Even with the dominance of international fast-food chains – the Golden Arches immediately comes to mind – there are regional favorites in the United States, too. Pal’s Sudden Service, known as Pal’s by its loyal customers, is one such regional fast-food chain that has carved a niche for itself.
Pal’s may be smaller in comparison with other fast-food chains but therein also lies its strength. By maintaining high quality standards across all of its restaurants, the chain was recognized with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001; it was the first restaurant company recognized with the award.
Below are the latest Pal’s menu prices that will allow everybody to bring along their pals for a treat.
|Big Pal with Cheese||$3.79|
|Bacon Big Pal||$4.68|
|Bacon Big Pal with Cheese||$4.98|
|Double Big Pal||$4.79|
|Double Big Pal with Cheese||$5.09|
|Junior Burger with Cheese||$2.24|
|Double Junior Burger||$2.89|
|Double Junior Burger with Cheese||$3.19|
|Sauceburger with Cheese||$1.39|
|Small Chili Burger||$2.69|
|Add Bacon to Any Item||$1.19|
|Chili Bun (No Wiener)||$1.99|
|Bacon Toasted Cheese||$3.18|
|Chipped Ham with Cheese||$4.09|
|Add Bacon to Any Item (Per Person)||$1.19|
|Frenchie Fry (Regular)||$1.59|
|Frenchie Fry (Large)||$1.89|
|Sweet Tea (Regular, Peachie, or Razzle) - Regular||$0.99|
|Sweet Tea (Regular, Peachie, or Razzle) - Large||$3.96|
|Unsweet Tea (Regular)||$0.99|
|Unsweet Tea (Large)||$3.96|
|Soft Drink (Regular)||$1.59|
|Soft Drink (Large)||$1.89|
|Milkshake (Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla) - Regular||$2.69|
|Milkshake (Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla) - Large||$4.49|
|Country Ham Biscuit||$2.19|
|Cheddar Round (Regular)||$1.69|
|Cheddar Round (Large)||$2.09|
Fred Barger, also known as Pal, opened the first Pal’s Sudden Service in Kingsport, Tennessee in 1956. He did so a year after he met Ray Kroc and Fred Turner during the National Restaurant Convention. Today, there are 30 Pal’s locations in northeast Tennessee and southwestern Virginia.
What It’s Famous For
Pal’s prides itself on being among the best quick-service restaurant chains with its combination of incredible food, personalized service, and lively ambiance. The chain’s drive-through facilities also provide efficient service thus its good reputation for people who want on-the-good foods.
Why Eat Here
Keep in mind that the Pal’s chain is a fast-food chain so its restaurants are great places to bring your family and friends for hearty meals of classic American fast-food fare. But Pal’s strives to distinguish itself from its competitors by offering its customers with consistently high-quality fast-food items.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding itself so you must try the food for yourself. You will likely find that, indeed, the chain largely lives up to its hype with delicious food.
The menu is quite extensive, too, for a fast-food chain. The choices include Hot Dogs (weiner in a bun with mustard, chili and onion) and Chili Bun (with extra chili), both of which are filling snacks on their own. The weiner used is flavorful on its own, too, but the chili, mustard and onion adds layers of flavor to it.
The sandwiches are the right balance of bread, meat and vegetables as well as cheese and condiments. You may find that a single order will suffice for your appetite – or maybe not, if you have a large one. The choices include chipped ham (thinly-sliced nearly fat-free ham with lettuce, pickles and mayo, with or without cheese) and toasted cheese (toasted bun with two slices of melted cheese as well as lettuce, tomato, and mayo, with or without bacon).
The burgers are large, flavorful and filling, just as you would like your burgers to be! The choices include:
- Double Big Pal (Two pieces of 1/3-pound beef patties with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo)
- Big Pal (1/3-pound beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo)
- Junior Burger (all-beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo)
- Sauceburger (All-beef patty with Pal’s mildly spicy ketchup-based sauce)
- Chili Burger (Hambuger patty, cheese, onion, and chili)
The first four burgers can be ordered with or without cheese. This is in concession to people who may not like cheese on their burgers for any reason, such as food allergies.
The burgers are the highlights of most people’s visits to the Pal’s restaurants. The buns are fresh as well as with the right texture and flavor that complements the meatiness of the beef patties. The beef patties have been grilled to perfection so that their juiciness is preserved and you can taste it with every bite.
The French fries are shoestring potatoes fried until they are golden brown with a crisp and crunchy texture all the way through. These are then served with Pal’s special seasoning salt but it isn’t too salty that you will give up after the first bites. Many people even say that it’s quite addictive.
Pal’s restaurants are also the best places for getting your most important meal of the day – breakfast. The items on the breakfast menu include Gravy Biscuit, Sausage Biscuit, Bacon Biscuit, Cheddar Rounds, Butter Biscuit, and Country Ham Biscuit as well as hot, refreshing and strong brewed coffee. The combination of biscuits and coffee is also a classic American breakfast, especially in the Southern United States.
As a fast-food chain, Pal’s restaurants don’t take reservations – diners come in through the doors and line up to take their orders. The casual ambiance is popular among students, families, and teenagers so the restaurants usually have a lively vibe. But there are times when the ambiance is more subdued so it’s a matter of coming at the right time.
The measure of a fast-food restaurant also lies in the quality of services rendered by its wait staff – and Pal’s definitely has accommodating, helpful and efficient staff on board. Even during rush hours, the wait staff are likely to assist diners as well as to ensure that the tables are cleared for the next customers.
To learn more about Pal’s or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.palsweb.com.