Graham’s Hot Dogs | Bean Dogs in Fall River, Massachusetts

Review by: Michael Stern

Beans Make the Dog

Franks ‘n’ beans are a time-honored combo almost everywhere. Some of the best are found in New England; few places put them together as nicely as Fall River, Massachusetts. Hot dog shops (of which the city has multitudes) offer both wieners and beans in one bun. This way, the beans become a condiment. I am especially smitten with Graham’s bean dogs because the beans are so darn good: brown-sugar-sweet, soft and goopy, laced with limp leaves of onion. You can bun the same good beans with chourico sausage, with kielbasa, or with a hamburger. Or, a dollar and change buys you beans-only in a bun.

Fall River Specialties

Should you be interested in outfitting your hot dog with things other than beans, Graham’s has a panoply: ground chourico, bacon, potato chips, Coney Island-style chili sauce, sauerkraut, onions sopped with hamburger juices (that one is known as a whimpy), and cheese. “Ho-hum, cheese,” you say? No, this is no ordinary cheese food product. When you order cheese at Graham’s, either on a hot dog or a hamburger or alone in a bun dressed with some of that Coney sauce and onions, you do not get Velveeta. You get something that has a rugged texture like moist breadcrumbs and is unique to Fall River. It is finely chopped sharp cheddar that strangely, even when hot, doesn’t melt into a blob. All alone, it’s a bit intense; with sauce and onions, it can be a wicked-good snack sandwich.

Not Much More Than Half a Century Old

Dating back to  the mid 20th century, Graham’s lacks the patina of culinary history that makes so many of the region’s truly ancient purveyors of bean dogs especially charming. Its school desk seats along the wall are relatively modern (only four score years old) and the façade is boring brickface. But the bean dogs and hot cheese sandwiches are exemplary.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Chourico and Bean

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Hot Cheese Sandwich

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One Response to “Graham’s Hot Dogs | Bean Dogs in Fall River, Massachusetts”

John Arnold

October 11th, 2013

The first thing that has always impressed me about Graham’s is the cleanliness of the establishment. As hot dog “joints” go, this is the exception, not the rule. Their menu is quite large and it’s amazing how many ways they make a hot dog. Hot cheese, which among the 40 and up crowd, has always been popular and is excellent at Graham’s. The food is always consistently fresh and great tasting. The pricing is equally great. You will always receive a great meal at more than reasonable prices. I have been eating there for over 40 years and would recommend them to anyone. The service is excellent. You are doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t visited Graham’s.

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