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 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.
I've enjoyed Founding Farmers as their food is fresh and locally sourced. On a recent visit, I was with a vegan friend and a vegetarian friend. We all found delicious things to eat. The staff were knowledgeable about each dish and were willing to substitute items to fit a diner's needs. Given the number of food sensitivities, it's delightful to find a neighborhood gem that also takes into account food allergies.
Food and service were excellent. French dip was superb. Tables are too close together along the walls; not conducive to private conversation. Originally shown to a table about a foot and a half on each side from neighboring tables -- not appropriate setting for a business lunch or private conversation. Because of the open dining area and closeness of tables, this is a difficult environment for those with hearing challenges because of the noise level. Overall, very good.
Food was delicious and creative, using seasonal ingredients with excellent effect. Our group of 5 enjoyed a relaxed and casual meal. The service was a little bit slow, our server sometimes difficult to hear, but overall very friendly & helpful staff that were knowledgeable about ingredients and dishes. Each course was delicious and well-plated. Drinks (both cocktails and non-alcoholic options) were creative flavor combinations. All in all an excellent experience.
This is the second time I have been to Founding Farmers. I like its focus on American food, replicating dishes that most people remember as home cooked, along with some unusual items. The original concept is to link this wholesome food with a fancy cocktail bar. We enjoyed cocktails, and salads, but I found the salmon overcooked, the green beans uncut, and the cocktail weak. The noise level was bearable in the upstairs, but would be better without the background music. Why do all restaurants have to have the soundtrack playing anyway?
I brought out of town guests for brunch and they were super excited about the menu and all that Founding Farmers do. The kitchen was extremely slow, we waited at least 40 minutes for our food to arrive. Unfortunately, it was for 1/2 the table - so the other 1/2 sat there and drooled. When the other food arrived, the waitress was assertive enough to re-arrange the plate so that it'll be easier for the guest to it. Well, her good deed went a little disastourous - she knocked over some of the food contents....and the service & food went downhill from there.
Overall, the other guests enjoyed the meal but service was very slow (even w/out the new order). Need a lot of patience to eat here.
Everyone I know raved about this place so I'm glad I finally got the chance to try it out. Everything about the experience was pretty good.
At first, my friend and I sat for about 10 minutes without seeing our server. A different server came by because she noticed that we hadn't been taken care of, and apologized and started us off with drinks. We got the pineapple soda and the Manhattan soda--both really good. I love coffee so the Manhattan soda was perfect.
The food was really good too, but nothing spectacular. My favorite part was the Banana Foster Waffles.
Fantastic food, great service, affordable. We will go back as often as we can. So many things on the menu we want to try! I had the Reuben and my wife had the northern fried chicken. Everything was perfect. Great beer list of local microbrews. Cocktails are creative and tasty (the Constitution was the bomb!) their sustainability practices are worth noting too. Check this place out!
Unique offerings. We had salmon and halibut, catches of the day. Salt block "topping" was unusual and a great choice. Each plate was filling. Appetizers would have been over the top. Place was crowded at 5 on a Saturday, and lines were forming at 6. Go for reservations. So many great choices of beverages. I had the pale ale. I enjoyed it, but the beer prices are a little high at $7, like being at the ballpark. Fried chicken next time!
Delicious food! Love that there is a special meatless vegan and vegetarian menu. It's great that we could order from the lunch or breakfast menu. Definitely a great place. The environmentally-friendly vibe is great and we love that many dishes and drinks are made in-house.
I dined at the downtown location a few years ago and this restaurant was so much more convenient. I loved the halibut with onion toppings, my family also remarked how delicious their food was. We arrived at 9pm so the noise calmed down but the dining area was very loud when we first got there. I loved the popcorn appetizer. The service was friendly and they were very accommodating with our gluten allergy. All in all a nice find and we'll be back!
This place is great, very large menu and great service and food. The staff was informative and seemed very energetic as a team. Great job to the staff who was busy and still closely involved in making sure customers had a good experience. My date and I Both ate off the Vegetarian/Vegan menu. The Plates were a new venture for me but I enjoyed all parts of the dish. Thank you FF
Service was over-attentive. Generally the food was a bit on the bland side. BUT the low country shrimp and grits turned out to be the spicy version with Andouille sausage which was not described in the menu. We totally expected the usual version, and my wife was disappointed with the meal. The biscuits were great.
We had 7PM reservations & we not seated until 7:30. The entrance was a "madhouse".
One of the four entrees was served 5-10 minutes after the other 3. Another of the entrees was served without its signature sauce.
Overall, the place felt overcrowded, noisy & while the food was good, we won't be back.
As a group of chefs and their families sitting down to dinner we had high hopes from the hype of this restaurant. Sadly we had a horrible start, ( we were late due to traffic, by 8 minutes and the greeter informed us that our reservation had been cancelled... the restaurant was empty.. so as we headed to the door she stated they had our table ready) with so so food with almost pushy service. Staff is well trained on the ins and outs of the menu. The menu is solid in its development but the actual product fell flat. Stale popcorn, dry and bland flat bread, entrees were good but not worth the big price. And then we get to the super special desserts... that were in "limited supply".... we could clearly see the racks of desserts on the bakeshop...no thanks we gave up on the games and left. Would go back if asked but not on my dime.
Great restaurant with great fresh food. We had a small group of people who were too busy talking than looking at the menu. Our waitstaff was very gracious to let us chat and came back every 5-10minute minutes to keep us on track.
We had a very enjoyable lunch and would definitely return.
Recent dining experience: the crab cakes were pricey but had little flavor and the sauteed spinach was soaked in oil, not really cooked but not a salad either. Farmers salad was just okay, have had better on previous visits. Others in my group enjoyed their meals: sandwiches, ahi tuna and honey chicken. Chefs seem more concerned with presentation than taste. Missed on this entrée as I've done in the past. Next time: I'll have what he's having, please.
We've been meaning to dine here for a while now, and finally did for my wife's birthday. The restaurant has a perfect combination of upscale (crafted cocktails, elaborate menu items, etc) and "down home" (fried chicken, egg creams, etc) that anyone can enjoy. My party ordered 4 wildly different meals and all were wonderful!
I've been to FF for dinner several times (best peppercorn chicken wings on either side of the Mississippi), but never for Sunday's brunch. My daughters and I dined on traditional eggs benedict, eggs benedict with crab meat, and chicken & waffles, and we took the basil infused meatloaf home for dinner. The chicken & waffles were very good, but the benedicts were spectacular! We through in mimosas and divine peachy "somethings." My mouth is watering as I write this, so I'm going to make a reservation for next weekend and for my birthday weekend in August.
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