Ken’s Steak House, Framingham, MA

You have probably seen Ken’s salad dressings in the supermarket before. This is where they originated. Ken and Florence Hannah opened Ken’s Steak House in Natick, MA in 1935 and moved to its current location along Route 9 in Framingham in 1941. Ken’s son Timothy and his wife Darlene now run the restaurant – it’s still in the same family!

Florence’s salad dressing recipes and baked goods became locally famous. The breads, rolls, cakes, and pies are still baked in-house. The Fireplace Room opened in 1941, The Lamp Post Room in 1945, and The Hickory Room in 1957. This place is huge! There is also a bar which has been remodeled.

Fireplace Room?

Lamp Post Room?

I had lunch in the front dining room (The Hickory Room?) that had dark wood walls with great stained glass windows of local fauna. Nice vintage chairs, too. My Delmonico (rib-eye) steak was good, cooked just right but a bit on the thin side. The fresh house-made rolls and breads were excellent, but the other sides weren’t particularly memorable. The prices are reasonable, so the food was a good value. But don’t go expecting upscale steak house fare. Lower your expectations a bit and you won’t be disappointed.

Hickory Room?

Ken’s is the last old business on a strip lined with chains and big box retailers, so go while you still can!

Ken’s Steak House
95 Worcester Rd (Route 9), Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-4455
Hours: Sun 1:00pm-9:00pm, M-Th 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm