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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.

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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.

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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.

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The crisp and subtly spicy chicken wings were delicious.

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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.

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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.

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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
202-298-8783

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Bayou Bakery’s Beignets

You can keep your trendy cupcakes and overly-glazed Krispy Kremes — I’ll take beignets. And since the Super Bowl is being played in New Orleans this Sunday, it’s only appropriate to honor this classic doughnut made famous in America by The Big Easy.

There are some great beignets at Bayou Bakery in Court House, plus a whole lot more. I’ve heard the place does a mean brunch.

“How crowded does it get for brunch?” I asked the woman behind the counter.

“Oh, it’s crowded. The line goes out the door,” she answered.

Another customer next to me piped up. “It’s worth it.”

Okay, then. Will have to come back for brunch. In the meantime, my friend Becky and I stopped in for dinner.

We both liked the ambiance and comfy decor of the self-service restaurant. Especially the back area with the couch and TV.

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Not exactly a winter drink, but I wanted to try the Rebirth Punch with fruit juice and rum. Good for any weather!

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We shared the unusual and tasty roasted endive with crumbled feta and toasted pecans.

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And the pickled black-eyed pea spread.

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Can’t go to a place called Bayou Bakery without sampling the gumbo.

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Nice, but maybe a little flat in flavor and spice compared to a really great gumbo.

My blackened turkey meatballs were moist and hearty. And quite reasonably priced — $6. Actually, everything at Bayou Bakery is reasonably priced.

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Then it was time for the grand finale, an order of beignets.

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Word of advice — be careful when breathing or moving around powdered sugar. One gesture and suddenly it was as if a blizzard had landed on my phone. I’m not sure powdered sugar damage is covered under warranty.

Anyway, beneath that avalanche were three poofy beignets. Soft and yeasty. And warm. Ooooh. We swooned over every bite.

It sure would be fun to be in New Orleans this week, living it up for the Super Bowl.  We’ll have to settle for the next best thing — eating beignets, and pretending we’re there.

Bayou Bakery
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA
703-243-2410