J.J.’s Coney Island

Diner | Hot Dog | Portuguese | Sandwich Shop
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Most hot dog joints are places you likely wouldn’t take your dear old grandmother. They tend to be, shall we say, rough around the edges. Not so J.J.’s. “We don’t allow swearing,” proprietor Albano Medeiros once told a reporter. “We want families to come here…. We wanted to offer a classier place.” To that end, the large street corner restaurant is accoutered with comfortable booths and tables and even an espresso machine for leisurely sipping. There are no counter seats.

In fact, hot dogs are only part of the menu, which extends beyond weenie variations to include chourico pie, stuffed quohogs, chow mein, nachos, and bacon-and-egg breakfast.

Chris Ayers and Amy Briesch, who zeroed in on this place, said that the first time they came they assumed they should get some gaggers (localese for Coney Island hot dogs), which are indeed the featured attraction on the menu. But while waiting in line at the counter (service is tote-your-own), they noticed that a person in front of them got a chourico roll … and it was a beauty. Sure enough, this is no roll from Cheap-Eats Central. It is a lovely twisted pastry enveloping a great load of rugged, spicy sausage.

J.J.’s also is a prime source of the Fall River hot cheese sandwich, for which a hearty scoop of warm, hashed cheddar is retrieved from a steam table tureen and put into a burger bun. Harmonized by a measure of the fine-grind, meaty sauce used on Coney Island hot dogs and a sprinkle of raw onion, the sharp cheese sings a vivid dairy melody.

(Note, as of late Spring, 2020, J.J’s is open for take-out only, Monday through Thursday.)

What to Eat
J.J.’s Coney Island, Chourico Roll
Chourico Roll
Must-Try
Chourico roll is loaded with spicy sausage.
J.J.’s Coney Island, Hot Cheese Sandwich
Hot Cheese Sandwich
Must-Try
Hot cheese, Fall River style
J.J.’s Coney Island, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Burgers stored with juice and onion petals
Directions and Hours
closed now
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Roadtrips
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…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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