The 14th Street dinner gang veered off track for our monthly dinner this month. We decided to head over towards the Shaw-ish neighborhood and tried out Farmers & Distillers. This restaurant is brought to you by the same team behind Founding Famers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.
As you can tell from the names of these three restaurants there is definitely a theme going on. 🙂 Besides the name, the food concept (farm to table, local) and decor are similar throughout the different dining locales, but Farmers & Distillers by far has the most extensive menu. Notably they offer a variety of Asian dishes. I would also venture to say that the latter’s space is the largest of the three.
To start I ordered their White Whispering Heaven tea (as I was trying to get over a cold) and we ordered Whirley Pop, their version of kettle corn, to munch on while we gabbed and looked at the menu.
For my main course I decided to order several small things – hot and sour soup (soup of the day), pork and beef dumplings, and shrimp spring rolls. (Not pictured).
I also didn’t really feel the shrimp spring rolls (and while I took a picture of them, they weren’t really photogenic either. 😉 ) They didn’t offer enough sustenance – too skinny.
Tammy ordered the Kung Pao Chicken dumplings and the Char Siu Chicken Shaobing (Chinese version of a flatbread).
Christina settled on the Mark’s Juicy Lucy burger.
We all left stuffed and with leftover popcorn. While I wouldn’t say any of our food stood out, it was good and I wouldn’t have any problem coming back here to eat. I would be interested in popping in for First Bake during the week…
Have no fear, the dining crew is heading back to 14th Street in March. There is a new Laotian restaurant we want to try! For February we’re heading to Georgetown to eat at Farmers Fishers and Bakers because Miki will be visiting and that’s where she wanted to eat with the gang!
Have a great day!