October 21, 2014

WRR: Normandie Cafe

If you’re from Holladay, you know Normandie Cafe. If you’re not, get yourself to the east side, and get a sandwich, a brownie, or some quiche, and get to know the Normandie Cafe.

At the recommendation of the staff, I ordered the black bean burger with sweet potato fries.

“Is it beef, or black beans,” I asked, dubious about a menu item that seemed designed to trick me into something vegetarian, and therefore gross.

“No beef, but look–I don’t like vegetarian,” he said from under his fedora. “And I love it.”

Ok. Fair enough. If it’s good enough for him, perhaps it would be good enough for me…I decided to try it.

Let me tell you: it was awesome.

The bun was soft, but had been toasted on the inside where the burger sat, which added a crispy element to the bean burger that kept me looking for bacon. The bean burger itself was delicious, soft and firm all at once. A slightly spicy dressing topped it off, as well as fresh toppings.

The sweet potato fries weren’t to shabby, either. Quite the contrary, in fact. I’m not a sweet potato fan, not at all, and I found myself going back for one fry after another.

Lest I forget, I suggest you order a brownie to go with the meal. Although there are many delightful looking treats behind the glass at Normandie, we ordered a mint brownie. Gooey fudgey, topped with a soft mint spread, and the covered with a more firm chocolate shell, I found myself wishing I hadn’t opted to share with My Better-half. I could have eaten several more pieces.

If you’ve not enjoyed lunch at Normandie, take a trip over to Holladay, and try it. I think you’ll find yourself pleased with the result.

So how does it rate?

Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10

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Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

  • Byron

    My problem with Normandie is that the service is indifferent at best and usually much worse. Especially since the move into their new place.

    I won’t go there to sit down anymore.

    They really don’t seem to care at all and that overshadows whatever food they serve.

    • http://publiusonline.com Daniel B.

      You’ve got a point. We did have to wait before we could get a seat.

    • http://publiusonline.com Daniel Burton

      Yeah, I can see that. We had to wait for a while to get seated, and then it wasn’t clear who was in charge of the show.

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