May 012007

This is an OLD, outdated review.  A newer review of Norman Quacks can be found by clicking here.

Cuisine: American, Steak, Ribs, Fish & Chops,

Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking

Location: Forest Lake, MN

Address: 843 West Broadway Avenue   Forest Lake, MN 55025    651-982-6777

Links: Google Map


Atmosphere: Located within a relatively new strip mall, Norman Quack’s is one of the nicest casual restaurants in the Forest Lake area.  The walls are painted warm colors, and you will see a collection of old books, metal posters and other various odds & ends throughout.  The restaurant has a main dining area with several booths as well as tables to accommodate larger groups, and a bar area with taller tables.

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Menu: Appetizers include beer-battered cheese curds, quesadillas, buffalo chicken bites, potato skins and jalapeno poppers.   On the lighter side, Quack’s offers a variety of salads, including a fajita chicken salad and many others.  Sandwiches include the Monte Cristo, french dip, buffalo chicken sandwich, walleye, and specialty burgers.

Main entrees at Quack’s are steak, ribs, pork chops, shrimp, surf & turf,  and daily fish specials (usually talapia, red snapper, mahi-mahi, walleye or cod).

There is a different daily special every day of the week

Price guide: Appetizers $5-8  Sandwiches $7-9 Entrees $10-18

What I ordered:  Started off with Norm’s beer-battered cheese curds, served with a side of ranch dressing.  Love the saltiness and texture of these greasy treats! The ranch dressing is a nice combination too.


I have tried several of the sandwiches at Quack’s, but this huge buffalo-coated chicken sandwich is the best!  The buffalo sauce they use is tangy and has a nice kick without being too spicy.  The cheddar cheese and crispy bacon give it the extra “oomph” that is lacking on most other buffalo chicken sandwiches served elsewhere!  My only complaint is that it is very big and messy….. 


My companion ordered the Sunday Prime Rib Special…. 10oz Prime Rib served with onion rings for $10.  The steak was pretty good and a very good deal for the money.  The large beer-battered onion rings are very crispy and taste wonderful, but tend to fall apart easily .


Service: Slower than it should be.  My visit was around lunchtime on a Sunday, and it took a good 5 minutes before the waitress came to take our drink order.  I was also disappointed that Norman’s did not bring us any of their usual freshly-baked bread with seasoned whipped butter.  The service on previous visits was more prompt and much friendlier.

Overall Impression: One of the best options in Forest Lake for decent food at a decent price, but could take the service up a notch.

  8 Responses to “Norman Quack’s Chophouse ~ Forest Lake, MN”

  1. […] is an updated review from the original I wrote in May 2007.  I have eaten at Norman Quack’s countless times since then and felt a new, updated review […]

  2. The Ribs at Norman Quacks are fabulous! They are by far the best ribs I have had in the cities. Service has been really quite good each time we visit. We also had the filet which we order medium rare – It was also excellent – I rate it with manny’s which is one of my favorite steak house. It is a pretty casual place, but I would compare the food to a finer dining. Highly recommended!!!!!!!

  3. My wife and I just tried Norman Quacks for the first time. We’ve driven by there many times and laughed at the name so we decided to give it a go. Our service was fine, the bread prompt, our server polite, the food was tasty (although the onion rings did tend to fall apart and were too salty for my taste), and with the many menu selections we had a hard time deciding on an entree.
    We definitely will go back again to try another menu item before we make a firm opinion and decide if we would recommend it to friends.
    The food prices and portions were well within reason.

  4. We were less than satisfied with the SERVICE (or lack thereof). The waiter was unfriendly, cold and unconcerned with our wishes. This is unforgivable in a restaurant. What else do you have to sell? The prime rib that we ordered medium was more than well done. We had to wait for horseradish to be delivered (after we asked for it) for some time. During the “salad time” I asked for a few more pices of bread since two the four origanlly served were burned beyond an acceptable level. We got the bread half way throught the main course.
    We were VERY unhappy with both the servide and the quality of food.

  5. Glad you liked Quack’s. Their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is the BEST!!!!

  6. M and I went here on Friday night. We had a server change right after our drink order and no one came to help us until we said something. The server was very apologetic and they gave us a $10 gift cert with our bill, which in my mind more than made up for the error. I thought the food was good. We too, ate the cheese curds but they were way too salty for me. The menu had so many items that I would love to try and we will definitely be back.

  7. Why does Cornerstone always come up when I click on Norman Quacks? and why is there no menu on line like other places?

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