Stop in at Nick’s Original Coney Island Weiners of Fall River, MA and the first thing you’ll be asked is whether you’d like fries with your order. That’s because your fries are cut and fried to order, in a fryer reserved solely for spuds, from potatoes grown on a farm six miles away in Westport. Old-timers dress their potatoes with salt and malt vinegar, while the kids go for cheese and ketchup. However you garnish your fries, they’re the perfect accompaniment to those weiners topped with sauce made from a recipe that founder Nicholas Pappas brought with him in 1920 from Philadelphia. Read more about Nick’s hand-cut fries in this Wicked Local story.
Fall River, Massachusetts is one of our favorite towns to enjoy a day grazing. From urban hot dog joints topped with sweet-spiced chili to substantial British pork pies to the Portuguese specialties emblematic of its cultural heritage, there’s no dearth of options in Fall River for the adventurous omnivore. At the end of the day’s buffet (and probably smack in the middle of it, too), a visit to one of the region’s many ice cream spots sounds like a terrific idea. Here’s a story from The Herald News detailing ten worthy candidates.
“The pies are exceptional, and Hartley’s basically thrives on the rather foolproof logic that you should do one thing and do it right, so this place is all about meat pies, all the time.” Those are the words of Larry Olmsted, writing for USA TODAY, in his rave review of Hartley’s Original Pork Pies in Fall River, MA. We’ve been there and we totally agree. During one visit we were given a behind-the-scenes tour of Hartley’s, where we snapped that shot, above, of pork pies in the oven. We have our friends, Amy and Chris Ayers, to thank for introducing us to Hartley’s, a true taste of Fall River history open since 1900. Check out Mr. Olmsted’s review and then hasten to Fall River, where you will find, in addition to pork pies, all manner of good things to eat. Continue reading