Louis Bromfield is one of those legendary renaissance men. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Hollywood screenwriter, friend to Bogart, Bacall, Hemingway — Bromfield led a full life, highlighted by his Malabar Farm, a tribute to conservation farming located in the rolling hills of North Central Ohio.
Now a popular Ohio State Park, Malabar Farm was in the news recently as the recipient of a half-million dollar grant from Ohio earmarked to restore Bromfield’s famous Big House on Malabar Farm — the site of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s 1945 wedding.
The Malabar Farm Restaurant Delights with Locally Sourced Food
This article looks at the Malabar Farm Restaurant located across the road from the farm in an old stagecoach inn built in 1820. Bromfield’s farm market also resides on the grounds.
The French-inspired menu at the restaurant reflects Bromfield’s residence in France before moving back to Ohio at the advent of World War 2. They have a goal of eventually using 100 percent Ohio-sourced produce.
The Croque Monsieur and sweet bread come recommended and a host of pasta dishes add variety to the menu. Even the hamburgers are excellent!