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Cam's Ham gets national attention

Aug. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cambell Hagge probably had no idea that a ham sandwich could attract nationwide fame when his restaurant first opened back in the 1950s.

However, that is exactly what has happened.

In the September issue of Food Network Magazine, Cam's Ham will be featured in an article entitled "50 Sandwiches, 50 States" counting down 50 of the greatest sandwiches in the country.

"For the magazine's annual survey of the best dishes across the country -- we've featured burgers and pizza in prior years -- our editors spent six months scouring the country for the most delicious sandwich in every state," said Jill Watanabe, a public relations manager for Hearst Magazines in a news release. "They learned two things along the way: One, you can put pretty much anything between bread, and two, almost everything tastes better that way. We considered sandwiches of all kinds -- hot, cold, round, square, tall, pressed, wrapped, meaty, cheesy -- and narrowed down our list of favorites to a single must-try sandwich in each state."

In West Virginia, Cam's Ham had one of its sandwiches chosen.

"They called us and told us about three months ago. They asked a few questions about the price and how commonly the sandwich is sold. I sent them a few pictures so they could use one," said T.J. Grubbs, manager at Cam's Ham.

The restaurant has been with the Grubbs family for nearly 30 years.

"I've had a couple of calls about the article already," Grubbs said. "A lady called while she was passing through town. She said she had read about the restaurant in a magazine article and wanted directions so she could pick up a few sandwiches."

To find out what other restaurants made the list you can pick up the September Issue of Food Network Magazine or visit: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2012/08/50-states-50-sandwiches/ .

The restaurant's signature item and now nationally-recognized sandwich, the sugar-flaked ham sandwich, consists of shaved, lean ham on a Heiner's Grecian bun. It is topped with lettuce and a homemade sweet and tangy sauce. A small Sugar Flaked Ham sandwich sells for $2.89 while a large costs $3.59.

Other signature items at Cam's Ham include Beef BBQ ($3.09 - $3.69), White Bean Soup ($1.59 small, $2.54 large) as well as The Big Beefer ($4.24) a hamburger with roast beef between two all-beef patties.

"I think what makes the restaurant what it is today is the consistency and a good customer base," Grubbs said. "Without your customers you're nothing. I'd just like to thank our customers for making us what we are."

Cam's Ham is located at 809 1st St., in downtown Huntington. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

For carry-out orders and more information, call 304-522-7012.