A couple of weeks ago, when I was back in Washington, I did my FourSquare check in at National Airport. A few minutes later, I received a message from my friend Austin. He was also in Washington on business. We went to high school together, but now he lives in San Francisco, and I haven’t seen him in several years.
People, this is what social media is all about.
However, a couple of co-workers invited me to try a different restaurant with them, so I made plans with Austin for the next night and headed over to Founding Farmers Restaurant. They are all very local and green and stuff. I didn’t take any pictures, as I generally link to the ones on a restaurant’s website. So I am sorry to tell you that Founding Farmers is woefully lacking in that respect.
Happily, the food is freakin’ fabulous.
I started with the Popcorn of the Day. I realize that as a matter of cost, popcorn is always a rip-off, but if a high-end restaurant is going to bother, I am going to try it. It was a barbecue spice flavor and tasted wonderful. My more adventurous companions took the advice of some colleagues and has the dates wrapped in blue cheese and bacon. They were equally pleased.
I ordered the butternut squash ravioli for my entrée, and when I tasted it, discovered that Founding Farmers does not place salt and pepper on the table. I had an internal eye-roll moment before asking the waiter if the chef would have a problem with my salting my meal. He replied that the chef didn’t need to know and brought me a shaker. I have now forgotten what my companions ate, but we were all happy with our choices. (Note: Founding Farmers also has a Grilled Cheese sandwich on the menu, which I later found on a local list of Best in Town.)
For dessert, we could decide between the Seasonal Fruit Tart and the Red Velvet Cake so we ordered both. The cake was very tasty, but that tart was worth going back for all by itself. It came with a scoop of ice cream, so the three of us would have been perfectly satisfied splitting the one dessert.
Overall, an outstanding meal. I only wish it were walkable from my office.
Lucky for me, Austin had also been eating large “on the road” meals and was happy to meet me at my regular Noodles & Company for something simple. We spent three hours catching up without running out of things to say. He later noted on Facebook that with some friends, it doesn’t matter how long it has been, you can pick up right where you left off. Totally true. However, I sometimes worry that I take that gift for granted and don’t reach out to people often enough – thinking there will always be time. But that is a subject for another post.
So thank you to Pat and Kathy, who got me out to try something new. Thank you Austin, for paying attention to FourSquare and catching me on the spot. And Holly – I will see you next time!