Fall River, Massachusetts: Hidden Gems

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 the world. The erstwhile textile center of the nation, best known in popular culture as the home of Lizzie Borden, who notoriously was acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother, is an unexpected gold mine for seekers of unique regional food and foodways.


J.J.’s Coney Island

J.J.'s is a top hot dog restaurant of Fall River, Massachusetts, with Coney Island wieners, chourico rolls, stuffed quahogs, and South Coast chow mein.


Nick’s Original Coney Island Hotdogs

Fall River weenie variations are expertly made at Nick's: bean dogs, bean and cheese dogs, and classic Coney Islands topped with mustard, sauce and onions.


Graham’s Hot Dogs

One of Fall River's top hot dog shops, featuring Coney Islands, bean dogs, & chourico dogs, Graham's also serves a superb hot cheese sandwich.


Liberal Club

Located in a vintage Fall River social club, the Liberal Club restaurant offers a roster of New England / Portuguese seafood at its best.


Barcelos Cafe

Barcelos Cafe is a Fall River Portuguese bakery with outstanding malasadas, bean cakes, sweet breads, and sandwiches with coffee or espresso.

Must Eats

Marzilli’s Bakery

A much-loved bakery in Fall River, Marzilli's is most famous for big sub sandwiches on house-made bread.


Hartley’s Original Pork Pies

Specializing in savory pies common in the British Isles, Hartley's of Fall River, Massachusetts, maintains a personable neighborhood atmosphere. Take-out only.


Mee Sum Restaurant and Lounge

In addition to its standard Chinese-Polynesian-American menu, Mee Sum offers the very best version of Fall River's unique chow mein sandwich.