On my trip to DC, I decided to try a restaurant called Fare Well. The owners of this restaurant also own Sticky Fingers, previously mentioned in my Hip City Veg review. On yelp, there are a ton of mixed reviews. A lot of people raved about the food, but were also very vocal about the lack of customer service. Being that I already knew not to expect an out of the world overall experience (but good food) I was willing to give this place a try. Not to mention it was a 4 minute walk from my Airbnb, so it was too convenient to pass up.
Fare Well begins serving brunch at 11:00am, so my husband and I arrived at about 10:50am. I assume that because it was Mother’s Day, it was busier than usual. We waited for an hour to be seated (they send you a text when your table is ready). Our poor waiter was doing three different jobs. He acted as the hostess, waiter, and bakery cashier. Needless to say, the service was pretty slow. It took us about 20 minutes to place an order and because he was being stretched so far across the restaurant, he wasn’t very attentive. He did however continue to thank us for our patience.
After we ordered, the food came out within about 20 minutes. I ordered the Seitan and Waffles as well as a piece of monkey bread from the bakery (they were out of sticky buns), while my husband had the Polenta Fries. My dish was pretty amazing. The waffle left me wanting another! One was not enough! The outside was perfectly crisp and paired well with the syrup. This was my first time trying Seitan and I enjoyed that as well. I’m not dying to have it again anytime soon, but I would certainly order it again if given the opportunity.
I saved the monkey bread to snack on later, but didn’t end up eating it until the next day. I microwaved it for about 12 seconds and ate it right away. It was amazing! Sooo good! As for my husband’s polenta fries, they weren’t our favorite. This was our first time trying polenta and probably our last. For those that are unfamiliar, polenta is boiled cornmeal, commonly served as porridge but can be allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled. In this case ours was fried.
I would rate Fare Well place a 7 out of 10. Although I really enjoyed my food, they still have a great deal of work to do to ensure that the customer experience aspect is not overlooked. After waiting for an hour to be seated, a very dirty water glass, a waiter that was too busy to consistently check on us and running out of one of their most popular items (sticky buns) on such a knowingly busy day, there was much to be desired. Would I return to Fare Well? Possibly, but I’m certainly not in a rush to do so. If I did, it would definitely not be on a holiday and probably first thing in the morning when they open.
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