Maryland is known for its incredible seafood. But when you’re in the mood to explore a little bit outside of your comfort zone, perhaps away from the crab by the dock, you can’t do much better than an authentic French food experience. Find 7 of our favorite spots below.
Bistro Poplar in Cambridge, Maryland, offers modern bistro cuisine and “stays true to classic French cuisine while blending Mediterranean and Asian flavors for a uniquely American result.” Their seasonal menu is constantly changing to bring out the best flavors of the season. Stop in Sunday to try a variety of small-plate tapas.
Crepes A-Go-Go brings the casual creperies of Paris to Gaithersburg, Maryland. The crepes are made to order and come in sweet or savory varieties. They also have gelato if your sweet tooth isn’t satiated by the crepe.
Normandie Farm in Potomac, Maryland, has been in business since 1931, but is still racking up rewards. They are a 2018 Diners’ Choice Award winner as awarded by OpenTable. The owners invite you to “enjoy Normandie Farm’s classic main dining room with cathedral beamed ceilings, distinctive and rustic French décor which create a classic and unforgettable ambiance.”
Tersiguels in Ellicott City, Maryland, offers French country cooking every night of the week and for Sunday brunch. The restaurant is happy to offer French clubs and students a special menu to help them practice their French and learn from the staff. Book your table on their website or call ahead.
Award-winning Chef Jean-Louis has offered authentic French cuisine for the last 31 years to Annapolis, Maryland, diners. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday—Sunday and offer a breakfast menu on the weekends. Check their website for the specials before coming in.
If TripAdvisor reviews are any indication, then La Ferme is simply wonderful. The dinner menu is chock full of French favorites prepared well. They offer lunch on Saturday, but it’s reserved for private events of at least 20 people. Brunch is served most Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mosaic Cuisine offers French cuisine with a modern twist. According to their website, “throughout the menu, look for various cuisines from around the world, such as waffle French toast from Belgium, tomato and pesto soup from Palermo, Italy, artichoke and spinach dip from USA, and chocolate financier direct from heaven.” Though Mosaic offers a mosaic of options, the main attraction here is the French food. The beef bourgignion is particularly scrumptious.