Dining at the One-of-Kind Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk,
Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 4/13/17. All photos by Eric.
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The parking lot at the Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk, Mass.,
immediately reveals good things to come with its Western saloon
exterior look, an attached country store and a wonderful char-grilled
steak aroma saturating the air.
The ambiance strikes once again when walking up the front porch steps
where an old wood smell that always seems to reside at older
countrified restaurants with character and charm. The inside confirms
what was suspected: a scene that looks like something out of the Wild
West with its authentic-looking creaky, rustic, "old west" bar and
dining room theme. A wide staircase twists and turns to the upstairs
where weathered wooden railings with spindles separate you and the
lively, crowded scene downstairs. The upstairs has a main dining room
with several smaller dining rooms sectioned off -- perfect for
small to mid-sized parties, or for those looking to get away for some
peace and quiet. The Eagle Brook also offers an outdoor second floor
porch dining deck in the warmer weather.
Downstairs dining room at Eagle Brook Saloon.
Although "Wild West" places have a made-by-television reputation for
not being family-friendly, the Eagle Brook accommodates all ages, has a
good kids menu, and a staff that acts more like your friendly neighbors
rather than a scene from one of those movies portraying dangerous
backwoods people. To validate the gentrified theme even more, the Eagle
Brook shares space (same building) with With Heart in Hand, an
old-fashioned two-story country store Martha Stewart would love with
its country home furnishings, decorations, fabrics and window
The Eagle Brook wasn't always a family-friendly place. Back in the
early 1980s, the Eagle Brook had a reputation of bringing in a rougher
crowd -- mostly decent types with an edge, but also a contingent
looking like they escaped from the Walpole Prison (now Cedar Junction)
a few miles up the road. This writer remembers seeing New Riders of the
Purple Sage, a rowdy, eccentric American country rock band with
Grateful Dead leanings, turning the amps up to play a lively set.
As more of a David Gates and Bread-type fan, this was a real eye-opener
for me and typical of the Eagle Brook scene back in the day. My goal
was to not talk about my musical tastes with anyone (including
friends), so as to not be thrown over the railings from the second
Back to the Eagle Brook today: it is fantastic in every aspect -- food,
atmosphere, service and value for the money. They also offer a wide
varities of well-known commercial beers, and their own handcrafted
ales, including blue, oatmeal stout with coffee and chocolate
overtones, and King Philip Dark ale (darker version of the
traditional amber ale with a complex flavor produced by utilizing 6
varieties of grain).
The Carson City beef stew (simmered in Eagle Brook Stout and in a bread
bowl), homemade "Boot Hill" chili, char-broiled burgers, mouthwatering
steaks cooked to near perfection, Shepard's Pie, cheesy homemade bar
pizza, nachos, fried clams, New England clam chowder and fries are all
tremendous, about as good as it gets for these types of food.
Boothill chili from the Eagle Brook Saloon.
than the legendary Buffalo Head Steakhouse in Forestport Station, N.Y.
(Adirondacks), it hard to think of a better steak -- especially the rib
eye and prime rib -- we've tasted at a rural or suburban location. The
highlight for dessert is the apple crisp, made locally at "The Big
Apple" farm in Wrentham, Mass., and served warm with a rich vanilla ice
Eagle Brook belies its Wild West theme by offering many natural,
organic-based food selections, including free-range chicken used in
many of its dishes. There's also heart-healthy salmon and salads.
The salads are really ample and terrific, especially the Caesar
with a tangy, but not overly so dressing.
Convenient to Gillette Stadium/Patriot Place in Foxboro, Mass., and the
Wrentham Outlets, the Eagle Brook Saloon delivers an all-around great
informal dining experience with a look that you won't find in too many
places in this neck of the woods called eastern Massachusetts. What
really makes the Eagle Brook worthy, however, is the food is just
outright excellent. Go west (or east, south of north), young (and old)
Eagle Brook Saloon
Norfolk, MA 02056
Tel. (508) 384-7312
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