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New England Dining Reviews>>> The Red Wing, Walpole, MA

The Red Wing Restaurant in Walpole, Mass., Proves You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
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Red Wing Restaurant, South Walpole, MA

Article and photo by Eric H.

The Red Wing in Walpole, Mass., will never win any beauty contests with its nondescript white wood, red roof shingle, small windows exterior that has questionable "roadside shack" written all over it.

On the interior, the Red Wing did recently renovate after many years of staying with the tile floor/formica table look. The "new" Red Wing -- while greatly improved over the previous version with new flooring and tables -- still hints at an exemption from beauty status as" plain-looking" seems forever part of the Red Wing's restaurant DNA. And the 1933 dining car that is embedded into the restaurant as a bar still looks as ancient as ever.

Beauty, however, is in the eye of the beholder, and for the Red Wing dining patrons that means classic, old school suburban, Italian-American lunch and dinner selections in large portions, quick efficient service, and great value in a family-friendly setting.

You won't find better fried clams, New England clam chowder, freshly-carved roast turkey dinners, baked salmon, marinated steak tips, fried chicken, burgers or lobster rolls in the suburbs. The homemade heavy-on-the-cheese 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 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.

Desserts are phenomenal, including blueberry and Boston Cream pies, chocolate cake and some good tasting ice cream.

The Red Wing might seem older than Walpole -- which was incorporated as a town in 1724 -- but that doesn't stop locals and Route 1 travelers from experiencing this restaurant from another era. Sometimes, it's best to stick with what has worked (the Red Wing has been under the same ownership for more than 50 years). Good food and value are, after all,  timeless, and that's a beautiful thing.

The Red Wing,  2235 Providence Highway, Route 1, Walpole, MA. Tel. (508) 668-0453

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