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“So much fun”
Review of Steaming Tender

Steaming Tender
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Palmer
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great food, service, ambiance and decor. If you are a train aficionado you will love it even more. We were there for lunch. Breakfast Buffet looks like it would be worth a trip also. Definitely worth hopping off the Mass Pike for. Potato logs and "crantastic" chicken Caesar salad were terrific

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

First of all I would like to say that I am a local in the area so we have been to the Steaming Tender several times over the years. We are a family of 5 to include children ages 10 to 6. Our family loves going here because well....the environment/area is in my kids words "really cool!". The restaurant is an old train station that was re-done to be a eatery. They have static display trains around the restaurant which our kids love to check out. The actual place where you eat is big and has that great historic old train station look. Its had wood all around and wonderful displays of old train antiques. The kids love the inside as much as the outside. The food is very good and the staff has always been nice to us. There are actual tracks outside that trains go by from time to time. The feel of the dinner table starting to rumble just a little bit from the train coming makes our kids go crazy, lol. Its a great feeling! Overall we have been there several times and love this place! Go check it out. You won't be dissappointed....

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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We love the restaurant it's beautiful inside but the food has been hit or miss last night my wife got the broiled scallops there was almost no bread crumbs so she asked for more they added just a tiny bit more but still hardly any then we got the bread pudding it had such a hard crust on it that you couldn't cut thru it with a fork the replacement one was perfect but they shouldn't have served the first one

1  Thank Nelgren
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palmerdepot, Owner at Steaming Tender, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2014

We apologize that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. I will speak to our new dessert girl not to utilize the edges for our signature dessert as it is our policy to ensure top quality. Again we appreciate you as a customer and look forward to your journey back!

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you are a train person, this is the place to be. The restaurant is in an old restored train station. There are lots of artifacts of a bygone era on display plus the trains that pass. Sometimes the train stops to let the conductor hop out to work the switch and change tracks. Lots of fun. Every time we've been here, train spotters are hanging around watching the action. They even offer a train schedule for those who ask.
We've eaten here several times and have never walked away disappointed. Their extensive menu along with specials will suit every palate and the prices are quite reasonable. It's a bit of a challenge to find the place as it is off the beaten track (pun?) but it is worth the trip. You won't go wrong here...

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Serendipitously we ate here for our anniversary dinner. Our first choice was closed for renovations, shame on us for not having called. I thought of the Steaming Tender, called and found they were open, but only because of the Brimfield antique show, they are usually closed Monday and Tuesday. Not only was it a good choice, but it offers train watchers a great view.

Upon arrival we found the dining room half full and were quickly seated at a table in the center, decently spaced from others. We were handed our menu's and given time to choose our drinks, we tried their specialty a rum concoction, Ok, but it wasn't my type of drink. The menu was was extensive and there were several specials. I had one of them a pork shank, while my wife had the broiled seafood dish. The pork was excellent, slow cooked and falling off the bone, with an ample serving of mashed potatoes and pan juices and carrots, the vegetable de jur. The seafood platter had a nice piece of either haddock or flounder, with shrimp and scallops rounding out the dish. A smaller amount of potato and the carrots rounded out the meal. Not wanting to over eat, we each brought home enough for another meal. We also took home a serving of their signature whiskey bread pudding, which was delicious.

The restaurant is housed in the former Palmer Union Station, with the main line of the old Boston & Albany, now CSX running along the north side with the New England Central, the old Central Vermont on the South. Unfortunately no CSX trains passed and the NEC moved cars into their yard quietly.

For those who wish to make a day of railfanning, they offer their menu as take out, so you can eat at the outside tables or in the park while you watch the trains.

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