Sometimes it seems like a restaurant Hall of Fame could be made from some of the restaurants that are no longer exist here on the Southcoast.  Some of them went out of business, some of them closed their doors voluntarily at the end of a long run of glory.   Here are the Top 12 restaurants we miss the most (in no particular order).  What are we missing?


1.  TK O' Malley's- Dartmouth and Fall River.  Who could forget those legendary boneless buffalo wings?  I can smell them in my brain right now!

2.  Mattapoisett Chowder House-Mattapoisett  A pretty successful seafood restaurant before moving to their new, larger location.  The move seemed to be their fatal flaw.


3.  The Candleworks-New Bedford  One of New Bedford's best in their hay day, the Candleworks wasn't able to survive after changing hands.  Great spot for an after work drink.



4.  Taphouse Grille-Fall River  Had some fun comedy and entertainment nights.  The macaroni and cheese was a big hit.


5.  Grum's-Westport  We forgive you for being cash only.  We will always miss your breakfasts...especially those waffles.

6.  Benjamin's Restaurant-Taunton Benjamin's hosted weddings and served up a mean prime rib.


7.  Davey's Locker-New Bedford  The type of restaurant you'd bring out of town guests for them to get a sense of New Bedford seafood.  Davey's became the Edge.  The Edge didn't make it.



8.  Huttleson House-Fairhaven  Lines out the door on Valentine's Days in the 80's and 90's.  The Huttleston House was knocked down to create EJ's Bar and Grill.  Now EJ's is gone...and Cleary's Irish Pub is looking to become an established eatery in "Fun-haven".



9.  Hong Kong Island-Wareham  We cried tears of duck and soy sauce when the Hong Kong Island was cleared to make room for an expanded parking lot for Water Wizz.

10.  Ma's Donuts-New Bedford.  This one might hurt the most.  Remember the lines at Ma's Donuts on Saturday morning?  You wouldn't even waste your time if you woke up late...the donuts would be GONE!  SOLD OUT!

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11.  Shawmut Diner-New Bedford  The iconic New Bedford diner was featured in films, was a working radio studio for a nationwide morning show hosted by the diner's owner, Phil Paleologos, and was the backdrop for many political visits to the Whaling City.


12.  Trio Cafe & Lounge- Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Fall River  It's hard to believe that  Portuguese restaurant this good wasn't able to hang in there at any of their three locations.  We miss the mussels!  


Additional Reporting By Abigail Pelissier