by Judy Schwanke Six weeks after announcing their ownership, Normandy Park Ale House has opened their doors to bring a new face to the Normandy Park Towne Center. Following a “soft launch” on Thursday, the team was ready to officially open their doors at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning (Aug. 8). [caption id="attachment_52290" align="alignright" width="200"]Welcome sign to Normandy Park Ale House Grand Opening Welcome sign to Normandy Park Ale House Grand Opening[/caption] We had the privilege of arriving for the dinner hour – to a packed house. Waiting for a table didn’t take long; we were seated within 10 minutes at one of the booths that frame the restaurant. The atmosphere was lively, with classy/modern tones. Four flat screen TVs are strategically placed, which were airing the Little League Playoff games. Looking around, there were people of all ages: our table of four + grandbaby, tables with couples, tables with families, older men and women, as well as the table nearby with all women out for a fun evening. Our waitress was very friendly and stopped by to get our drink orders. The menu is well-rounded – with drinks including red and white wines, cocktails, draft beers, and a chalkboard list of 9 rotating beers on tap. They have a nice variety of Starts & Shares, Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, and Entrees. We started off with Crab Cake Sliders, which basically melted in your mouth. [caption id="attachment_52297" align="alignright" width="252"]Delicious Crab Cake Sliders Delicious Crab Cake Sliders[/caption] With just the right amount of “heat” and flavor, they consisted of three handmade crab cakes on mini brioche buns with remoulade, crispy onion strings and Mama Lil’s peppers. I sincerely hope they plan on including these in their Happy Hour. Our dinner plates arrived – and I have to say the hit of our table was what my husband ordered: Chicken Fig & Prosciutto Sandwich. So many great flavors combined to satisfy one’s palate, this grilled chicken breast, crispy prosciutto, fig jam, sundried tomato pesto, and greens on a ciabatta fit the bill. I ordered the Lamb Burger which was tender and tasty as well. The menu consists of better quality traditional pub food and has a great variety, including a children’s menu and dessert selections. Normandy Park Ale House, 19803 1st Avenue South, Normandy Park, WA 98148. Phone: 206-592-6986. Facebook at: Website: Hours for Normandy Park Ale House are 11:30 am – 2:00 am, with adults only after 10pm.  As the sign on the door states, Happy Hour  (M-F, 4-6pm) will be “coming soon.”  Let’s just hope those crab cake sliders are on the menu! 20140808_182814 Full house]]>