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Old Station Steakhouse

August 17th, 2008


We made it over to the newly opened, Old Station Steak House, which is, as I mentioned before, a Brazilian buffet, not a steak house really but we’ve been waiting to be able to go in this H.H. Richardson designed building which is on the National Register of Historic Places and Ethan has never been inside.  I haven’t been in here since it was Ebenezer’s.  When we first entered, the stairs leading up to what used to be the bar (where I celebrated my 21st birthday) are now blocked off and that area must be used as an office or storage.  It’s a shame because that was a fun bar.   I have to say though, they did a great job with the bar area downstairs and it looks really nice.

The dining room is spacious with it’s tall ceilings and roomy seating plan and unlike when I was 21, I can appreciate the history of the building through it’s architecture and features like the fireplace and window styles.


I took a bunch of pictures of the food on the buffet but lost them somehow, so I’ll just show you our plates with what we got:
My plate: Cauliflower, broccoli, beets, fried boneless chicken, fried banana, polenta, steak fries, collard greens, and one of 4 meats brought to the table, a chicken sausage.

Ethan’s plate: Fries, chicken, salad, rice and he got some meats that came to the table too.

 Here’s the chicken sausage as it was brought over:

This was the same way the brisket and short beef ribs were brought over too.

The staff was very nice and would come over asking us if we needed anything and the meal is a good deal price-wise too because it’s all you can eat and includes the meat carver coming to your table, all for $9.99 rather than how some buffets charge by the pound.

Although I do still wish this was more of an Ebenizer’s type place, I think this would still be a great place to meet someone after getting off the train for a drink in the bar.  The food was pretty good too, even Ethan who has a little higher standard for buffets than I do, thought it was good.  AND, it’s looks nice inside, they’ve done a good job keeping the character of the building, maybe because it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, but still, it’s one of Framingham’s more interesting buildings and a good place to dine at and take in some history.

14 Comments »

  1. I ate lunch at “Old Station” one day last week with two friends: one Brazilian, and one American. I like the Brazilian way of preparing and cooking meat. The meats were great, and in fact, ALL the various kinds of food I had at the buffet were great. I think the $9.99 price is a special price for a limited time. It’s a great deal! About half of the diners were Americans and there was a fair number of people in the place. I think their name “Old Station” may have been a smart choice in that (frankly) Brazilian names tend to scare some Americans off. I hope this place is successful for the long haul!

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril August 17, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  2. I tried this place with my boyfriend who is Brazilian & I’m Irish, and we both really enjoyed everything from the meats to the salads. Apparently, the buffet will stay $9.99 for Saturdays & Sundays, but weekdays will be different. That price is unbeatable for the amount/quality of food!

    Comment by Kaity August 18, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

  3. Hey there. Just moved to Framingham a month ago and found your blog. Nice site, looks like I can pick some brains about my new home town 🙂

    I love Brazilian BBQ, I used to go to Midwest Grill in Cambridge, I hope this place is as good or better.

    Is there any good middle-eastern food in Framingham? I’ve discovered Aegean Restaurant on Route 30 which is excellent but wanted something more Lebanese or Moroccan.

    Comment by Osiris August 19, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  4. Enough Brazilian restaurants. Brazil is not known for its great cuisine and none of the ones i have visited are worth noting. Whats so exciting about rice, beans and meat on a stick ?

    Comment by FRANK August 29, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

  5. Boy do I feel like a fossil! I remember the old train station when it was a train station. My mother and I would ride the buddliner into Boston to shop, then meet my dad, who worked in town, for the ride home. We’d buy our tickets in the station and wait on benches there for the train.

    That was back in the ’50s–not so very long ago, if you ask me!

    Comment by Catherine R. September 4, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

  6. Osiris, maybe try Big Fresh between Rt 9 and Rt 30, by Walmart. They have a falafel wrap or pita and Moroccan chicken tangine.

    Comment by Marie September 10, 2008 @ 1:01 am

  7. Just like Rio!!! The best Brazilian bar-b-q Ive had since Brazil. Great sevice and ambiance as well. This place is sure to be successful It only cost $9.99!!!

    Comment by Alex September 17, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  8. Awww… I’m a little disappointed and I’m half Brazilian =( I love the food, but I was hoping for a little variety. Framingham Sub and shop is greasy, and Anastasia’s is not really American food. Sometimes I just want something simple when the explorer in me is too tired.

    And oh, Brazil is actually known for its’ cuisine. As evident from the many food network’s specials on them. It’s just that although I eat hot dogs and salami, I’m practically vegetarian, and Brazil is basically carnivorous. It’s meat meat meat! X_X

    I’ll drop by and give it a try though!

    Comment by Hygor November 13, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  9. Great food and the best brazilian BBQ I ever tried. The service was ok and the atmosphere is awesome. If you want to try a “home made like” food this is the place!

    Comment by Jean Machado January 12, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  10. ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE !
    The bar was filthy and looked / smelled like a subway station. The bartender had no clue how to make a martini.
    What a shame that this magnificent building is being used to house a sleazy “restaurant”. H.H. Richardson must be turning over in his grave!

    Comment by frank January 23, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  11. The name is misleading. Don’t miss a terrific cozy little Turkish restaurant in Saxsonville.
    SUBS AND MORE 1609 CONCORD ST FRAMINGHAM, MA
    Family staffed, freindly, great food, excellent prices. Handfull of tables. We eat in and get takeout. ****

    Comment by Dave Mainwaring June 19, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  12. changing once again – from today’s MWDNews –
    FRAMINGHAM —
    Selectmen last night approved the transfer of licenses of the troubled restaurant and bar formerly known as the Old Station Steakhouse, clearing the way for a new owner.

    http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1521989599/Framingham-selectmen-OK-restaurant-license-transfer

    Comment by erinb July 29, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

  13. Serving good food and being a good business fit for the town are two different things.
    This business is a as dishonest as one can get. They owe everyone money. Right now they are serving the second part of a 17 day liquor violation. They owe money to…
    The Mass DOR, the waste hauler, and many others.

    Hopefully the town will pull the plug of the restaurant and get a more reputable business in there that understands the rule of law, and respects what owning a business is in these United States is.

    Comment by Jim Rizoli November 16, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  14. i remember when the place was edbenizers the menu was so entertaining.the place was american all of it.nice pub,good food entertainment like sports on tv.a well stocked bar,nice and friendly waitress’s wish it could return. brazillian people are nice people but we dont want to be like them didnt they come here to live like and act like and recieve like americans so why are they trying to change framingham into little brazil

    Comment by jimmy b. December 29, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

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