Normandie Farm was opened in 1931 by Marjory Hendricks, who had just returned from cooking school in France. Over the years Normandie Farm was the favorite of many Washington D.C. luminaries and politicians, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
The old school but comfy vibe is a great part of the appeal of Normandie Farm; the restaurant is decked out with 16th-century French furnishings and antique copper pans hanging from the walls. The menu is a fascinating and modernized combination of American bistro and classic French country cooking. Then and now, the most famous and popular dish at the restaurant is the popover. A popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding made with a similar batter that has been popular in England since the 17th century. The popovers at Normandie Farm are warm and buttery and are brought out to each guest at the beginning of the meal. Popular appetizers at Normandie Farm are the escargot, snails fried in a healthy serving of butter and garlic, as well as the house-cured and smoked salmon. For dinner, it is hard to go wrong with the classic filet of beef wellington, beef tenderloin with a purée of shiitake mushrooms and goose liver mousse wrapped in a light puff pastry, and topped with truffle sauce.
Normandie Farm is a throwback to another era without being a nostalgia joint and is still one of the best places to have a creative, seasonal, and relaxing meal in the Potomac area.
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