by April Watts
Farmers and Fishers
3000 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
It’s no secret to my Twitter followers (@whwrocks, @whw_web) that I LOVE FOOD. Throughout the day, they are subjected to random tweets, Twitpics included, about my culinary excursions. Last weekend, my epicurean taste buds landed me at the Georgetown Waterfront. While Tony & Joe’s and Sequoias are the go to spots, my palate was seeking a new adventure. I’m familiar with Cabana’s but wasn’t in the mood for Latin flavor. Luckily, for me, Farmers and Fishers was in the line of sight.
The atmosphere alone is enticing: warm, contemporary, and sexy. The modern décor incorporates glass, stone, wood and steel, along with beautiful fabrics, to give the restaurant a feeling of “upscale-meets-earthy”. The lighting makes the dining room glow and illuminates an attractive cosmopolitan crowd. Whether sitting down for a meal or having a couple of drinks at the bar, the atmosphere at Farmers and Fishers provides just enough “sexy” and just enough “cozy” to meet your needs.
And the food? Delicious is an understatement. The Crab Melt Ravioli is almost orgasmic! Pockets of freshly made al dente pasta are stuffed with lump crab meat and sautéed with herb butter and fresh tomatoes. An added bonus: Pieces of lump crab are also sautéed into the butter sauce. As a seafood loving Washingtonian, I take my crab meat seriously. Even the slightest amount of filler in a dish like this would be unacceptable. Fortunately, the chefs at Farmers and Fishers agree.
Another stand-out on the menu is the “Fresh Catches”. The restaurant serves up fresh fish selections of the day and you may choose between five tantalizing preparation methods: Simple, Bronzed, Chesapeake, Fresh-Horseradish, and Cowboy style. The fish is served over a bed of farmhouse rice-a-roni and the vegetable of the day. Prepared with drawn butter, Old Bay and fresh lemon, the Chesapeake Style Salmon melts in your mouth. The spinach, lightly seasoned with garlic and butter, is steamed to perfection. In comparison to its dish mates, the rice-a-roni was somewhat disappointing. But, in all fairness, could rice-a-roni ever stack up to fresh fish and veggies?
What’s most attractive about Farmers and Fishers is the restaurant’s holistic approach to dining. Before even touching your table, the dishes are on the right side of environmental and socio-economic issues. Like its sister restaurant Founding Farmers, Farmer’s and Fishers sources most of its food from sustainable agriculture from local and regional farmers. The restaurant is a Green Living Consulting Certified Green Business and allows patrons to earn rewards for energy reduction through a partnership with EarthAid.
This week is Summer Restaurant week in the District; the perfect opportunity to try victuals the American way at Farmers and Fishers.