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Farmer Brown Review

foodiegrl | Jun 24, 2006 03:29 PM

Farmer Brown just opened in the 'Loin a few weeks ago, so we decided to go check it out. They are dedicated to supporting small, local & African American farmers.

Went last night around 7:00 PM - 40 minute wait for a table. They just started taking resos for small parties, but this fact isn't posted on their website yet. Drinks in the bar were dirt cheap (it was still happy hour) with specialty cocktails going for $3.50.

The space is dark & industrial with rustic touches - corroded tin paneling, distressed copper tables & folk art-inspired pieces on the wall.

When seated, we were presented with a little plate of mini cornbread muffins and biscuits that were fresh and wonderful - especially when paired with the red-pepper jam that accompanied them.

The menu was very approachable with riffs on comfort food dominating the menu. DH had the broccoli soup and roasted free range chicken with pecan-cornbread stuffing, I had the chopped garden salad and fried chicken with Tillamook cheddar mac & cheese. The beverage menu was inspired with bottled beer selections running the gamut from Red stripe to local craft brews. I had an honest-to-goodness sweet tea. Blue-bottle coffee was also offered, brewed one cup at a time.

The execution was nothing fancy, but the quality of their ingredients really shined through. The garden chop salad in particular was bursting with flavor from baby haricots verts, golden beets, sweet peas & red cabbage tossed in a light dijon vinaigrette that had a very nice horse-radishy bite to it.

We were too full for dessert, but the check came with a complimentary chocolate chip cookie that was might tasty.
Appetizers, entrees, 1 beer, 1 glass of wine & sweet tea came to $58 before tip.

Jay, the owner was also behind Bluejay Cafe & Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. The vibe is similar with a more polished edge. The service, though they just opened, was very friendly and efficient.

I would go back in a heartbeat - especially for more of those happy hour specials.

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