to lack of heaters. But worth it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Outside dining. The heaters never worked. So cold

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Reet
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Booked a table in the indoor tent with heating ahead of time. After arriving at the restaurant was told a seat inside the tent was not available and was given an outdoor table with a broken heat lamp in 35 degree weather. Poor experience, service was lacking and I was freezing.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 30, 2020

Oh gosh- I am beyond sorry for the lack of accommodation, poor service and overall, uncomfortable experience you had with us. :( I would love to touch base and hopefully make this up to you! I will send you a DM with my contact info to continue this conversation. -Amy

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vipGinaL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 26, 2020

Thank you, Gina!! We really appreciate it and hope to have you back again soon. :) -Amy

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vipDennisA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers is STILL a great restaurant to visit - even during the Draconian limitations being put upon restaurants in Montgomery County during the Covid 'crisis'. They have a lovely tent and great heating systems set up. It was pouring down rain during our Christmas Eve dinner - but the experience was just fun! Food excellent as always! Divine cocktails.... nice evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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Lori
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They shut down all indoor dining in Montgomery county so we sat outside and it was nice and toasty with the very warm heater is an enclosed with a tent so I highly recommend this restaurant even when it’s freezing cold outside.

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SydneyL
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience2

The food was good, was totally disrupted by a “dog”, next to us while trying to eat. It really bothered my allergies. I did not know that the restaurant allows dogs. Very disappointing.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 24, 2020

Hi Sydney: I am super sorry for the disruptive "dog" that was nearby. We do allow well-behaved, leased dogs on our patio and service dogs inside our dining room. That said, I would love to gather some more info from your review- where were you seated and did you alert our team to your allergy- if you did, I feel awful we didn't relocate you! I want to make sure we learn from our mistakes with your experience this time and make this right! I will send you a DM to connect further. -Amy

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DamecaO
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Sitting outside was very cold even with the space heaters. The restaurant wasn’t very busy, but our food still took awhile and a burger order was not cooked properly!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 23, 2020

Oh no! I am so so sorry the ambiance, service and food all fell short this time. :( I would love to turn this around, and will send you a follow up note with my contact info. Thank you for letting us know these details and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy

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Jonesdw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Fri Dec 18, 6:45pm temps 33 degrees feeling 29 ambient air temperature. Single reservation.

The hostess escorted me outside to the right away from the cover tent and seated me in an exposed, unseated table at the end of human existence. Sending a strong message to seat him out of the way. She seated several customers that came in after me in the tent. There was on other party of two seated outside in my area with a dedicated heat lamp, shaded to reflect the heat directly on them. The waiter took my order, the hostess escorted other patrons to the tent and would glance over at me and kept walking. After 20 minutes of exposure I got up, went inside and asked for my waiter. I told him to box my food and settle my tab. I told him it is too cold and no heat was provided for accommodation. I told him it was very inconsiderate of the hostess to seat ANYONE in a spot like that with no regard to their well-being. She knew there was no heat at that table.

I guess the waiter informed the Manager because she came over to speak with me. She listened and I had to stop her as she started justifying the hostess’ poor decision to seat anyone as thoughtless as she did using COVID-19 as an excuse. I told he’s that COVID has nothing to do with providing heat and ensuring your customers are accommodated within reason. She said I should have ask for a heater. She also offered to seat me in the tent.
1) that should have been the first place I was seated, not dropped in a corner convenient for her. (And there were seats available in the tent because I watched her seat subsequent parties there).
2) Why should a guest have to ask you for heat? It’s 29 degrees and an uncovered exposed area. You should be taking the initiative to ensure your guests have reasonable accommodations. What is worse is you didn’t take a moment to ask “are you ok, is this ok”? “Let me move a heat lamp Over”. That is just a matter of being considerate of others. She really could have cared less

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 21, 2020

Oh goodness. Derrek, I am beyond sorry for the disappointing accommodation and lack of consideration encountered with my teammates at our Potomac FF location. :( This was in poor taste and again, my apologies we left you completely dissatisfied with the outcome of this experience. With this said, I would love the chance to follow up and do my best to make this right. I will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully continue this conversation. -Amy

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Renee
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice varied menu with consistent quality throughout. Tented dining was great in the main are with the fire pit. Mixed drinks were not great however and seemed overpriced, but perhaps that is just my view. Service was better than average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The outdoor setting was pretty but heat lamps were out of gas, service was slow, food was barely mediocre and bill was high. Terrible experience all around. Will not return.

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MAJH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. Had a reservation for outdoor dining but they were backed up and we choose indoor. We felt comfortable with the spacing at tables. The wait service was great. Our orders were correct and they made sure we had want we needed/wanted. The food was excellent. We had the chicken and waffles, Virginia and Cheddar scramble , the mushroom, spinach scramble with eggs white and the protein breakfast adding French toast. The portions were good. Smaller then the other times we have gone. But we left full and content.

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on a Sunday and it was delicious!! Breakfast and lunch options were good and they were very helpful with making some substitutions for picky eaters. Love that everything is made in-house. Be sure to try the beignets!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thanks Rachel! We appreciate it so much and hope to have you back again soon! :) -Amy

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Disappointed
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Your portions are small and prices high!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 14, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and our team is real sorry for the disappointment you had with the quality & quantity of our menu items. We appreciate you letting us know your take away and will surely take this into account! We hope to have you back for another try and please call us: 301-340-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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FrankA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very attentive and quickly responded to our requests. The food met our expectations.

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Mell
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I went for breakfast with a friend she order the egg whites with avocado toast while half way eating our meal she noticed her eggs had two pieces of hair we sent the food back & got a new plate but even then how can no one noticed pieces of hair in egg whites the banana foster waffles were amazing

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 14, 2020

Hi Mell: I am super sorry to read that the eggs ordered were not up to par. :( We appreciate you letting us know and I would love the chance to make this right. I will send you a DM with my email address and hope to be in touch soon! -Amy

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vipRealFoodie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service. Great food. Why aren't there more people here? Cleanest and safest place in town.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 10, 2020

Aww! Thank you so much! :) We appreciate you sharing this and wish you a wonderful Holiday Season! -Amy

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greatexperience
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. My friend and I had a nice lunch where we could just sit talk. .My favorite go to place.

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BetsyS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Catfish was great. Hominy/Corn was outstanding. Service was also great. Thanks ... had a wonderful time.

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vipSunny
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waiter was awesome- we chose to eat outside and it was brisk to say the least. He brought over an extra heater as we were the only ones outside. It made our meal much better. He was also very attentive considering that he had tables both inside and just us outside.

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vipJohnP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always love FF food. My go to place for out of towners or just when I want to level up on fine dining. I have been going there for...oh 5yrs and I have not had a bad meal. They are great for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner...if going for Breakfast/Brunch a reso is recommended as they have biscuits that will make you want to slap yo mamma...some one back in that kitchen is putting their pinky toe in those biscuits...and all the food in general!

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Hersh
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was excited to finally go to Founding Farmers in MoCo having had it on my "to do" list for a year now.....but I was disappointed. I Won't go back. Saw food and trash under our table on the floor, messy bathrooms, the entire place felt "off". I understand the Covid changes, and the place was probably understaffed....but I've dined out recently and had better experiences. The place had no ambiance. The was just okay (our table ordered grilled cheese, burgers, and steak) Nothing was outstanding.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 8, 2020

Thank you, Hersh for taking the time to share your review with us. We are super sorry for this visit failed to measure up by all counts, and sadly left you not wanting to return. :( We understand your choice based on the many areas we overlooked this time, and I would love to follow up! I will send you a DM with my contact info and hope to be in touch further. -Amy

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Nique
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent but service was subpar at best. I was especially surprised to find that they charge an additional "COVID Service Fee" for dining inside. I've not see that anywhere else and I don't think I'll return because of it.

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BillG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They have a pretty extensive menu and everything I've had there has been very good. They make their own pasta there every day. The fried chicken is great, the steaks are great, the drinks were great. Every time I've dined there, I've been really happy! Highly recommended.

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LynneR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Founding Farmers MoCo! I’ve been eating there regularly since COVID because they have taken steps to keep their patrons safe. They have a large outdoor dining area that they’ve now enclosed for the cold weather. The food is exceptional and the service is always great. When I dine there, I’m treated like family. It’s definitely my favorite restaurant in the area! Thank you!

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LoriJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. We had dinner chicken and waffles- Delicious
And our drinks were perfect. Thank you

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nahide
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was very slow i had asked for over medium eggs they were very runny &
by the time i ordered one replacement i was done eating & paid my check. I made
sure the tip was more then 20%. I love your restaurant hopefully the service will get
better.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 3, 2020

I am so sorry the service was slow and the eggs were not as ordered. :( I also feel badly we left you waiting for the replacement and all in all, this visit was not up to expectation. That said, I would love the chance to follow up and turn this around- I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I took my mom here for her birthday with a gift card we had received from the terrible service that we received when we attended the first time. First we were seated at a social distancing table and then had to move. We received dirty dishes and the service was terrible. After paying with the gift card we were told the extra $5 couldn’t be used for tip and we couldn’t have the gift card back. The server never came back to our table to receive tip.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on December 3, 2020

Hi Sarah: Oh gosh! I am very sorry to read this and feel terrible for the disappointing experience you & your Mom had with us- especially when this was a return from a previous poor visit. :( This said, I will send you a follow up message with my contact info to hopefully connect further and turn this all around. -Amy

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AlyssaC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much. one of my favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews