At the end of February, in Washington, D.C. for the Dad 2.0 Summit, I ventured out to breakfast with Aaron from Small Steps Are Giant Leaps. We hit the road early in the morning, before conference sessions had started, to Founding Farmers in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.
Founding Farmers is the flagship restaurant of the larger Farmers Restaurant Group, a co-op that includes restaurants, bakeries, and distilleries.
The space features a cozy pub feel in the inner circle, with dark wood and low ceilings, while the outer seating includes two-story windows and plenty of natural light.
Near the entrance sits a living wall of lush greenery.
I ordered up some coffee to start – a nicely although slightly bitter cappuccino made with local Compass Coffee. The beverage menu also includes brunch cocktails, a full coffee bar, tea, and classic pharmacy drinks like sodas and egg screams.
Aaron tried the chicken and waffles with eggs, bacon, and a white gravy and pronounced them good.
I chose the beef pastrami poached egg hash, a cross between a traditional hash and an eggs benedict, made with bell peppers, onions, a scoop of mustard, and hollandaise.
The dish was a hearty mix of crisp veggies plus tender pastrami. It could have used a little more salt, but the hollandaise pulled it all together. And I enjoyed the house-made English muffin on the side.
All in all, a lovely breakfast to start the day in DC. We fueled up at Founding Farmers, walked to a nearby La Colombe coffee shop for another dose of java, then back to the hotel for the conference.