11 Uxbridge Road (Route 16)
Mendon MA 01756
508 478 0871
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to meet with Patch Associate Regional Editor, MetroWest Boston…Danielle Horn and inevitably the conversation turned to food, with my asking her for the next great place to review:
“What’s one of your favorite places to go eat?”
“New England Steak and Seafood in Mendon,” was Danielle’s immediate response.
“Really? Are they still open?”
“Yes, in fact I got married there.”
I had to check this place out…the very center of Danielle’s nuptials!
Before Westborough I lived in Blackstone for seven years (think Woonsocket, RI) and New England Steak and Seafood was one of those well-known places everyone went to for a fancy dinner. One recent night I was heading out to do a review, and was joined by Danielle and her husband, Ernie.
Driving to “the little town of Mendon” was easy, Rt 495 S to Rt 85 S, to Rt 16 South. I came back using the back road through Upton. The restaurant is across the street from Imperial Cars, 52 bright acres of Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jeeps.
New England Steak and Seafood has been operated by the Quirk family since 1956. Jimmy Quirk came over and visited the table, offering a quick answer on why one item on the menu is called, Seafood Sinatra. “We used to call it Seafood Fettuccini…my brother John likes Frank Sinatra so we changed the name. Sales are up and we didn’t change the recipe. We even added a picture of Sinatra out of appreciation.”
The place looks like an old style New England restaurant, with exposed wooden beams and antiques galore.
Danielle commented the banquet facility on the lower level is quite large, and everyone complimented the food at the wedding. As the facility boasts over 700 seats, one would hope the food was good.
The bread plate was overflowing with cinnamon sticky buns, onion rolls and blueberry bread. The cinnamon bun smelled delicious.
Salads were next…with large sized fresh greens with delicious dressings.
For the main course, the Horns both went with a special steak stir fry, and I went with a sirloin steak.
I can’t say how the stir fry was, but observed Mr. Horn becoming a member of the “clean plate club” enjoying his dinner, while Mrs. Horn demurely asked for a take home package for the remainder. My steak was reminiscent of a roast…good sized (for 12 oz) with nice texture and flavor, accompanied by a baked potato and veggies.
Beginning to breathe a sigh of relief the evening was going in the direction of a “green light” and not an awkward light of a different color, the deal was sealed when the large varied dessert tray arrived. I went with a molten chocolate cake with ice cream and a cappuccino, while the happy couple each had a Hot Apple Fritter, which Head Chef John Quirk had served to Republican President Ford.
Overall, I was pleased with the restaurant and certainly the company. I can see why someone would want to have a function there, and would place New England Steak and Seafood on my short list of classic New England eateries.
And, ironically, when this review runs it will be darned close to the Horn anniversary (October 17.) Please join me in wishing them ongoing happiness.
Saturday and Monday at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 AM
Sunday at Noon, Closed on Tuesdays
New England Steak and Seafood gets a GREEN LIGHT…go and enjoy.
About the RAG scale:
Green Light – Go and enjoy
Amber Light – Use caution
Red Light – Save your time and money