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1800 Tysons Blvd. at Galleria Drive
Tysons, VA 22102
We’ve all been waiting for that District favorite, Founding Farmers, to open its doors locally. The time has finally come; Founding Farmers has made its way to a Northern Virginia establishment, Tysons Corner, and we’re here to say that it’s everything we had hoped for and more.
Founding Farmers has already established itself in both DC and Rockville, Maryland. But true to Tysons style, this one is the biggest and most luxurious yet. This Founding Farmers is multilevel, boasting a generous size of 12,000 square feet. It takes the farmhouse theme to the next level with a front porch and light fixtures that look like birds’ nests. There are also touches of comfort and luxury, namely an enclosed “phone booth” in the restaurant where patrons can take calls without bothering others or having to go outside.
The restaurant space itself is divided into “micro-climates” in which the tables and chairs are set in specific and distinct arrangements. The idea here is that each section corresponds to a different type of room in a farmhouse. One area of the restaurant has communal tables and looks like a kitchen or dining room, whereas another is arranged to look like a comfy living room with upholstered chairs. A more private section is modeled after a bedroom and has large, round booths that offer more intimate dining. Each time you come here, it will be a different experience, simply by virtue of where you sit.
The restaurant is simply a joy to be in. It is flooded with light and has high ceilings. Artwork is largely produced by commissioned artists and is both whimsical and elegant. Among some of the more unique pieces of art are a large bear sculpture, a duck sculpture and a large, colorful mural upstairs.
The menu at the Tysons Founding Farmers is largely similar to the menu at the other locations, with about 70 percent similarity, except that it hosts some unique Southern tastes. The Tysons menu draws on “regional influences and ingredients from Virginia farmers and purveyors, with offerings unique to the new restaurant’s geographical and historic influences,” according to a restaurant representative.
What does all of this mean for us? It means we can still enjoy Founding Farmers classics like Chicken and Waffles and the Farmer’s Daughter Burger. But we’ll also be treated to Southern biscuits, chip and dip starters, a variety of unique baked goods, doughnuts made in a “croissant style” (the Jefferson Donut) and honey glazed ham.
The fresh meat and seafood offerings at this particular location are truly unique. With its own in-house butchery, this restaurant will receive whole and half animals, allowing it to produce its own high-quality cuts at more affordable price points. Oysters will be sourced from Virginia and can be ordered either raw, as shooters with liquor chasers or baked with a variety of sauces. The artisanal ham unique to the Tysons location is accompanied by other unique meat selections including chicken liver mousse.
This Founding Farmers is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining. It hosts a buffet-style brunch incorporating buttermilk biscuits and doughnuts, a pancake bar, fried chicken, carved meats and a dessert station. If you’re just looking for a quick bite, there is an open pastry studio and a Farm Morning Grab & Go section upon entering. The Grab & Go features breakfast foods, Milkmaid’s Brew and pour-over coffee locally roasted in the District. This gives you a taste of the Farm without the inevitable wait for a table.
If you’re more of a health-foodie, worry not. There are many options including the Many Vegetable Salad and cold-pressed bottled juices that guests can enjoy in the restaurant or take to-go.
Of course, it’s not a visit to Founding Farmers without a taste of its cocktails, brews and wines. Founding Farmers has won awards for its bar and beverage program and is known for its pre-Prohibition era cocktails. This particular location will also feature 12 beer taps for Virginia-brewed beers and has original-recipe cocktails.
If you’ve never been to a Founding Farmers restaurant you’re in for a treat. This small chain was launched in the District in 2008. All Founding Farmers restaurants adhere to the same tenet of providing fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. This means breads and pastas come from Union wheat growers. The honey comes from rooftop apiaries in the District, and eggs and dairy products are sourced from Mid-Atlantic family co-ops.
Founding Farmers Tysons Corner opened on February 5, 2015. Parking is free but the restaurant is also just a block from the Silver Line Metro. Founding Farmers is open seven days a week; breakfast is available as early as 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. on weekends.
JILL POHL is a freelance writer and blogger. She studied at the University of Southern California focusing on Writing for Film and Television. She recently completed her Master's in International and Comparative Studies. Jill, her husband and two dogs live in Washington, DC. Read more at visionsofjillhanna.com