Northborough – Since 1981, the Steakloft on West Main Street has been delighting diners with its steaks and prime rib, along with a good selection of seafood and chicken specialties. But if you go on a Friday evening, it's easy to make a night of it. Every Friday, the Steakloft has live music from 7 to 11 p.m., and my husband and I recently took advantage of that.
The Steakloft looks like an old-fashioned steakhouse should, with dark wood dominating the main dining room, set off by twinkling lights in leafy garlands around the ceiling. Seating is in highbacked booths, which off er quiet and privacy from other diners.
Over a dozen appetizers are on the menu, along with a daily homemade soup, clam chowder or baked onion soup. Priced from $5.50 to $9.95, they include such favorites as spinach and artichoke dip, potato skins, chicken wings, and – a bit more unusual – mussels chardonnay and escargot.
We decided to split an order of the day's special appetizer, Rhodie fried clams ($7.95). The order was definitely enough to share, a pile of very lightly breaded clams, piping hot, in a sauce of oil, vinegar and sliced hot peppers. The clams were really good, with the peppers providing a spicy but not overpowering accent.
The Steakloft's entrees, as expected, feature a choice of steaks and about 10 diff erent preparations. The sirloin steaks are available in 8-oz., 12-oz., or in some cases, 16 oz. portions. The beef entrees run $14.95 to $24.95, and are served with a potato or vegetable.
If you're not a beef-eater, there are a dozen seafood choices and almost as many chicken options, most priced from $12.95 to $15.95. And if you really can't decide among the dinner options, the Steakloft off ers combination dinners for $24.95.
Even though our fried clams appetizer convinced us that the restaurant would do a good job with its seafood, we wanted beef at a steakhouse.
My husband opted for the basics, a 12-oz. special choice grilled sirloin steak ($17.95), and I ordered the prime rib ($19.95) that the Steakloft brags about. We weren't disappointed. Both were prepared exactly as we had ordered them, medium with just a light pink center.
The sirloin was tender with a crusty grilled exterior, and the caramelized carrots my husband had ordered with it were still firm.
The generous, half-inch-thick slice of prime rib was also very tender and flavorful. The hot, crisp steak fries stayed hot and crisp because they were served in a separate dish instead of piled onto the prime rib to become soggy in the meat juices. I really appreciate that attention to detail.
The Steakloft off ers a basic list of wines, and all are available by the glass, reasonably priced at $5.25 to $7. There's also a nice selection of beers on draft and by the bottle.
We moved to the lounge to linger over an after-dinner drink, and listen to the evening's entertainment, guitarists David Garden and Eric Yanaway.
The Steakloft, 369 West Main St., Northborough, also serves lunch Tuesdays through Fridays starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Mondays, the restaurant opens at 4 p.m. for dinner. For additional information, call 508-393-8134.
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