Graham’s Hot Dogs

Diner | Hot Dog | Sandwich Shop
Worth driving from anywhere!

Franks ‘n’ beans are a time-honored combo almost everywhere, but there are few places where they come together as nicely as in Fall River, Massachusetts. Hot dog shops (of which the city has multitudes) offer them in a bun, the beans serving as a condiment either below or on top of the wiener. I was especially smitten with Graham’s rendition because the beans are so darn good: brown-sugar-sweet, soft and goopy, laced with limp leaves of onion. The same good beans are available bunned with chourico sausage, with kielbasa, and with a hamburger. Or, for a dollar and change, you can buy beans only in a bun.

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 get something that has a rugged texture like moist breadcrumbs and is unique to Fall River – 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.

Dating back to 1962, Graham’s lacks the patina of culinary history that makes so many of the region’s more ancient hot dog joints especially charming. Its school desk seats along the wall are fairly modern and the façade is boring brickface. But the bean dogs and hot cheese sandwiches are exemplary.

What to Eat
Graham’s Hot Dogs, Chourico and Bean
Chourico and Bean
Yes, there are ample chunks of chourico sausage hidden underneath the sweet heap of dark and delicious beans.
Graham’s Hot Dogs, Hot Cheese Sandwich
Hot Cheese Sandwich
'Hot cheese sandwich' sounds so ordinary, but in Fall River, it is a passion. While Coney Island sauce is optional, it pairs beautifully with the sharp cheddar.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 9 MILES | 41 min

Eating around Fall River, Massachusetts, is like eating in a foreign country, and we don't only mean that the Portuguese food is outstanding. (Half the population is of Portuguese descent.) Beyond bacalhau assado and bean pudding cake, Fall River's bill of fare is replete with dishes found nowhere else in America – nowhere else in…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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