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Pal's Sudden Service


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Chili Bun
hot dog bun without the wiener, extra chili, mustard and onion.
Hot Dog
hot dog, mustard, onion & chili.
Chipped Ham
thinly sliced 96% fat-free ham, mayo, lettuce & pickles. may be ordered with or without cheese.
Toasted Cheese
two slices of cheese melted between a toasted bun and loaded mayo, lettuce and tomato. may be ordered with bacon.
Double Big Pal
two 1/3 lb. all beef patties, mayo, lettuce, tomato & onion. may be ordered with or without cheese
Big Pal
1/3 lb. all beef patty, mayo, lettuce, tomato & onion. may be ordered with or without cheese
Junior Burger
all-beef patty, mayo, lettuce, tomato & onion. may be ordered with or without cheese
all-beef patty, and pal's famous sauce (ketchup-based, mildly spicy). may be ordered with or without cheese
Chili Burger
bun with a hamburger patty, cheese, chili & onion.
Frenchie Fry
golden brown shoestring potatoes topped with our special seasoning salt.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
American, Fast food
Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Good food for a drive thru..bacon big pal is my favorite. Breakfast is great too. Cheddar rounds are a must have.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Shaun D
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

We enjoy the food, fast service, clean, friendly staff. The tea is great. Frenchie fries and cheddar rounds are favorites. Shakes are really good, burgers,ham sandwich, hotdogs all are good.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 10 January 2019 via mobile

I wish we had pals where I live but unfortunately we don't. When I'm visiting my family a trip to pals is a MUST. The sauce burger with frenchie fries and a peachy tea is as good as it is fun to say! The milkshakes...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jesss462
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

Our family LOVES Pal’s ! Maybe once in 15 years have they made a mistake in our order. When my daughter comes home for college breaks, Pal’s is her first and last stop when home. Family favorites: sauceburger with cheese, Big Pal with cheese, chipped...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Nancyleemcd
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Pal's is a local fast food joint started by Pal Barger with the vision of keeping food tasty and simple. The menu isn't extensive, but it IS addictive. The finger-lickin' tasty fries are covered with special seasoned salt, and the chili hotdogs have just the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Good food and survive , So try the one in Bristol va today, Try a Hot dog, and they have the best fries in town..

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Esue H
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

This place is a textbook example of customer service and quality food. They have sudden service down to a science. You won’t be disappointed . They have never and I mean never made a mistake on my order in any way.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 903brendanh
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best fast food restaurants in the Tri-Cities. Prices are reasonable, service is great, and the food is prepared just the way you like it. You’ll really like the Milk shakes and peachy tea.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jalee174
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Eat here often and usually pretty quick. Love the fries. Wish they had a greater offer of food choices.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Helpforu
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Best fast food in the tri-cities area. Always consistent, rarely any errors, nice and friendly employees. From the unusual exterior to the training these employees receive, it is a highly unusual experience from other fast food chains. Delicious food and the best sweet tea.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Suzanne W
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Tim S
15 November 2017|
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Response from Krazyvolfan | Reviewed this property |
Pals is like a automotive assembly line. A standardized process which every one has a job to to and everyone does it. Associates are trained to the process and it works. Of coarse, it would work any where in the US.
Ed T
17 March 2017|
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Response from Kevin H | Reviewed this property |
the do have chillie burgers and dogs....beans? I'm not sure
15 May 2015|
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