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MoCo’s Founding Farmers
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Ranked #3 of 57 Restaurants in Potomac
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Montrose Road West
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.
Description: 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 scratch-cooking. 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. However, it does mean that we are 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.
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We visited last night for a Sunday dinner. I made a reservation on OpenTable, so we didn't have to wait to be seated. Our server was friendly and helpful. We ordered the biscuits as an appetizer. They were served with a honey-butter spread and something called "Chow-Chow", which had something to do with sweet peppers. I ordered the South Carolina BBQ, which came with pork bbq, spinach, beans, biscuit, and chow-chow. I did enjoy the bbq, spinach, and biscuit, not so much the beans or chow-chow. She ordered the salad that came with fried chicken. The chicken here is great. For dessert, we ordered a slice of red velvet cake. It was delicious, but it was a lot of food. We probably ate barely half of the cake before we had to stop because we were too full. Overall, the food and experience was pretty good. I'm hoping to come back sometime soon to try the chicken and waffles.

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Thank M S
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

First off I love the name! The decor inside and out is very farmy like, totally cute. Ample parking and it's free so even better!!! The service here is quick and courteous and finally the food is extraordinaire! We started off with dessert, the infamous Beighnets, freshly made doughnuts with raspberry, caramel and chocolate dipping sauce, can I say delicious??! I shared two dishes with a friend, the new Orleans style stuffed banana French toast! Warning that dish is very heavy but it's beyond greatt!!! We also had the crab Benedict which was good but nothing to rave about. Had a great time here highly recommend!

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Three guests and I had dinner at Founding Farmers on a recent Saturday night. As other reviewers have noted, the restaurant is extremely noisy. It was a real effort to hear my dining companions who were seated immediately across from me.

More importantly, however, was the unacceptable food -- especially at these rather high prices. One of the flatbreads that was ordered was served at room temperature when it should have been served hot. A second flatbread was not cooked at all! It was served in a "do it yourself" fashion whereby the cherry tomatoes were placed in a bowl, and a dollop of cold cheese was served alongside the bowl of tomatoes. In fact, it wasn't a flatbread at all. The bread consisted of cold, toasted slices of bread that were piled up on one another. When asked why the flatbread wasn't cooked in pizza-like fashion, the waitress responded that this was the only one of four or five flatbread choices whereby the diner had to put the ingredients together him or herself. Unbelieveable. Needless to say, the small tomatoes fell off of the "flatbread" when we tried to eat it.

The rockfish "special" was bland and essentially tasteless. I guess it was cooked this way in order to match the equally tasteless "steamed into oblivion" vegetables. Furthermore, the somewhat thick piece of fish was barely cooked, raising questions of food safety which fortunately did not materialize.

Another guest's filet mignon, which had been ordered medium well, was served in an overcooked, charred state and had to be sent back.

We will not be returning to this restaurant. There are too many other choices in this restaurant-rich area. Too many restauranteurs feel that all they have to do to be successful in the Potomac/Bethesda area is to buy plates and cutlery and then open their doors. Diners must be more discriminating.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I had hear alot about Founding Farmers, and decided to go. The one in DC often gets very crowded, so I went to the one just north of DC in Maryland.

As expected, there was a crowd, but the wait wasnt that bad, 30 mins. It was noisey, and hotter than I like, almost uncomfortable. Food was good, portions were large enough to fill you up. Our server was new, but seems incharge and knew what he was doing, no complaints there.

Would I go back, sure...just not a place where you can have a quiet conversation.

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Thank Daninchatham
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Went Sat Evening for dinner with two couples making the long trip down from the Baltimore Metro area. The trip was worth it. Stephanie our waitress was very friendly and helpful explaining the menu, serving us, and giving us refills on our waters and ice teas. We tried the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer along with one of the flatbreads. Both were great. As a nod to our NY roots one couple tried the egg cream, while the other had the lime ricky. If you could go back in a time machine to The Bronx you would have better, but both really enjoyed the drinks served here. Entrees ranged from burger to the chicken fried or pan roasted. All got a big thumbs up. Would we make the trip again...yes we certainly would

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Thank BronxG
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