Recently the Winthrop Arms was selected by Marc Hurowitz of “Hidden Boston” as “2018’s Best Traditional American Restaurant in the Boston Area.” An award they also received in 2016 and 2012.
“I guess you could call it a hidden gem because it’s a little out of the way,” said Winthrop Arms owner Casey Goll, adding that service, quality and being family owned for 40 years has helped the restaurant keep its charm. “I like that when people come here we know them by name and at the end of the day it’s about the product we serve.”
Goll doesn’t take all the credit and said they get their insanely good steak tips from Mutual Beef, a family company owned by fellow Winthrop residents.
“We only buy the best that’s why we use Mutual,” Goll said. “They are the ones who helped connect us with the right guy who came up with the marinade for the steak tips.”
Goll said the legendary Winthrop marinade is still a secret for now. “The recipe will remain a secret, however the rightful owner of said recipe will eventually be revealed. Stay tuned for that,” Goll said. “He could have given the recipe to anyone he’s ever known and he chose us, that’s special and for that we’re extremely grateful.”
What makes people go out of their way the go to Winthrop Arms? Goll likes to think it’s the food, especially the Blackened Pork Chops, Chicken Amanda or tender Veal Louise and of course Doc’s Pot Pies.
If you can’t dine in, take-out is always available from the Winthrop Arms and Goll stresses, “you don’t need to be dressed up to walk in.”
“Our clientele comes from all across the North Shore, and again the days of wearing sport coats and suits are no more, the Arms is for everybody,” Goll said, stressing again the biggest draw is the food and that everyone is treated special at the Winthrop Arms. “My dad always says people drove past a lot of people to eat here and he’s right. It means a lot to us and the manner in which we treat our clientele is just a reflection of how much we truly appreciate their business.”
The charm is another reason people come back. Goll describes Winthrop Arms as a modern yet old school place. The bar/pub area is updated with a 42” LED TV along with high top tables, chairs and bar seating. The Winthrop Arms can also accommodate gatherings of up to 100 people comfortably.
Located at 130 Grovers Ave., the Winthrop Arms is open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to close; Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday night dinner is served until 8 p.m.