Eating is necessary for human survival, along with breathing, sleeping, and remaining still while a curious velociraptor rummages through your closet. Practice survival tactics with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of American fare at Curtis C's Diner in Newton.
Curtis C's menu showcases a winning roster of classic American dishes ready for major-league meals from breakfast to dinner. When the sun comes out, a three-egg ham and cheese omelet lands onto table tarmacs with hearty hash browns and toast piloting the morning meal ($5.95). Take a break from encrypting secret messages into crossword puzzles to munch through dressing-slathered classics such as biscuits and homemade gravy ($4.75) or chicken-fried steak ($8.95). The Railer burger fulfills backyard barbecue fantasies with a duo of cheese and barbecue sauce dripping off onion rings and a half-pound patty ($6.25). If stomachs aren't yet filled to capacity, noshers can choose one of six sides to accompany the stacked sandwich. Soups rotate on a regular basis, so chilly mitts can cup a small bowl of chili ($3.75) one day and an entirely different dinnertime liquid the next.
As classically and casually American as the food, the diner's field green walls accentuate the athletic embellishments that dot the space—from glossy boxing gloves to framed photos of basketball players teaching cats how to dribble.
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.
1039 Washington Rd.
Newton, Kansas 67114