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.
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.