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Who makes the best pastel de nata? Fall River or New Bedford? Here’s who won.

Mar 16, 2023 | Eat & Drink Blog, Small Business, Visit

by Ashley Schuler, The Herald News

When it comes to Portuguese desserts, competition in the SouthCoast is fierce. And pasteis de nata, traditional Portuguese custard cups, are at the top of the list for many local lovers of sweets.

So when Fall River and New Bedford tourism groups recently challenged residents to pick their favorite nata maker, it was no easy task.

But in this friendly battle between sister cities, dubbed the Pastel de Nata Throwdown, there could only be one winner.

The first-place winner and nata champ is New Bedford’s Goulart Square Bakery. The 413 Rivet St. spot garnered a majority of the 898 overall votes, claiming a trophy and bragging rights.

Coming in second, and taking the Fall River crown, was Europa Pastries and Coffee Shop, at 65 Columbia St., which brought in 177 votes.

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