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Ed & Kay’s — a Benton landmark

By: 30 September 2010 4 Comments

Ed & Kay’s has been around in one form or another since the 1950s and its still a favorite among both Benton residents and people visiting here.

Let’s get this out of the way first — the place is best known for its pies. Yes, they are incredible. Many of them feature meringue that is ridiculously high (you’d have to see it to believe it) and I’ve been a fan of the lemon meringue pie since I was about seven-years-old.

Ah, but the egg custard, pecan pie and the seasonal sweet potato pie (featuring a pecan-based topping that’s hard to describe) are all outstanding. If you’re in the mood for something very unique, try the PCP (pineapple, coconut, pecan) pie.

Ed & Kay's Restaurant on UrbanspoonHey, those pies have won awards and it’s not hard to understand why. The pies at Ed & Kay’s are held in such high regard in this town that badmouthing them within ear shot of a native may well prompt a fist fight.

A lot of the reviews I’ve seen about Ed & Kay’s fail to mention how outstanding the high-calorie, comfort-giving Southern meals are at the restaurant. I’m a fan of breakfast and the one I’ve pictured here cost about $6.99 for two eggs (yes, that’s hot sauced dabbed on them because, hey, I’m a Southerner), sausage, a biscuit, gravy and fried potatoes that are simply incredible. Throw in a cup of coffee and you’ve got a meal that will start your day out right and will certainly hold you over until lunch (if not longer).

Some people opt for the vegetable plates at Ed & Kay’s and that’s no surprise. During the spring and summer, a lot of those vegetable are garden grown and fresh. The purple hull peas, crowder peas and, well, just about everything else are always great regardless of what time of year it is. The vegetables available vary by season and, seemingly, on the whim of the owners.

The daily special, of course, changes, too. You never quite what the special will be, but that’s a good thing, isn’t it? You might find a hamburger steak with mushroom gravy one day or stew the next. Looking over the special of the day is always a good idea if you’re in Ed & Kay’s for lunch or dinner.

There are a lot of other entrees that shouldn’t be looked over. Those open-face roast beef sandwiches, chicken fried steaks, ridiculously huge hubcap burgers and a slew of other meals aren’t to be missed.

Again, make sure to drop by Ed & Kay’s should you happen to pass through Benton. A good number of folks go out of the way to eat at Ed & Kay’s and it’s not hard to understand why that is. Luckily, the restaurant isn’t far off the beaten path as it’s located at 15228 Interstate 30 (very convenient for people passing through on their way to Hot Springs, Dallas and all those other cities located near I-30). The best way to get their when heading west on I-30 is to take Exit 116 (Sevier Street) and stick to the service road.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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  • Steve said:

    After reading this, I’ll need a 5th heart bypass.

  • Justin said:

    I live by Otter Creek, just off Baseline, and I am thoroughly addicted to this place. I just tried it about 3 months ago and since then, it has become my default choice for place to eat. If the choice comes up, no one has to ask me cause they already know. Luckily, everyone I take falls in love as well (or becomes obsessed, as the case is with me…) so I don’t have to convince anyone.

    Everything I have ever ordered has been amazing. Most of the things I’ve tried have been the best version of that dish I’ve ever had, no joke. I know I sound evangelical, but I really can’t describe how strangely delicious their food is. It’s like they’ve learned how to unlock extra flavor out of food (or maybe I’ve too long been cursed by lesser establishments’ offerings). The hamburgers are spectacular, the chicken fried chicken is untoppable, and the candied yams… Folks, I’ve loved yams since I was a child and had them over and over again in different places. These yams beat all, hands down.

    Then there’s the desserts. Need I really expound upon how magnificent their pies are? It’s as all others have said. But don’t neglect their other offerings! I saw chocolate cake on the specials menu one visit and have regretted not trying it since then. Couple weekends back, they had strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. Divine, it was. Then on Easter Sunday, they had a strawberry jelly / banana / whipped cream concoction that was knee-crumpling.

    Look, if you want to diner food or southern food in the Little Rock metropolitan area and you actually really care about taste, you are only disserving yourself to not hit up Ed & Kay’s.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Justin — I grew up with Ed & Kay’s (it was Ed & Alma’s years ago) just across town and I’ll agree with your observations here. I’ve been a regular for over 30 years now and there are times when nothing but a meal at Ed & Kay’s will do. The place has stood as a prime example of great Southern cooking for years.

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