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Don & Pam’s Place

Ferry bar has good eats, friendly atmosphere

July 9, 2012
Times Leader

It ain't fancy.

But don't let that keep you away from Don & Pam's Place in Martins Ferry. You just might miss out on meeting some of the friendliest folks in town, not to mention some dee-licious barbecue.

Oh yeah, and a furry little guy named Milo.

Hot on the trail of a lead suggested by an alert Facebooker, the Buds headed off to County Road 4 to sample some of the grub offered at the local watering hole. Since it was our first visit to said establishment, we weren't quite sure what to expect, but the warm greeting we received upon entering set us at ease. Heck, we practically felt like old friends!

Although the bar has plenty of booths and tables inside, the Buds decided to take advantage of the balmy weather by sitting on the outside covered patio which housed several picnic tables. Menus in hand, we were ready to get down to business.

Don & Pam's Place offers patrons a wide variety of standard bar room fare. There are burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, steak sandwiches, chicken tenders, hot wings and pizza. Those items can be paired up with a huge variety of deep fried goodies. One can choose from fries, tater tots, onion rings, onion petals, poppers, cauliflower, mushrooms, cheese sticks, broccoli cheese bites, pickles, green beans - you name it, they have it!

Aside from the menu, they also cook up some hearty daily specials which they usually list on their Facebook page. These meals could include slow roasted top sirloin sandwiches, homemade chicken and dumplings, hot sausage sandwiches with onions, peppers and cheese, hand-breaded fish sandwiches and baked chicken with mashed potatoes and corn. Hmmm ... sounds like Pam is quite the cook!

The specialty of the season, however, can be found on Fridays when Don fires up his smoker. Rib, chicken, and pork dinners are available with sides of cheesy potatoes and green beans. Slow cooked over apple and cherry wood fire, the dinners are rumored to go fast! In fact, patrons may call in early to place their orders, lest they should sell out.

The Buds both opted to sample the barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and each added a deep fried side item to round out the meal. (Guilty pleasures are sometimes necessary!)

The sweet and smokey pork was tender and flavorful. Served on a soft bun, the ample mound of barbecue deliciousness really hit the spot. Bud Em's deep-fried green beans and Bud Shaunna's fried pickle spears, both served with a side of ranch dressing, were crispy and fresh. Definitely calories well spent!

Not only was the food tasty, but the Buds were also quite pleased with the laid back ambiance of the place. The road wasn't particularly traffic-heavy so it was nice and quiet, and the surrounding trees and hills just gave it a comfortable, down-home feel. And the staff are some of the friendliest people we've ever met - they practically went out of their way to make sure we were happy customers.

Don't be surprised if you catch the Buds returning for one of the smoker-cooked dinners - after all, we practically felt like we were family!

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