Hello Founding Farmers!

Hello Founding Farmers!

It is always a joy to travel to different cities and discover new eateries. I find that dining at different restaurants gives me a little bit of history of each city I visit. On a recent trip to the East Coast, I found myself at a restaurant with a unique story and foundation. This restaurant is no other Founding Farmers.


Founding Farmers is owned by more than 40,000 family farmers. Their story began in 2005 when the members of North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU)  were looking to see how the food they harvest could be brought directly to consumers. These farmers banded came together to start an upscale, farm-to-table restaurant chain and Founding Farmers was born.

Founding Farmers serves American inspired real food and drink. American classics are introduced in their own special farm way. Their most popular item on the menu is Spicy Fried Chicken and Jefferson Donut.


This dish is for folks who really want to indulge. The fried chicken in this dish is served piping hot and there is indeed a bit of spice when one eats it. It is served with macaroni and cheese and green beans. The mac and cheese has large elbow macaroni that is coated in the creamiest cheddar cheese. The Jefferson donut is similar to a cronut in fluffiness and the interior is a sweet Maple cream. I really enjoyed this dish and can see why it is so popular.

For those looking for a healthier option, they do have various salad and seafood dishes. One such dish is the Campfire trout with Lemon Butter


This seafood dish comes with sweet & sour tomato, spinach and mashed potatoes. It’s a light, healthy dish that is farm fresh.

Aside from the savory items on the menu, Founding Farmers has their own pastry studio where they offer homemade pies and macarons.


As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, I love traveling to different cities and trying various unique restaurants. I love the story of Founding Farmers. The passion of the farmers to bring the best farm fresh quality foods to every one is inspiring. The quality of their entrees can definitely be seen and I’m very happy to have visited their restaurant during my travels.

For more smiles, please check out my Yelp review on Founding Farmers.

Hello American Tandoor!

Hello American Tandoor!

Whenever I’m traveling, I’m always on the look out for some of the best cuisine that each city I visit has to offer. Just recently, I had the pleasure at dining at one of the best Indian restaurants in Tysons Corner, Virginia when I found American Tandoor.


Located at the Tyson Corner Center mall is American Tandoor.  American Tandoor specializes in Indian cuisine with a twist. Their menu has traditional Indian cuisine as well as dishes that have the influences of contemporary American and Asian cuisine.

During my trip here, I started off with a lettuce wrap, an appetizer that is normally found in an Asian restaurant. Here at American Tandoor they give lettuce wraps a whole new look via their offering of Seekh Kebab Lettuce Wraps.


The Seekh kebab lettuce wraps consist of two romain leaves topped with ground chicken kebabs and mango mayo. On the side is fresh mint yogurt for dipping. I have always loved lettuce wraps at Asian restaurants but American Tandoor’s version, simply blew me away! The large serving of tender ground chicken kebabs that was drizzled with mango mayo was pure perfection. The fresh mint yogurt gave it even more creamy pizazz.

Soon after the Seekh kebab lettuce wraps, I tried another fusion dish here via the Singapore noodles.


The Singapore noodles have chicken, cabbage, scallions on top of rice vermicelli. It is a mild noodle dish with plenty of ingredients. My favorite was the large pieces of chicken. This Indo-Chinese dish is good for those looking to try American Tandoor’s take on a Asian classic with Indian influences.

My favorite dish of all on my visit here was their butter chicken.


The word amazing does not even give this dish justice but it truly was amazing. The butter chicken consisted of tender pieces of chicken in mildy spiced creamy curry sauce. Known traditionally as Murgh Makani in Indian cuisine, this dish has now become my favorite Indian dish. Ever single ingredient of this dish from the yogurt and spice marinated chicken to the creamy red sauce made of butter, onions, ginger and tomatoes just came together to make the most pleasing main entree ever.

The butter chicken chicken on top of their basmati rice was awesome.


I enjoyed the butter chicken with the basmati rice so much, the waiter even gave me basmati rice to go! It was that good.

I am very pleased to have dined at American Tandoor during my trip to Tysons Corner, Virginia. Their take on Indian cuisine with an American influence is simply superb and their butter chicken is the best. This restaurant goes in my book of one of the most memorable dining places I have visited on the East Coast.


For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on American Tandoor.