This 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 was long overdue!
Cuisine: American, Fish, Steaks, Chops & Ribs
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, On-Site Parking, Flat Screen TVs
Location: Forest Lake, MN
Address: 843 West Broadway Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-982-6777
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10p Sun 11am-9pm
Links: *Norman Quack’s Website *Norman Quack’s Facebook Page *Google Map
Atmosphere: Norman Quacks is conveniently located at the end of a small strip mall facing Broadway Ave, between Hwy 61 and I-35. The space is big and open, with a bar area to the left when you walk in and the dining room on the right. There are a number of booths and tables throughout the restaurant, with space to accommodate larger parties in the back. Everywhere you look there are interesting objects hanging on the walls, and a library’s-worth of books stacked on the half-wall between the booths, giving the restaurant character while making the booths more private.
The Bar Area also has tables as well as seating at the bar. There are also a couple of flat-screen TVs that typically view local sporting events.
Menu: Appetizers at Norman Quacks include Colossal Onion Rings, Quesadillas, Potato Skins, Cheese Curds, Chicken Tenders, 7 Layer Dip and Chips, Buffalo Tender Bites, Peppered Tips & Blackened Toms, Chicken Wings, BBQ Pork Ribs, Creamy Pepperjack Queso & Chips, Coconut Shrimp Kabob and Garlic Alfredo Toast.
Salad offerings are the Chicken Tender Salad, Spinach Tips and Tomatoes, Fajita Salad, House, Salmon Black & Blue, Chicken Caesar, Oriental Shrimp, and Caesar Salad. Soups include Creamy Baked Potato, Prime Rib Stew, and Soup of the Day.
Sandwiches include BBQ Pork and Cheddar, Buffalo Chicken, Prime Fajita Melt, Walleye, Catfish Po’ Boy, Monte Cristo, Skinny Ribeye, Roasted Bahama Chop (pork with jerk sauce, mozzarella and pico de gallo), Dante’s Revenge, Triple Play Sandwich (layers of ham, turkey, roast beef and bacon with cheddar, mozzarella and jack), French Dip, Philly French Dip, B.L.T, and Blackened Salmon Melt.
The following sandwiches can be made with either chicken breast, ground beef burger or bison burger: Plain Jane, Sloppy Rio (with cheese sauce, beans and sauteed peppers), Mushroom, 4 Cheese, Smoke Head (sauteed mushrooms, onion, bacon, bbq sauce and cheese), Peppered with Bacon and Blue Cheese, Patty Melt, Clubhouse and Bacon Blue.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-9 Salads $7-9 Burgers/Sandwiches $7-10 Entrees $11-17
Happy Hour: 4-6pm EVERYDAY. 1/2 Priced Appetizers (all except the Samplers)
Sunday- $10.95 12 oz Prime Rib with Onion Rings
What we ordered: We started with the basket of freshly baked Ciabatta Bread. The bread is served with a flavored whipped butter, the flavor of which changes daily. We had garden-herb butter on this visit.
We also got an order of Cheese Curds. I love the cheese curds at Quack’s! The gooey white cheddar curds are battered with the same unique batter that is used on the giant onion rings, and are slightly salty. They are fried perfectly until crispy golden brown on outside, and not too greasy. Great dipped in the ranch that comes with it.
For my meal I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which is what I order 90% of the time I visit Quacks. This is my favorite sandwich on the menu and is the best Buffalo Chicken sandwich I have had anywhere. They start with the biggest chicken breast they can find, then bread it, deep fry it, and coat it in delicious and mildly spicy Buffalo sauce. It has a couple of sliced of thick-cut bacon and melted cheddar cheese, tomato and lettuce served on the side. Very big and very messy, I usually end up using silverware to eat it.
One of my companions ordered a “double” of the the Sunday Prime Rib Special (usually 12 oz cut served with onion rings for $10.95). This GIANT cut of prime rib weighed in at around 25 oz, most of which was meat with just a small amount of fat. Served with au jus and creamy horseradish. Excellent cut of meat for a great price, making Quack’s a popular place on Sundays!
Another companion ordered the Two-Pork Chop Dinner (can order one or two chops), served with fries (choice of potato) and soup or salad. These were two big, tender and juicy pork chops, with Cajun seasonings. Big enough to share between two!
One of my companions also ordered a Bloody Mary, which came dressed with beef stick, olives, celery and pepperoncini pepper. Thick and spicy!
We did not have dessert on this visit but here is a photo of the Giant Chocolate Cake that I took just a few months ago on a different visit. Heavenly and gigantic with at least four layers of dark chocolate cake nestled between more layers of thick, chocolate butter cream frosting. I recommend that you share this big boy!
Service: Our service on this occasion was great! We were greeted and seated immediately and our order was taken promptly. Within minutes of being seated we were given a nice big basket of bread fresh out of the oven right. Drinks were refilled promptly and food came out at a reasonable pace.
Overall Impression: I’ve already mentioned that Norman Quack’s is one of my favorite restaurants. They have a fine selection of quality steaks and fish, the specialty sandwiches and burgers are all really good, and the half-priced appetizers during Happy Hour are a great deal. The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Prime Rib are what we crave, in fact there is a good chance you’ll find me (and at least one companion) here on any given Sunday. See you there!