I would just like to start out with the disclaimer that I was VERY EXCITED FOR THIS BRUNCH. What do I mean by very excited? Well, I mean booking our table more than a week in advance and semi-obsessively reading and re-reading the menu. What I pictured was some euphoric brunch palace on par with the ‘Be Our Guest’ scene from Beauty & the Beast. I was not disappointed.
The thing about a bottomless serve-yourself brunch is that it attracts a LOT of people. Families, young people, couples, people on vacation, and more all cram into the huge restaurant. Although I made reservations, which I highly suggest if you want to get a table without waiting for over an hour, we still had to wait about ten minutes to be seated.
Once seated we were warmly greeted by our waitress and requested coffee. Meg and E got ice, while I opted for hot (I’m a traditionalist, what can I say?). This took a bit of time. Along with the coffee, we also requested cinnamon rolls. However, the cinnamon rolls never came. In fact, we had to ask roughly 3 more times until they actually arrived at our table.
Although the brunch food and serve yourself options are wonderful and plentiful, getting the attention of your waiter or waitress can be difficult as there does not seem to be enough to cater to the very busy restaurant. When ordering a-la-carte or trying to maneuver drinks & refills, we often felt like we were ‘bugging’ our waitress and it put a slight damper on the festivities. However, I should note, this was one of the only negatives of our expereince and we still had a wonderful time.
The coffee itself was wonderful and is from Compass Coffee, a DC (and WW) fave. As a note, while I always opt for milk, Meg & E always ask for a non-dairy substitute and were happy to get soy milk (so non-dairy drinkers don’t fret).
At Fisher’s brunch, you don’t simply grab one plate and be done with it. In fact, there are so many stations and so many different kinds of food – Mexican, classic American, dessert, breakfast, finger-foods, lunch -so if you tried to put everything on a single plate you may get overwhelmed. I began with the crab dip and garlic bread crostini. Let’s just say, I went back several times and this was easily my favorite food item. I also had the french toast, which was a revelation, with nutella sauce, strawberry whipcream, and a side of berries.
Also, even though the restaurant was busy, there was never more than 1 or 2 people in front of you in line for food. I’m not sure if this was just luck, or the fact that people usually get a little or one kind of food, eat, then come back. But, either way, I was pleasantly surprised that this brunch did not include a lot of waiting in line.
Another fan-favorite of this brunch was the caramelized grapefruit these were delicious and, I won’t say who, but someone in our party enjoyed upwards of 4 of these.
For my next plate, I sampled the meats — the meatballs, the chicken, and more crab dip. I really enjoyed all of these and was shocked at how fast I ate them and how fast I got up and re-filled my plate AGAIN. Okay, okay I know it sounds a little gluttonous but we were there for over 2 hours!
My only issue with the food was that the desserts were not all this little sugar-addict hoped they would be. The cinnamon rolls were great, and smothered in cream cheese icing. These are definitely a ‘must get’. E loves them and thinks they may be the best in DC. However, the rest of the desserts, small one-biters you’ve seen at any wedding or event, left a little to be desired. Sometimes smaller, individual desserts have a tendency to be a bit dry. However, brunch is not meant for desserts and they had many other sweet options like the french toast, the fresh fruit, the cinnamon buns, and the sugared grapefruit that can quench even the sweetest of sweet tooths.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we never felt rushed or pressured to leave. One thing about bottomless brunches (and we noted this in our Bar Charley review) is that oftentimes once you’ve hit the ‘limit’ you are given the check and ushered out the door. It didn’t feel that way at Farmers, and our waitress did not bring our check until well after the last time we went up to get thirds…fourths…okay and maybe a fifth but it was just a grapefruit! This was a major plus for me and really cemented my enjoyment of Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers.
We would recommend making a Saturday or Sunday reservation for a group of friends or family. It definitely is a more food-centric brunch so its a great excuse to head to Georgetown and walk the waterfront.
– T & E
Farmers, Fishers, Bakers
The Washington Harbour, 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007