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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 in Walpole, Mass., first openeed in the 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.

There's also an amazing sight at the Red Wing: a 1933 Worcester Dining Car that is embedded as a bar. Unlike most other historic dining cars that have been totally renovated, this one remains true to form with a ancient 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.  The main dining room is probably a more comfortable place to eat, but make sure, regardless, to check out the old diner!

Red Wing Diner, Walpole, Mass.
The old-time diner embedded into the Red Wing Diner building.

I absolutely love the classic, old school suburban, Italian-American lunch and dinner selections in large portions, quick efficient service, and great value. You won't find better a better fried seafood platter, New England clam chowder, carved-daily, fresh roast turkey with all the "fixins'", or lobster rolls in the suburbs.

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

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

The heavy-on-the-cheese, loaded-with-toppings South Shore-style bar pizza is a real winner, the tuna roll tasty and plentiful, 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.
Good food in huge portions at low prices served by a nice staff is timeless, after all.

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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