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Dining at the One-of-Kind Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk, Massachusetts

Eagle Book Saloon, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

by 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.

Downstairs dining room at Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk MA
Downstairs dining room at Eagle Brook Saloon.

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.

View from upstairs at the Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk, Massachusetts

Dining areas at the Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk, Massachusetts

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 treatments.

The Eagle Brook 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, fresh fish options, 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 Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk MA
Boothill chili from the Eagle Brook Saloon.

Other 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 cream.

 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) diner!

The Eagle Brook Saloon is located at 258 Dedham St., Route 1A, Norfolk, MA 02056. Tel. (508) 384-7312.

Also, log onto the Eagle Brook Saloon Facebook fan page for more information.

Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New england travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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