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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.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Brunch:
Saturday: 8:45AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 2:00PM

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Montrose Road West

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 340-8783

Website:
http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Joe Goetze

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (117)
Casual (101)
Local Ingredients (93)
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Great for Brunch (72)
Good for Birthdays (70)
Great for Lunch (68)
Special Occasion (64)
Good for Groups (64)
Sunday Lunch (63)
Fun (60)
Handcrafted Cocktails (56)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Good for a Date (54)
Healthy (53)
Fit for Foodies (51)
Worth the Drive (50)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Kid-friendly (42)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Authentic (37)
Seasonal (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Business Meals (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Organic (34)
Cozy (28)
Hot Spot (22)
Happy Hour (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Quick Bite (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
People Watching (12)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Vegan (11)
Great Beer (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Romantic (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Waterfront (2)
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·Dined a day ago

A large part of my disappointment stems from my misunderstanding of what I thought I had ordered vs. what came out. I thought I had ordered a dish where it was served in a cast iron skillet with some hashbrowns and scrambled eggs. My misunderstanding stemmed from the dish being called "Pan Scramble", as I had interpreted "Pan" as the cast iron skillet (lol).

Reality then kicks in when I am served with simple ol scrambled eggs w/ham, cheese, and some onions and pan fried hashbrowns. Throw in a dry buttermilk biscuit that was hard as a rock and not flaky at all, and I'm already in a downward spiral.

With my expectations shattered, I couldn't un-focus myself from the fact that this simple dish was priced at $14. On top of this, a cup of fresh brewed coffee costs $4.25. Just to put it into perspective, that's damn near double the price of a Starbucks grande fresh brewed coffee.

I will give props to the server though. He was attentive with refills, requests, and timing of the food.

All in all, Founding Farmer's atmosphere is nice and uniquely designed, but the pricing structure seems a little on the high side for the quality and amount of food received.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

We went for Brunch on Sunday- restaurant was very busy. The waiter was prompt to the table but it took quite a bit of time to get a cup of coffee. Food was average. Not as described on the menu but there were many options.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined a day ago

Graduation

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·Dined 2 days ago

We consistently enjoy the food and service at Founding Farmers.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

They sat us in the bar area. This was for my husband’s birthday and we could barely hear each other. The reservations stated it was for his birthday. They should reserve those tables for larger groups not couples trying to enjoy a nice meal out.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food and place to have get togethers with family or friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Good food except seasonal crisp dessert (pear with cranberry) that was too sweet. Try chicken milanese with arugula for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and Service was great! Exceptional menu which made it hard to choose. Disappointed that even after making notes on the reservation and calling the night before no one wished my girlfriend a happy birthday. They were quick to say “we don’t offer a free dessert but can put a candle in one you buy” but that was not the request. Simply just wanted someone to aknowledge her but no one did.

Will definitely be back but won’t bother trying to surprise someone with something “special”.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The breakfast food that we ordered was not as good as past visits. The belgnets were over cooked the bacon was under cooked. However, the service was great!!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing food and great menu selection. Service was excellent. Definitely going back

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Very hot up stairs

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·Dined 4 days ago

The staff was attentive and quite friendly. Service was alright, however, several items ordered were over-looked and had to be requested several times. The food was flavorful. The devil-ish eggs filling was whipped offering light fluffiness, but lacked flavor. Perhaps the seafood version would fare differently. The menu is packed with choices, so one is not stuck with having to settle for the mundane. Yes, I shall go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

birthday brunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

very expensive for what you get. I'm disappointed you all don't provide bread for the table.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I think that this restaurant may be not as good as it used to be. It's too bad. We loved coming here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Incredible breakfast! Eggs were melt-in-your-mouth, the homemade biscuits were delicious, and the pancakes were out of this world. We will absolutely be back for breakfast... and dinner!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent in every way!!! Brunch on Sunday was delicious and service was extraordinary!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was fun reading the menu
Our server was enthusiastic and very helpful in describing the dishes
Seating was comfortable and allowed our group easy conversation

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Founding Farmers never disappoints. Breakfast is my favorite and the sausage mushroom spinach scramble is a must. The pancakes are light, fluffy and amazing! Oh, and diameter of your plate!! The best breakfast experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is our go to local neighborhood restaurant. I’ ll do a quick openntable cyeck to assess how busy the restaurant is as we’re hrading out and place a quick reservation if there are openings in a 15 to 20 minute window do we roll in and get seated promptly. Service is always friendly. The wait staff are always helpful and willing to make dietary substitutions to menu items - switching out carb heavy sides for a salad or other vegetable. My only complaint was the temperature at the seating area on our last visit. A front corner table nearest to the open stair well was a breezy cooler spot - I kept my jacket sling over my shoulders to stay warm. Otherwise, a delightful meal as usual.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Meghan was great... Good recommendations and the food was excellent as usual.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Decided to try the Impossible Burger that I've been hearing about, and I must say, it lives up to the hype. Great taste and I feel good after eating it - not sluggish and heavy as after eating a big greasy beef burger. Enjoyed the service. My one small complaint is that when I see the starter of pickled veggies, I was expecting an interesting assortment and instead just got a small bowl of regular sliced pickles. That's not worth the 5 bucks.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I had heard great things about Founding Farmers in DC and had been itching to go, but the traffic and parking in the city leaves a lot to be desired! Needless to say, when I saw the signs of the upcoming restaurant in North Potomac, I was extremely excited. When my friend birthday rolled around, we made it a point to make sure that we wouldn't miss going to FF this year! It met every expectation and exceeded them, from the short wait time (we DID make a reservation), through to the dessert! The food was quite tasty (I ordered the Southern Fried Chicken entree and my friend ordered the Chicken and Waffles). This is the first place I've had collard greens that were as near perfectly seasoned and cooked as mine! The mashed potatoes were exquisite and the fried chicken won me over immediately and is the main reason why I will be returning very soon! The wait staff was very pleasant, knowledgeable, professional and attentive! A wonderful experience all around! Looking forward to returning very soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food great service as always

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love Founding Farmers. I love the menu. It seems like I can always something new to try.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was delicious & the service was outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Love the cranberry juice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Server was way to busy to take our order. Restaurant was just so packed it was silly. They forgot butter, coffee, all the basics. The popularity has really brought this restaurant down in quality. Used to love it but now it’s just not really worth the bad service and cold food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait for a while. I understand that because this place is always so crowded.
Food is always great but the price is bit pricy.
Nice atmosphere.
We will go back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food with a variety of creative dishes from the chefs! Unique drinks and entrees. One of the few restaurants in the DC Metro area that carries the Impossible Burger, a vegetarian burger invented by one of the world's top scientists, engineered to appear and taste like real meat.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Prices are high for food and drinks, thus you can not come here on a regular basis. No birthday offerings available except for adding a candle on whatever dessert you ordered. Server was not friendly, but was attentive.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was mine and my husvand’s first time dining at Founding Farmers, and we were not disappointed! Everything was fantastic - our waiter, the atmosphere, and the food. We recommend the skillet cornbread and the butternut cake!! Will return soon to try out brunch!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I enjoyed founding farmers and will be back!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Have dined multiple times and has consistently great food and multiple creative drink options. The sangria (not on menu) was great with fresh berries. Ask for it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

the food is always good but this time it was just okay...not sure why. I will come back and hope the next opportunity will be the top notch quality I remember from past great meals at the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was an after-Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family. We had a good time and service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great as always

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 (Key West)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We’re not a weekly regulars, but since it has opened, my husband and I have been there over 20 times. He enjoys it. The food is decent. However not consistent. The wait staff is wonderful. The front of house, has improved. I highly recommend it for brunch, casual dinner or an early breakfast.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had 10:45 pm reservations for after a show at Kennedy Center. It was awful getting out of the parking lot at KC and we ended up walking in at 10:58 pm. They were gracious & seated us even though I'm sure the kitchen crew were trying to wrap things up. We never felt rushed or pushed to finish our meal. We had the usual great service and wonderful meals enjoyed by all!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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