About Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
MoCo's Founding Farmers is owned by the more than 40,000 family farmers of the NDFU, serving American inspired real food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch.
While our restaurant is supplied by hundreds of family farms everywhere, that doesn’t mean we know every farm, and that doesn’t mean we never have to buy product from the traditional (corporate) supply chain, but it does mean we’re working hard to direct our purchasing dollars where it aligns with our values.
We’re serving the best food we can, made from scratch in our kitchens every day. Our innovative, American dishes are made primarily with pure ingredients honoring the farmers and their hard-earned bounty.
The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.
Potomac, MD 20854
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday: 8:45AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM
Montrose Road West
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The bar at Founding Farmers is a truly unique and innovative experience, with true mixologists specially trained in 'bar-chefing'. The bar menu harkens back to the pre-Prohibition era with handcrafted cocktails that use juices and mixers prepared by hand as well as Fountain Sodas and Phosphates, prepared to order.
Guests visiting MoCo's Founding Farmers enjoy 2 free hours of parking Monday-Friday, and 3 hours of free parking on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot / deck located immediately adjacent to the restaurant.
If you park in the lower level garage, please be sure to check at the front desk for a parking validation ticket.
Take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station • Take the Montgomery County Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Rd. and Montrose Rd. • Walk north along Seven Locks Road 0.1 mile to Cadbury Ave. • Turn right, walk 0.2 mile to 12505 Park Potomac Ave.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
MoCo's Founding Farmers includes a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special gatherings, business meeting, parties or corporate events any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The mezzanine can accommodate up to 75 guests comfortably seated for dinner, or up to 100 guests for a standing reception. The full restaurant is also available for buyouts.
To make a special event reservation, contact us at (301) 340-8783; MoCo@FarmRequest.com.
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Founding Farmers - Montgomery County Ratings and Reviews
The prices were definitely higher than I expected but the portions generous and the fresh fish excellent as were red bliss mashed potatoes, green beans, and pickled carrot appetizer. We were stunned that there's a charge for bread. At the prices charged for entrees, drinks, and appetizers, bread (at least one large piece to share) should be complimentary. It seems quite chintsy to charge when you are ordering a full meal like that, with wine, etc. I was warned the accoustics are bad & the noise level high, but I hoped it wouldn't be bad at 5 pm for an early dinner. However, it was pretty bad, although the host accommodated us kindly and put us at a table for 4 (we were a party of 2) so we weren't right up against others. That was nice.
Founding Farmers specializes in locally sourced, organic food which is not only healthy but delicious as well. The Spatchcock chicken with maple mustard glaze and maple butter melts in your mouth. The sides were imaginative and complemented the chicken perfectly. I would also highly recommend the cedar plank salmon which was moist and had a mild smokey taste. The house cocktails, especially the organic cucumber delight were fantastic and the desserts were amazing. We really enjoyed the sorbet of the day and the apple pie. In addition to wonderful food the service was perfect, friendly, and very efficient. If you're looking for a totally enjoyable dining experience this is the place to choose.
I happenend to try the chicken pot pie which was entirely too sweet. The waiter said it would be taken off the bill but it was not. Though I did not enjoy my choice that evening there are plenty of things to try. It was a nice restaurant with a fun atmosphere. I would give it another shot.
I had the bananas foster waffle and it did not disappoint! My mocha was a little small for $4, but it was delicious, too! It's easier to get a reservation here than the Founding Farmers in DC, so we were able to make brunch plans on Friday afternoon instead of two weeks in advance, which was nice.
FF is a great place for breakfast, especially if you don't eat until dinner. Scrambled eggs w/spinach and sausage were plentiful and very good. As an older person who is careful of salt intake, I appreciated that the dishes were not overly seasoned. Their generous sized cup of coffee is the best I've had anywhere. Everything was exceptional, go hungry.
While the food may be good, it does not make up for poor service. We used to brunch/lunch/dine at Founding Farmers frequently, but because of the poor service, we've all but stopped going. At our most recent visit, we had to flag down the waiter to give us a menu, utensils, refill on coffee, and to get the check. We also witnessed the waiter dismissively let a couple know that seating was available at the bar. He actually responded to them with his back turned as he was walking away. I'm not sure if it's the training or if the workers are generally unhappy there, but it would be nice to get a good waiter for once.
The Founding Farmers Restaurant in Montgomery County, Maryland is a nice local restaurant with good food and good service. It's a nice local spot to enjoy good company and good food in an enjoyable atmosphere. However, if you want to kick it up a few notches, then you can't go wrong with trying its sister restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers, in the Washington Harbor Building along the banks of the Potomac River. I would dine again at each of these restaurants and I would recommend them to friends too.
tired of a tomato from another Time Zone ruining a good burger? Never again. If you care about the quality of ingredients you're eating, then this should be your staple go to restaurant. Fresh fish of the day means fresh. Your sides change according to what is in season. And they apply their local / seasonal philosophy to what's on draft when you visit.
Our fish entrees were exquisite, each prepared a different way (rock salt, plank, baked). Substitutions for the potato side dish were 3 or 4 vegetable choices-all amazing. The serving staff has a lot of specials and ingredients to memorize each day. Our server delivered this information easily and answered questions admirably.
Our server explained that the beignets would take 20 minutes to prepare for dessert, but since our birthday gathering was in no hurry we chose to wait. Wow! The 6 large perfectly sugared puffs were worth every minute of wait! They are served with 3 dipping sauces in a cute paper bag. More than enough for the 4 of us with leftovers to take home.
We can't wait to return!
The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. The spatchcock chicken with honey glaze was so tasty. My husband had the gnocchi which was equally delicious. We enjoyed our appetizer of fried green tomatoes. Everything tasted so fresh and flavorful. Our waitress was knowledgable about the menu and ingredients. We will be back!!
Left without dining there because reservation made through Open Table did not help us at all. We arrived before 7, the reservation time, and were told we still had to wait. Left around 7:12...... what good is making a reservation???
two young ladies at front desk lacked interest; did not give a darn whether we were well served or not.
Food was fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented. Some of the friendliest staff I've encountered since moving to the DC area. Very knowledgable of their menu, careful to adhere to any special requests, able to offer suggestions to fit the right flavors to your palate. Offered outdoor and indoor seating. Much more open and inviting than the DC location and has a more modern feel to the interior design without loosing the inviting and 'country' homey feeling. I was delighted with the experience and look forward to my next occasion to be there.
The waiters and waitresses are all kids who've been coached what to say when you ask why your food is taking so long. On this last and final visit I ordered one of the various salads. It was delivered in a plain glass bowl as if they couldn't be bothered to plate it on a regular serving dish. Aside from plain lettuce that appeared to be mostly plain Romaine, the other promised ingredients appeared to be few and far between. The dressing tasted like plain mayonnaise. I won't be back.
We were upstairs where noise level is too high to have a conversation. I don't remember that being a problem downstairs
Food came quickly but server did not ask if we needed anything for awhile after it came. The water bottle was never refilled. They don't put salt/pepper on the table which could eliminate one reason to need service. Food was fresh and well prepared.
Took my elderly mom here for an early dinner on a Sunday evening. I frequently go to the location in DC but had not been to this location before. I was not disappointed! The food was great, and ambiance was energetic and fun-- lots of big groups enjoying an early evening out. My mom has mobility issues and the staff was very accommodating and helpful in getting us situated at our table. All in all, a very nice dining experience.
We made a reservation for Sunday morning brunch and when we arrived on time they told us that they were about 20 minutes behind on their reservations. They continually took folks in front of us that arrived after we did and there were folks waiting who had 11am reservation still waiting at 11:45. My wait for my reserved table wasn't as long as them but we still waited for 20 minutes after our reservation time. No one at the hostess stand seemed concerned with the fact that they were that far behind and that they were inconveniencing people that went ahead and made a reservation.
I was very disappointed in the way they handled the situation.I will probably still return as I love the food, but the service experience was terrible this time.
All the best efforts in the kitchen can be erased if the ambiance is not appropriate to the restaurant's theme. FF-MC lives up to its billing as a kitchen committed to fresh ingredients, carefully prepared. Unfortunately, our three evening experiences have been marred by a noise level that should really be addressed. Our most recent reservation at 6:30 led to a 45-minute wait. This wait was exacerbated by the fact that we were entertaining a couple in their eighties. The staff was harried and clearly not in control of an seriously overbooked house (at 6:30!). Once seated, service was OK, but the mood had been broken and the damage done.
We do recommend the restaurant's brunch. Much more relaxing and enjoyable.
I've eaten at FF many times but only for dinner. This time it was for brunch and everything was great as usual. The bananas foster waffle was so good and filling. The omelettes and orange juice were great too. A reservation is a must for this place as it is always packed.
Brought my friends from out of town to this place.
Started w the chicken wings, consistently delicious. Honey garlic mix makes the wings a standard dish on our visits.
Dinner was a joy. Tried the beef ribs. Succulent fall of the bone.
Salmon on the slab, never disappoints.
Great service with a smile, cant wait for the next visit.
Just make sure you have a reservation, otherwise you'll wait an hour.
I would recommend it as a place that is kid-friendly, but has decent food. The chicken wing appetizer and drinks were great. The strawberry rubarb crisp was delicious and big enough to feed two adults and two little kids. The service was good and it was very convenient (parking was easy, etc.) Unfortunately, our entrees were nothing special. We had a spatchcock chicken with maple mustard glaze, steak with chimichurri sauce, and chicken and waffles (split between the two kids). Everything was a bland version of what we would have cooked at home. The steak had no sear and very little sauce. The vegetables were completely flavorless- just sauteed without any seasoning to speak of. I would come back and get appetizers & desserts only.
The food was fine, and service great--until several servers started arranging tables nearby for a large group: they actually hemmed in my sweetheart, so she had to squeeze between 2 tables--and she's very svelte to start! The servers arranging the tables were clearly thoughtless, not taking patrons finishing their meal into account! That was simply rude, and we received no apology.
We went there to celebrate my best friend's birthday during brunch on a Saturday. Ali was our waiter, he was awesome and everyone that approached the table was equally nice.
We had a fantastic time and we'll certainly come back. It was our first time there and had a blast.
thank you so much!
Husband and I went out for a Fri. night dinner at FF (our first time at the MoCo location for dinner). Had reserved a quiet table inside but when we arrived it was a perfect evening so asked if it would be possible to seat us outdoors. We were told to return in 5 minutes. We hung out in the beautiful Park Potomac Plaza and no more than 3 minutes into our mini-European fantasy, the maitre d' found us at the fountain and told us our table was ready! Waitress was excellent, menu is wholesome & customizabe. Rockfish was delicious, both the "Provencal" & "Meuniere" sauces - delicious and prepared without any dairy as we had asked. Zucchini&squash and the crunchy sugar-peas spectacular, light and fresh! We would return to MoCo FF in a heartbeat!
Founding Farmers, Potomac, has a great theme: fresh, unprocessed food made in house. The ambiance is trendy, although loud. While the food is fairly good, the serving size is ridiculously small and way overpriced. I've been three times and have had three different entrées all with the same result. I will not go back, nor would I recommend it to a friend.
The food was generally excellent. I would have given the food 4.5 stars if allowed me to. We had two appetizers: the black pepper wings and devised eggs—both delicious. For my entree, I had the skirt steak with enchilada. My steak was slightly over-cooked (medium as opposed to medium rare) but still tender and delicious. The enchilada that accompanied it was fantastic! My wife had an ahi tuna salad, which is now her favorite salad of all time! We had cheesecake for dessert—simple, yet delicious. Make reservations—the place gets packed! The service was, at times, inattentive, but acceptable. The menu is fairly large, but I look forward to returning and trying other items. The prices were surprisingly moderate in my opinion.
I had met friends for Thanksgiving at the restaurant and had a good experience, so I returned with another friend months later. The service was fine. What bothered me was the meager portion and quality of the chicken I ordered. For $16, I would have anticipated a large portion, preferably a large breast and wing, since the protein was the featured item. I scavenged probably about 3/4 cup of not too impressive piece of fowl. I was also embarrassed because I had spoken highly of this restaurant to my friend who had never been there. It turned out to be a mediocre and expensive meal. Consequently, I have no intention of returning even though I support the restaurant's philosophy.
Many friends have raved about this restaurant and this was my first visit there. I had cornbread (mediocre), shrimp pasta dish (not bad), and swordfish (pretty good). Overall, I'd say this was a little bit above average, but not up to my high expectations. I'd return again to try some different food. The service was very good. The waiter took a lot of time with us to explain menu items.
Food was delicious but I would have appreciated being told I was going to be charged extra for making a substitution. Also, my girlfriend's drink took FOREVER (like 30 minutes) to arrive! Unacceptable. She ordered another drink instead and then was given both drinks and charged for both.
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