Terra Nostra is actually located in the Corky Row - between Fifth Street and John Street. I spent much of my life in the Corky Row neighborhood, where my grandparents lived since arriving in Fall River in the late 1960s. It's a six-by-five block area that was once home to a portion of Fall River's Irish immigrant population the early 1900s. The neighborhood is also famous for being the home of the Borden family and their daughter Lizzie. It's been a tough neighborhood ever since.
Pastéis de Bacalhau
The Bouchon in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas has my favorite potato croquettes, which I have for breakfast every time I'm there - but the Terra Nostra has my second favorite. Pastéis de Bacalhau are croquettes made with potato, salt cod, parsley and onions and often served with a vinaigrette. I've had croquettes that were a bit dry inside, probably due to too much flour, but these were light and delicious. There are never enough of them on the plate. If you're not a fan of salt cod, well, either am I, but these croquettes too salty or fishy tasting. I love them.
Bife à Terra Nostra
My entree was the Bife à Terra Nostra - a grilled steak with the usual Portuguese accoutrements of hand-cut fries, rice, a salty red pepper, a fried egg and a simple and tangy pan sauce. It was delicious. This is one of my favorite steaks in town. Terra Nostra has a good Portuguese wine selection. I had a glass of Grão Vasco red from the Douro region in northern Portugal. It's a decent and inexpensive everyday wine.
Enter through the side door and you'll walk into a brightly lit and casual sports bar that is a popular spot for lunch. Further in, there is a separate dining hall filled with families having a weekend dinner. Our meal cost about $20 per person before tips. That's pretty good. The service at Terra Nostra is great and worth mentioning. Tip your server well. Great deal for a great meal.
262 Rodman Street
Fall River MA