After a devastating flood that rose 7 feet inside the Georgetown waterfront restaurant formerly known as Agrarian, a newly renovated concept called Farmers, Fishers, Bakers opened in December 2012.
There are no visible watermarks to remind you about the flood, but rather a sustainably built, upscale farmhouse theme greets hungry Washingtonians. With a centralized bar that includes a sushi bar, the restaurant’s open concept allows for views of the space and the water from practically every nook of the restaurant. Of particular interest is the recycled tires wall that lines the booths behind the bar. The décor has so many details that you could go there by yourself and discover something new every minute. Be sure to check out the bathroom. Even if you don’t have to go, the tub fountain is a fun touch and the bees on the ceiling of the bathroom is a tribute to the Founding Farmer’s own apiary.
More than a cool, new, sustainable space, there’s a new menu and a new attitude. The first things to change are the cocktails. With a return to retro cocktails, be sure to split the Scorpion Bowls, which come with a show. The high proof liquor in the center of the bowl is lit on fire and sprinkled with cinnamon that sparks like the spitting embers of a fire. If you’re more into beer, try their beer #1, which is a seasonal concoction of white beer with a shot of hard cider.
The menu is very eclectic with food ranging from down home country cooking to elegant sushi with everything in between. For appetizers the Brick Oven Pretzels are particularly popular with their three dips of pimento cheese, sour cream and onions, and a delicious BBQ mustard that is perfectly tangy. The “Authentic Field Tacos” are like nothing you’ve had before with the masa puffy corn taco shells that are hand shaped and then fried. Try the pulled chicken filling, which is marinated in bloody Mary mix and cooked to juicy perfection. For a fun Sunday, try their build your own taco bar on their brunch buffet. Another southern favorite is the fried chicken. Drizzled with honey and served over a mashed potatoes with peas and bacon, it’s the perfect taste of home cooking. And for the true South, try the seafood or pork jambalaya.
If you’re looking for something more delicate and delectable, try the picnic style Sliced Edge of Rib Eye, which is served on a wooden plank served with roasted mushrooms, grilled ciabatta bread, a lightly dressed pickled veggie potato salad and some picked vegetables with fresh tomato to balance out the meat.
For a lighter meal, or a great appetizer, try the 8 buck salads, like the purple and black kale that is very crunchy and earthy. From the sushi bar there are many delicious options, but some of the highlights include the White Fish Crudo, which is sashimi Branzino perfectly paired with picked shallots and a Ponzu sauce that balance the oiliness of the fish. One Maryland rival sushi is the Chesapeake roll—a crab salad is rolled into a traditional sushi roll and then topped with scallion strings that have been fried and sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning. The spiced tuna roll is fiery with no extra soy sauce needed.
And of course, there are tons of housemade dessert options, but the churros are especially delicious.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K Street NW
Washington Harbour, Plaza Level
Washington, DC 20007