After our superb meal last weekend at Birch and Barley, we went into our Fourth of July brunch at Founding Farmers with high hopes and empty stomachs. Unfortunately, Founding Farmers failed to meet our expectations. We love the concept of a farmers’-owned restaurant and support their efforts to run a sustainable eatery, but it’s never a good thing when you leave a leave a restaurant feeling like you could have reproduced much of the meal from the comfort of your own kitchen.
The highlight of the meal was the “Banana Fluffer Nutter,” one of their two dishes designed to be shared for the table. This modern take on a childhood treat was a perfect balance of sweet marshmallow fluff, salty organic peanut butter, fresh banana slices, and the savory whole wheat toast. Despite the failings of some of the other dishes, this combination made the trip worthwhile.
Though the drinks were slow to arrive, both the Bloody Mary and the Pimms Cup were very tasty and refreshing. The $12 price tag, though, meant that no one at the table ordered a second round…
After the success of the drinks and fluffer nutters, we were extremely let down by the entrees. Emily’s ‘Drag Through the Garden’ scramble with egg whites, roasted veggies, spinach, and white cheddar was tasty, but could easily be reproduced by even the most amateur chef.
Dan and I both ordered the chicken and waffles–but the dish came nowhere near the orgasmic recipe from Birch and Barley. The chicken tenders weren’t quite crispy enough and were over-salted. The gravy that was served with the dish lacked the punch and flavor that one expects from a gravy.
Founding Farmers has a great ambience, an extensive list of attractive-sounding mixed drinks, and delicious fried green tomatoes–but the brunch failed to “wow” us.