The Red Wing Diner in Walpole, Mass.: Amazing Comfort Foods,
Classic, Historic Dining Car Within Restaurant
Wing Diner, Walpole, Massachusetts.
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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
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.
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
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.
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 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
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: (https://www.facebook.com/190024069611/photos/a.202206629611.162489.190024069611/10154115745664612/?type=3&theater).
The Red Wing, 2235 Providence Highway, Route 1, Walpole, MA. Tel. (508)
668-0453. Web site: http://www.redwingdiner.com/ Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/THE-RED-WING-DINER-190024069611/
Illuminated Red Wing
Diner sign at twilight in Walpole, Massachusetts.
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