Best known for its showstopping pies, Ed & Kay's also happens to be a great place for plate lunch. There may be only one or two hot entrées any day, but the list of side dishes is awesome. Like many good books, it starts slow but gets more exciting towards the end. Here is how it read the day we stopped in:
Skillet Fried Potatoes
Macaroni & Cheese
Purple Hull Peas
We didn't try them all, but we certainly can recommend the luxurious skillet fried potatoes, buttered spinach, and creamed corn … as well as the excellent onion rings that you can order alongside a hamburger. Our entrée of the day was a stuffed pepper, and it was fine; but next time we come, we'll likely forgo any entrée and get a four-vegetable plate for $5.00.
Meringue pies are amazing-looking, their tops a perfect volcano shape that is two or three times the height of the filling itself. Of course there are chocolate cream, coconut cream, and lemon meringue. Our personal favorite from this phylum is peanut butter cream. But neither should one ignore the non-meringue pies. Pecan is masterful; and the one known as PCP is the ultimate, its initials standing for pineapple, coconut, and pecan.
"Behold: an Ed & Kay mile-high meringue pie"
"Here is a slice of the lemon meringue pie. It quivers when the waitress sets it down on the table, and tends to fall apart as soon as you touch it with a fork."
"PCP = pineapple, coconut, pecan"
"Family-owned since Pat & Inez Newcomb opened the place in 1952, Ed & Kay's is located just south of Benton on the access road to I-30. It has won statewide awards not only for pie, but for best coffee and best waitresses."