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Al Mac's Diner in Fall River, Massachusetts, Epitomizes the Classic New England Diner

Al Mac's Diner, Fall River, Massachusetts

by Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 5/7/2017.

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I love a good old-fashioned diner, so much that I recently followed my dreams of writing a book, The Best Diners in New England that covers 50 of the top diners in the six-state region. New England is, after all, the birthplace of the diner, and many, to this day, have upheld their great reputations. As hard-working small businesses -- the best kind of businesses in our great country -- their stories deserve to be told.

What makes a great diner? For starters, excellent comfort foods served in big portions, good value for the money, salt-of-the earth service, and all the classic diner bells and whistles like chrome, neon, jukeboxes, booths, counter and stools. They hold onto small town values -- even if located in a big city -- by bringing together a faithful and engaged community looking for a local meeting place to converse over a cup of coffee and, say, some bacon and eggs.

Al Mac's Diner, a beautiful 1953 stainless steel silver and green DeRaffele-style diner in Fall River, Massachusetts, ranks as one of my all-time favorite diners in New England. They simply get it -- that is, meeting all those critical elements that make a diner a local landmark. Validation: Al Mac's has been around in one form or another since 1910 (starting in a six-horse drawn wagon)!

The real key to a great diner, however, is creating homemade food that tastes like something like "grandma" would make. Al Mac's taps into that tasty tradition with staples like buttermilk pancakes, traditional French toast, chicken noodle soup, real mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, meatloaf dinner, chicken Parmesan, and an open-faced fresh turkey sandwich with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce on white bread. Phenomenal!  From what I have seen at Al Mac's, locals also seem to love ordering diner staples like omelets, muffins, burgers and patty melts, dogs, BLTs, fish and chips, club sandwiches, corned beef reubens, sirloin steak, whole bellied clams, New England clam chowder and classic sundaes.

I particularly love the sandwiches and soups -- in this case, a tuna melt on marble rye with some of the best seasoned fries I have ever tasted, and an amazing cheddar broccoli soup nicely presented...

Tuna melt and fries from Al Mac's Diner in Fall River, Massachusetts

Broccoli cheddar soup from Al Mac's in Fall River, Massachusetts

What an amazing feeling dining on homemade foods at the counter or one of the booths in this fabulous piece of living history with the huge neon sign out front (looks beautiful at night!). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, Al Mac's Diner might look ancient and focus on old school comfort foods, but they also have a solid foot in the 21st century as they tap into, whenever possible, locally-sourced food.  Additionally, drinks help enhance the meals -- from kids-of-all-ages favorites like root beer floats, Shirley Temples and milkshakes to adult beverages in the form of beer, wine and cocktails.

Al Mac's is fully justified to call its selections "Four star food at a one star price," and the Diner as "Justly Famous Since 1910." Every town and city should have an Al Mac's Diner but since they don't, I look forward to making the 45-minute trip to Al Mac's Diner in the south coast of Massachusetts for some classic diner food. What a wonderful slice of Americana!

Al Mac's is located at 135 President Ave., Fall River MA. Tel. (508)  567-5727.

Be sure to check out the Al Mac's Diner web site for more information.


Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by VisitingNewEngland.com editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New England travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on VisitingNewEngland.com. Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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