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The Red Wing Diner in Walpole, Mass.: Amazing Comfort Foods, Classic, Historic Dining Car Within Restaurant

Red Wing Diner in Walpole, MassachusettsRed Wing Diner, Walpole, Massachusetts.

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz.
Page created on 8/26/17.

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The Red Wing Diner dates back to the early 1930s and recently renovated the rest of the restaurant with new flooring, tables and a fresh-looking exterior after many years of staying with the old tile floor/formica table look.

It all looks good, and for you classic diners fans, you just have to check out the dining car section! Like most bars, you can order food there -- and the great news is that the food is generally phenomenal.
The 1933 Worcester Dining Car that is embedded as a bar into the Red Wing Diner restaurant still looks as ancient as ever, and is truly a thing of beauty -- virtually untouched and true to form unlike most other historic dining cars that have been totally renovated. The weathered wooden counter and red stools, barrel-shaped ceiling, old tile floors and orange-stained glass around the barrel-shaped ceiling, old tile floors and orange stained glass around the windows lend an authenticity that you just won’t see that much anymore in diners. It’s like the unedited version of a movie.

Red Wing Diner, Walpole, Mass.
The ancient diner embedded into the Red Wing Diner building.

A local landmark, the Red Wing Diner serves classic, old school suburban, Italian-American lunch and dinner selections in large portions with quick, efficient service, and great value for the money in a family-friendly setting. You won't find better whole belly fried clams, clam strip rolls, homemade onion rings, New England clam chowder, freshly-carved roast turkey dinners, baked salmon, marinated steak tips, fried chicken, burgers, bar pizza and lobster rolls in the Boston suburbs. The homemade heavy-on-the-cheese, loaded-with-toppings South Shore-style bar pizza is a real winner, and a Greek salad transcends the generic house of pizza kind with mixed greens, plenty of feta and a nice tasting Greek dressing. The Red Wing also serves excellent Italian-style meals like chicken parmesan, shrimp scampi, and grilled linguica over pasta and topped with marinara sauce.

Red Wing Diner in Walpole MA serves a great roast turkey dinner.
Roast turkey dinner from the Red Wing Dinr in Walpole, Mass.

Perhaps the greatest dish at the Red Wing Diner is the fried Fisherman's Platter -- a heaping serving of clam strips (or whole bellied clams, if you wish), scallops, haddock, shrimp, onion rings and fries. It's delicious, a bargain deal and enough for two or three people with the potential for leftovers to be taken home...

Fisherman's Platter from the Red Wing Diner in Walpole, Massachusetts.
Fisherman's platter at the Red Wing Diner.

The waitresses have personality, are quick on their feet, seem to have good peripheral vision if you need their attention, and deliver your food in quick fashion -- just like a diner should.
Desserts are phenomenal, including blueberry and Boston Cream pies, chocolate cake and some good tasting ice cream.
There’s something to greatly admire about a restaurant that has been in business for more than 80 years with only a few ownership changes. Harvey Ernstrom opened the Red Wing in 1931 and it has been owned by the Murphy family (currently Liam) since 1952. Great grandparents, grandparents, parents and the newest generation have loved the Red Wing which is still thriving to this very day -- including that glorious embedded diner!

Interesting Red Wing Diner tidbit: The Red Wing goes through an average 350 pounds of onions a week or over nine tons a year to make its homemade onion rings, according to a Red Wing Diner Facebook post: (

The Red Wing, 2235 Providence Highway, Route 1, Walpole, MA. Tel. (508) 668-0453. Web site: Facebook fan page:

Red Wing Diner sign, Walpole, Massachusetts
Illuminated Red Wing Diner sign at twilight in Walpole, Massachusetts.

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