Ed & Kay’s — a Benton landmark
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.
Hey, 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.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.