Diners are American icons, like apple pie, baseball and drive-in movies. There is just something about those booths with the leather seats, a jukebox at every table and round stools in front of a long counter that instantly takes people back to a simpler time in life when the world seemed less complicated. In the early to middle part of the twentieth century diners were considered the place to go for quality cooking at an affordable price. But the late sixties and early seventies fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King had eclipsed the diner as the place to grab a quick meal and diners began to fade from the public landscape. However in 1983 a Barry Levinson film called Diner brought the eatery back from extinction by introducing a new generation to this beloved American staple. Now almost every city and town in America have reinvested in the diner concept.
Benson’s Grill 2515 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR
Benson’s Grill is one of Fort Smith’s oldest diners. With a forty year history of great food and good service, Benson’s knows how to get it done. Come in for breakfast lunch or dinner and choose from a large menu of delicious food all priced under ten dollars 24 hours a day. Come in at 8 PM and order a Man Size Breakfast which comes with three eggs, hash browns, the choice of bacon sausage or ham, and toast with jelly for only 6.49. Or come in at 2 AM and order a Sirloin Steak Dinner. Benson’s also is one of two diners to have a juke box so customers can enjoy music while they eat. No matter what time of the day or night Benson’s is open and ready to fill empty stomachs.
Benson’s Grill is located at 2515 Rogers Ave Fort Smith, 479-782-8181. Benson’s is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
The front of the menu at Four Star Restaurant 800 North Paw Paw Road Roland, OK 74954
Four Star Restaurant is the oasis for people who are driving down long stretches of I-40 and need a place to refuel their empty stomachs. Four Star is open morning, noon, and night to serve quality food. Located five miles outside of Fort Smith, Four Star is easy to locate. One of Four Star’s most popular meals is the Two Egg Breakfast. This filling meal comes with two eggs, hash browns and the choice of Biscuits and Gravy or toast and has a price tag that is under three dollars. Looking for something other than breakfast, then order one of Four Star’s hamburgers or hot sandwiches. All are freshly made and will fill the heartiest appetite. Throw in unlimited refills on coffee, tea, or Pepsi products and customers will drive away satisfied as they get on the road again.
Four Star Restaurant is located at 800 North Paw Paw Road Roland Oklahoma 918-427-1258. Four Star is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lucy’s Diner 4605 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR
Lucy’s Diner has been open less than two years yet already has two distinctions that set it apart from other diners in the area it is the only diner on the south side of Fort Smith and it is owned by Ben Cannoy. Lucy’s Diner serves a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items any time of the day. One of Lucy’s more popular items is the Philly Cheese Steak Omelet. Most diners offer a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich but Lucy’s has transformed the sandwich into an omelet. Lucy’s is one of the few places that offers a Ribeye Steak for under ten dollars. Lucy’s is also the only other diner in town that has a juke box and boasts a fifties motif that makes customers feel like they’ve stepped back in town. So south side diners come down and enjoy some good cooking at a good price.
Lucy’s Diner is located at 4605 Towson Ave Fort Smith 479-646-1001. Lucy’s Diner is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Maid-Rite Diner Fort Smith Pavilion
Arkansas’ first Maid-Rite opened its doors earlier this year in the Fort Smith Pavilion . They have been delighting customers with fantastic food and great service. One of the most famous dishes served at Maid-Rite is their unique loose meat sandwich. This signature sandwich has been the cornerstone of the Maid-Rite menu ever since Fred Angell developed it in his butcher shop 86 years ago. Aside from the loose meat sandwich, Maid-Rite also offers Broaster chicken, soups, salads, and milkshakes made with Blue Bunny ice cream (another Iowa staple).
Anyone who has not tried Maid-Rite yet, needs to come in and see what hometown goodness is all about. They are located in the on the western end of the Fort Smith Pavilion at the intersection of Old Greenwood Road and Phoenix Avenue. The diner is situated next to Charming Charlie Customers can call 479-242-7483 for more information.