There are many activities that should not be performed on an empty stomach, including swimming, surgery, and swimming 30 minutes after having your appendix removed. Acquire activity fuel with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of American fare at Curtis C’s Diner in Newton.
Curtis C’s Diner serves up classic homestyle eats to hungry Americans and foreign nationals alike in a dinerly environment boasting sports memorabilia and mouthwatering aromas. Pit locomotive-sized hunger against the Railer burger, a 1/3-pound beef patty loaded with shredded cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and onion rings ($6.25). Semireformed carnivores can tuck into a chef salad ($6.50 for small, $7.50 for large), and kids or poultry-digit enthusiasts can enjoy chicken fingers ($4.95 including drink).
The athletic eatery sates early-morning munchers with traditional diner delicacies, including the ham-and-cheese omelette ($5.95, served with hash browns and toast) or biscuits smothered with homemade sausage gravy ($4.75). A root-beer float ($2.95) is perfect for chasing down any dinner, except in rare cases in which "dinner" is code for "tornado."
Curtis C's Diner
Curtis Crawford has tackled Barry Sanders and thrown a strike past George Brett—accomplishments all the more impressive considering he was never a professional athlete. The tackle happened in a high-school football game against Sanders's Wichita Northwest (Curtis played for Manhattan), and the strike happened when, as an adult, he participated in a Royals fantasy camp (Brett got a hit off the next pitch). Curtis has had a passion for sports his whole life, and even though he never pursued it as a career, it's had a huge influence on his professional path.
Curtis studied hotel and restaurant management at Kansas State, and over the years honed his chops at national institutions such as Applebee's and Taco Bell. But when the Village Restaurant in Newton went up for sale in 1994, he bought it. One of the first things he did was decorate—using, of course, the loads of sports memorabilia he'd collected over the years, including an autographed Joe Montana Chiefs jersey and an entire corner of George Brett relics. And in that spirit of timeless Americana, his menu gathers together everything from hotcakes and biscuits with gravy to chicken-fried steaks and chili cheeseburgers. There's even a burger named after the Newton High School Railers, topped with shredded cheddar, onion rings, barbecue sauce, and notes from girls who think it's cute.