Dinner at Farmers Fishers Bakers

In preparation for this past Academy Awards show, I watched all nine nominated films for Best Picture. With the exception of Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, and possibly Argo, most of the films fell into my “good, not great” category. Skillful filmmaking all around, but each lacked something that prevented it from reaching the upper tier.

I had a similar feeling at Farmers Fishers Bakers.  Attractive space, lovely view, quality ingredients, admirable mission, appealing menu offerings, but when it came to our entrees… something was missing.


Farmers Fishers Bakers sits near the Georgetown waterfront, adjacent to the seasonal skating rink. I imagine it’s extra nice dining at the outdoor tables in the summer.


My friends and I agreed that our appetizers were the most successful dishes of the night. We gobbled up the hot crab dip — although the portion of crab dip was puny in relation to the quantity of bread. The serving dish arrived barely half full.


The crisp and subtly spicy chicken wings were delicious.


For entrees, Deirdre ordered the flounder Francaise. I took a taste — not much happening there flavor-wise. Liz’s steak was an improvement — the texture was excellent — but again, something wasn’t there with the flavor.

My cracklin’ pork shank wasn’t particularly cracklin’ — I expected a crisper skin. Nice piece of meat, but lacking a certain umami.


For dessert, a plate of beignets. Hard not to compare them to the yeasty, full-bodied beignets at Bayou Bakery in Arlington. I liked them, but they were more like fritters than beignets.


I love Farmers Fishers Bakers’ mission and commitment to seasonal ingredients, sustainability and environmental friendliness. As for the meal, it was decent enough, but with enough hiccups that none of us left saying “Wow!”  Maybe not Oscar worthy just yet.

Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC

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