A diner's oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Southern diner fare at Ed & Kay’s in Benton.
Named 1 of The 15 Best Pies in Arkansas, Ed & Kay’s restores culinary glory to the classic American diner, which is slowly being replaced by roadside sugar-cube carts and condiment-only drive-thrus. The menu consists of comfort food classics and Southern specialties, all made with freshly baked breads and veggies grown in an unsecret garden behind the restaurant. Try the hand-breaded chicken fried steak served with gravy and a choice of two vegetables ($10.95), or exercise your Bill of Rights–guaranteed privilege to eat breakfast for lunch by ordering a bacon, sausage, and veggie breakfast burrito at any time of the day ($5.59). Grilled sandwiches are flanked by a small army of fries, fritos, or vegetables, and include options such as the turkey Reuben or the patty melt served on your choice of bread ($6.95).
Ed & Kay’s boasts a cozy, laid-back feel, hearkening back to a time before restaurants required meal request forms via fax or in-house telegraph. Great for family dinners or dates for gastronomic soulmates, Ed & Kay’s offers contentment and edible bliss.