An international clientele gathers at Founding Farmers, thanks to the fact that the restaurant is on the ground floor of the International Monetary Fund, 1 block from World Bank Headquarters, and within a short walk of the Pan American Health Organization and the State Department. But the real reason for its popularity may be that it led the charge in real restaurants opening in this neck of the woods (as opposed to fast-food joints and delis). So, expect a boisterous and busy atmosphere, especially downstairs, which holds a big bar as well as booths and tables. Upstairs tends to be quieter, with silo-shaped booths and small clusters of intimate seating. So, what to order? Fans enthuse about the fancy cocktails, the bourbon-battered French toast at brunch, and, for lunch and dinner, the crispy shrimp; signature dishes like Yankee pot roast and chicken pot pie; and the griddled farm bread topped with brie, onion jam, and sliced apples. The options include a number of meatless entrees. Founding Farmers has several popular siblings, including Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown waterfront at 3000 K St. NW, and Farmers & Distillers at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW.