Just visited Ugly American in Fall River for the first time. I don't know how long it has been there (I live in Bristol, RI and was in town for a pilgrimage to Daou Market -- another food dork's dream), but it is exactly what it advertises on the sign: Real Burgers, Dogs and Fries.
Perfect burgers: all appear to be seven ounces, with a variety of toppings and a focus on exact preparation (they list the temperatures to which they cook for rare, medium rare, etc.). Seven ounces appears to be the ideal amount of meat for a burger, even though it looked small when it arrived (too many visits to restaurants that prize size over quality?). I had the black and blue burger (blue cheese and caramelized onions) and my husband had one with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese. We both ordered a side of fries; mine was half french fries and half onion strings; his was half french fries, half fried zucchini. The potatoes were just right, the onion strings were awesome, the zucchini fries tasted like... fry. But they were zucchini -- there isn't much taste involved.
Service was good. We were helped by a man who appeared to be the owner and he was attentive and helpful. They don't list the sources of their meats and other ingredients, but I saw a flier for Great Hill Blue Cheese behind the counter and there was a collection of food magazines on the counter for customers to read -- I think the owner enjoys the good stuff and nothing tasted like less than the real thing. The decor is funky, with plywood paneling on the walls and some fun quotes on signs on the ceiling. We were there less than an hour and many people came in for eat-in and take-out in that time -- so I'm hoping it will be around for a long time. We'll certainly be back!
http://www.uglyamericanfood.com - (508) 672-4427
240 New Boston Road, Fall River