Farmers Fisher Bakers

Photo by Judith Beermann

Outdoor dining with private fireplace (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Outdoor dining with private fireplace

Come for the views, stay for the food. The North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) and The Farm, the restaurant management company behind Founding Farmers, has opened a new Georgetown restaurant called Farmers Fishers Bakers (FFB) in the spot that was formerly Farmers & Fishers, and prior to that, Agraria.

If you’ve been to Washington Harbour lately, you’ve seen the transformative power of an ice-skating rink with outdoor seating along the Potomac. At FFB, you can eat outside with your own private fireplace or be served at the Tiki Bar. As you enter the 9,500 square foot space and look around, you’ll notice “Great views of something interesting from every seat. Aesthetics are vitally important… and being really comfortable,” says Jennifer Motruk Loy, FFB’s vice president of marketing.

Acoustically-sound ship cabin booths (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Acoustically-sound ship cabin booths

Divided into “micro-climate” areas, with the accent on climate control, you immediately see that the restaurant is divided with floor-to-ceiling window seating facing the ice rink, an eight-seat reserved Baker’s Table room, railroad-style boxcar booths, ship cabin booths (acoustically-sound with carpet and individually-controlled lights), a central sushi bar, baking kitchen and even a special room where home-made pickles, jams and honey are stored in open view.

Farm diorama (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Farm diorama

No detail is too small for the designers, as every inch connotes the “true food-driven” farm-to-table theme with architectural elements reinforcing transportation motifs at every turn. Très green with artisan carpets and plenty of reclaimed wood, there’s even a wall with tire tread rubber covering. The decorative elements abound: from tables punctuated with hand-made dioramas of farm scenes to the specially made cutlery with food totems, and plates with one little red kernel of corn.

Sushi Chef K-San and the 12 reserved seating sushi bar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sushi Chef K-San and the 12 reserved seating sushi bar

Ok, now to the food. There was a time when having indoor refrigeration and a working freezer were something to brag about. Not here. They have no freezers except for making ice cream and ice. Seriously. So there is no question about the freshness of your next meal.

The American menu, developed by Corporate Executive Chef Joe Goetze and Executive Chef Lisa Marie Frantz, is regionally diverse and intended for an ‘unstructured’ shared eating experience' From cocktails to "farmhouse sushi," pizza (remember they do their own baking on the premises), brunch or dinner the choices are uniformly fresh and inviting.

Alex Dobbs serving Martray Brouilly Cuvee Vielle Vignes (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alex Dobbs serving Martray Brouilly Cuvee Vielle Vignes

With the expert guidance of server Alex Dobbs we started with wine and Bread & Broth served with LOTS of butter garlic and romesco dipping sauces and consommé, a “play on mussels juice” and Baked Clam Stuffies.

Next, Chicken Carolina Jambalaya and Steak Frites with Farmers Whiskey Sauce, Fries, and Green Peas Confit.

For dessert, the Spiced Apple Crisp with Government Cheese Ice Cream. Bet you're wondering about the Government ice cream. The menu is chock full of capital city references, this one translates into minuet, a triple-cream goat cheese.

Baker's Table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Baker's Table

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with special holiday hours:

Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24
Lunch / Dinner, 11:30am-10pm
Sushi Bar, 4pm-10pm

Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25
Lunch / Dinner, 11:30am-10pm
Sushi Bar, 4pm-10pm 

New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31
Lunch / Dinner, 11:30am-10pm
Sushi Bar, 4pm-10pm

New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1
BRUNCH, 10am-2:30pm
Lunch / Dinner, 3pm-10pm
Sushi Bar, 3pm-10pm

Bread & Broth (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bread & Broth

Baked Clam Stuffies (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Baked Clam Stuffies

Chicken Jambalaya (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chicken Jambalaya
Steak frites with whiskey sauce (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Steak frites with whiskey sauce

Spiced Apple Crisp (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Spiced Apple Crisp