Below is a press release from Red Heat Tavern, which has a location in Wilmington at 300 Lowell Street:
WILMINGTON, MA — 2020 was a year filled with goodbyes: to regular everyday life, physical contact with friends, collared dress shirts, and way too many restaurants.
In honor of Iconic Restaurant Day on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, New England favorite, Red Heat Tavern, is paying tribute to the strength and impact of the New England food scene by unveiling exclusive menu specials influenced by longtime local restaurant favorites.
Taking inspiration from Union Oyster House, Hilltop Steak House, and the late Eastern Standard, Red Heat Tavern is excited to be celebrating iconic and unforgettable New England restaurants at all five of its locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut.
With Cutthroat Kitchen Alum Chef Eric LeBlanc at the helm, Red Heat Tavern is firing up an appetizer, entrée, and cocktail all day long on August 24 in memory of unique, local dining trailblazers. For the appetizer, RHT is honoring America’s Oldest Restaurant, Union Oyster House.
Since 1826, Union Oyster House has been dishing up delicious seafood-centric plates to Boston locals and celebrity guests alike, but was unfortunately forced to temporarily forced to temporarily close its doors during the height of the pandemic.
Fr an establishment that holds stake as the ‘birthplace of clam chowder,’ it only feels appropriate to honor its iconic role in New England’s food scene, and its graceful return to a new normal, with a Union Oyster House-inspired Clam Chowder Appetizer ($5.95) made New England-style with fresh clams, diced potatoes, onions, celery, and a creamy base.
For the entrée, Red Heat looks no further than the can’t-miss neon cactus sign off Route 1. The Saugus-based Hilltop Steak House is a nostalgic New England staple for both weary travelers and local regulars.
Founded in 1961, Hilltop was once one of the busiest restaurants in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s, but unfortunately closed in 2013. While the iconic Hilltop cactus sign still shines bright, its beef-filled menu is nearly forgotten.
With the famous fiber-glass Hilltop cows now grazing peacefully in Lynnfield, Red Heat is excited to be bringing back a piece of Hilltop’s culinary delight to Westborough, Milford, Bedford, and Wilmington, and South Windsor, CT.
Debuting a 120 oz Prime Rib with Hilltop’s house-made rub ($24.95), the Hilltop-inspired entree includes a house made horseradish sauce and aujus and served with garlicky mashed potatoes and a choice of vegetable.
Finally, as an ode to the recent closure that still hits too close to home for many Bostonians and booze-enthusiasts, Red Heat is honored to offer a cocktail to take the painful edge off the pandemic’s lingering effect.
On March 16, 2020, the beloved Eastern Standard ceased drink pours and closed its doors to the public. Prior to that, the establishment had become a local staple for pre-Sox game drinks and customer anniversaries alike.
With French-American fare and a highly celebrated cocktail menu, Red Heat toasts to Eastern Standard’s brilliant 15 years of Kenmore Square memories with a replica of the Locals Only Cocktail ($11), featuring Myer’s Dark rum triple sec, earl grey teak, and fresh lemon.
Whether it be missing that specific after-work cocktail, favorite Route 1 pit stop, or the ‘good ‘ole days’ prep-pandemic, there’s no denying that we’ve lost tons of great New England restaurant staples over the years.
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