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Mee Sum Restaurant and Lounge

1819 S. Main St., Fall River, MA - (508) 678-9869
Mee Sum is a classic mid-20th century Cantonese-American restaurant, complete with powerful rum drinks in novelty glasses. In addition to its moo-goo-gai-pan repertoire, it offers first-rate versions of Fall River's unique chow mein sandwich, as well as chop suey sandwiches and egg foo yung sandwiches.
100% Approval Rating (1 votes)

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Chow Mein Sandwich
Dr. Ming
Egg Foo Yung Sandwich
Chop Suey Sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Regina Mark, who runs Mee Sum Restaurant and Lounge with her husband, Kenny, believes the chow mein sandwich was invented in New Bedford, "long ago, when a customer came in and ordered chow mein to take home. But he wasn't feeling too well, so he asked for bread to go ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1819 S. Main St., Fall River, MA
(508) 678-9869

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The chow mein sandwich, unique to the South Coast of Massachusetts (and, oddly enough, to Nathan's of Coney Island), is at its best at Mee Sum, where crisp, delicious noodles make all the difference.
"The chow mein sandwich, unique to the South Coast of Massachusetts (and, oddly enough, to Nathan's of Coney Island), is at its best at Mee Sum, where crisp, delicious noodles make all the difference."
Michael Stern





Vaguely similar to the St. Paul of St. Louis, Mee Sum's egg foo yung sandwich differs from the Gateway City's signature dish primarily in the nature of the egg foo yung itself. The cheese-topped, vegetable laced fried eggs fairly ooze oil, which thick slices of toasted bread tend to sop up. While it lacks the exquisite balance of the chow mein sandwich, this concoction has a wicked épater-le-bourgeois appeal.
"Vaguely similar to the St. Paul of St. Louis, Mee Sum's egg foo yung sandwich differs from the Gateway City's signature dish primarily in the nature of the egg foo yung itself. The cheese-topped, vegetable laced fried eggs fairly ooze oil, which thick slices of toasted bread tend to sop up. While it lacks the exquisite balance of the chow mein sandwich, this concoction has a wicked épater-le-bourgeois appeal."
Michael Stern


It's hard to say if the potency of the 'Dr. Ming' drink comes from rum or chloroform or the power of suggestion, but we are inclined to believe the menu's promise that it will 'spin you to the isle of Tahiti.'
"It's hard to say if the potency of the 'Dr. Ming' drink comes from rum or chloroform or the power of suggestion, but we are inclined to believe the menu's promise that it will 'spin you to the isle of Tahiti.'"
Michael Stern


Mee Sum will, on request, serve its chow mein sandwich wrapped in wax paper. Once settled in the paper a while, the cornstarch binds it together; the noodles steam soft; and an experienced chow mein sandwich aficionado actually can eat it out of hand. We were told that celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse asked for his this way when he visited Mee Sum. (Fall River is Emeril's home town.)
"Mee Sum will, on request, serve its chow mein sandwich wrapped in wax paper. Once settled in the paper a while, the cornstarch binds it together; the noodles steam soft; and an experienced chow mein sandwich aficionado actually can eat it out of hand. We were told that celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse asked for his this way when he visited Mee Sum. (Fall River is Emeril's home town.)"
Michael Stern


If you visit Mee Sum, we hope your server is Sue. This woman is a force of nature who knows all about chow mein sandwiches and pretty much everything else in the world of Fall River cuisine.
"If you visit Mee Sum, we hope your server is Sue. This woman is a force of nature who knows all about chow mein sandwiches and pretty much everything else in the world of Fall River cuisine."
Michael Stern


Chinese restaurants generally fall outside the purview of Roadfood because their food tends not to be regionally specific; but the Chinese-American chow mein sandwich is unique to the South Coast of Massachusetts, and this otherwise stereotypical Cantonese eatery is a great place to have one.
"Chinese restaurants generally fall outside the purview of Roadfood because their food tends not to be regionally specific; but the Chinese-American chow mein sandwich is unique to the South Coast of Massachusetts, and this otherwise stereotypical Cantonese eatery is a great place to have one."
Michael Stern



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