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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Burger joint of the week: Ed & Kay's Restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 9:02 AM

ITS A BURGER:  Trust me.
Man, that’s an amazing burger. Wait, what? Looks like an order of cheese fries with some green onions on top? You are correct, sir. Sorta.

But this is indeed a burger. A Pony Burger, to be exact.

Ed and Kay’s is probably best known for its Mile-High Pies with their mountainous amounts of meringue. It’s a great place for breakfast (the fried potatoes can’t be beat) and a good place to grab some home cooking for lunch. But yes, Ed and Kay’s does burgers.

In fact, the menu has an actual Burger Corner, which pointedly shows that Hamburgers ($4.65, $6.15 for a double) come with mustard and Cheeseburgers ($4.80, $6.60 for a double) come with mayo. The Pony Burger is listed there as $7.15... “Hamburger Patty on a bed of toasted bread, covered with fries, topped with our special cheese sauce, all this topped with green onions.”

I’ve been eyeballing that listing for well over a year now, meaning to go and give it a shot. But it’s hard to resist the chicken fried steak, which is my usual plate there. This last visit I figured it was finally time to give it a shot.

Now, I have to point out — on the menu, the photo for cheese fries and for the Pony Burger are identical. I had assumed it was a mistake. Oh, no. The Pony Burger looks exactly like that. It comes out and smells so strong and cheesy and onion-y and you just sit and look at it for a moment and figure out where you can grab a fry without dirtying your hands. There’s no evidence that there’s a burger under there anywhere.

But there is. Under the fries there’s a half pound patty on the bottom half of a bun, and it’s a nicely salted and peppered one, too. You have to eat it with a fork, or the old men sitting at the table across from you will give you looks like “who raised you?” and you’ll feel like a barbarian.

Is it a good burger? You betcha. I had assumed I’d be wanting chili with it but the cheese and onions do their job. I was unable to finish it. Too much food, too many fries.

Thing is, it’s not the most outrageous burger on the menu. There’s the Horseshoe Burger ($8.15) on the regular menu — which is the same thing as a Pony Burger but with two patties instead of one. And on the special menu (which changes monthly) I found the Heart Attack Burger ($7.15, $8.15 for a double) — similar to the Pony Burger but the cheese sauce is replaced with cream gravy. Huh.

You’ll find Ed and Kay’s Restaurant on the Interstate 30 access road as you head west out of town. It’s open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, staying open until 7ish most nights but closing at 2 p.m. on Sunday. (501) 315-3663.

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