- Steaming Tender Restaurant Partnership
Steaming Tender in Palmer, Massachusetts: A Fantastic Restaurant on
the Right Track
Tender Restaurant, Palmer Massachusetts.
by Eric Hurwitz. Created 4/5/2017.
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Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass., operates on all cylinders
when it comes to a wonderful restaurant experience.
Located on a private road a few minutes off the Mass Turnpike in a 19th
century Romanesque-style, downtown Palmer railroad station designed by
legendary architect, H.H. Richardson, Steaming Tender not only serves
amazing comfort foods but also earns high points as a fun,
dining destination with loads of charm and character. Inside, train and
railroad station memorabilia saturate the walls, and the 30 ft. high
ceilings and wood
design and decor in the large rustic main dining room and bar area lend
a cozy, comfortable retro vibe that makes it hard to leave. It's one of
the most beautiful restaurant dining rooms I have experienced in all of
Outside, the two rail lines with trains traveling by all day offers
true authenticity to the train station setting. The open-air Heritage
Museum at Steaming Tender showcases period transportation, including a
1909 New Haven Railroad passenger car, an 1890 Wells Fargo hotel-style
Stagecoach, a 1920s Pumper car, various sleighs and wagons, and a
gorgeous 1915 Porter Steam Locomotive & Tender, according to the Steaming Tender web site. It's an
incredible sight, and quite educational and entertaining to people of
While the historic train and railroad flourishes make Steaming Tender a
destination, it is the excellent food and drink offerings that truly
brings the customer "all aboard" with the overall dining experience. The
rib is to die for, the seafood fresh, the burgers mouthwatering, chili
so flavorful, and the lobster bisque tasting like something from the
best New England coastal seafood restaurants.
Burger from Steaming Tender.
The menu is huge and definitely has something for everyone. Appetizers
include beer battered fried pickles, homemade potato chips, shrimp
scampi flatbread and stuffed portabella mushroom caps. Homemade soups,
fresh salad and sandwich options abound while dinners like whole fried
clams, New England haddock and sea scallops, Maine lobster roll, pot
roast dinner, New England turkey dinner with all the fixing's, baked
lobster mac and cheese, porterhouse steak, and baby back ribs create a
great foundation to those looking for hearty meals served in big
portions. If you have enough room for dessert, strawberry cheesecake,
carrot cake, gluten free chocolate lava cake (plenty of gluten free
menu items here, by the way) and whiskey bread pudding should satisfy
the sweetest tooth.
The main dining room features a handsome bar with an extensive drinks
list including house wines, white wines, red wines, bottled beer, on
tap beer, martinis, "moonshine drinks," and the signature Locomotion
drink: vanilla and coconut rums, and cranberry and pineapple juices
served in a pint glass.
The service is always efficient and friendly, and the owners run,
have maintained the restaurant beautifully -- like a well-oiled train!
FYI, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and Sunday morning
brunch from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. The old-time Parlor Car - separate from
the restaurant -- can be rented for functions and special events.
I would place Steaming Tender in my top five of all restaurants in New
England. The food, atmosphere, service and historical preservation
create an experience that just feels so right. I would never hesitate
to drive the 90 miles from our home to central Massachusetts to eat here -- it's that good!
Steaming Tender is located at 28 Depot St. in Palmer, Massachusetts.
Tel. 413-283-2744. Log onto the Steaming Tender web
site or Steaming Tender Facebook Fan Page
for more information and updates. Editor's note:
Steaming Tender just opened a high end historic hotel, The
Trainmaster's Inn at 1292 Main St. in Palmer, which is within walking
distance of the restaurant. Read more about The Trainmaster's Inn right here
Train travels by Steaming Tender Restaurant.
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