Benson’s Grill2515 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479.782.8181
It’s appropriate we’re talking about Benson’s on a weekend. You’re driving around Fort Smith some weekend night, can’t find anyone. Where the bloody heck is everyone? Try Benson’s. Nine chances outta 10, the place is rockin’ like the back of a sunset-painted 70s van after dark.
The place is tiny and the parking lot is no better.
We said: “We want to eat what’s on that sign.” This is what we got, with onion rings:
In addition to our favorite, childhood-scarred-us-so-we-luv-them crinkle-cut french fries, Benson’s does great tater tots. That sounds like something simple, no? But you guys know food, too, so you know there are some less-than-tasty fried dishes out there. Not at Benson’s — their deep-fried stuff is crisp not soggy, tasty not greasy. Tater tots — Nom. Fried mushrooms — “fried mushrooms at Benson’s??” you might think. A resounding yes.
Breakfasts should be re-named Bensonsfasts. They are, almost without exception, sensational. Humongo fluffy pancakes. Eggs cooked the way you wanted. Omelets stuffed full of goodness (we’re partial to the ham-cheese omelet). Grits that aren’t gritty. Hashbrowns? Well, they’re TDF. They’ll make them any way you want — scattered, smothered, covered, crispy, oniony, delish-y. (I guess we can say with purpose that Fort Smith Eats basically can recommend any and all potato dishes at Benson’s). Another breakfast dish we recommend? Breakfast burrito. Yummo.
We said, though, almost without exception. We’ve eaten there long enough to know a fluke when we get one, but we gotta say, Fort Smith Eats had a bad steak experience there.
Ordered steak and eggs. Eggs are fine. See?
Hashbrowns were great, as usual:
Then we have the left side of the plate, featuring in the starring role, Yummy Looking Steak That is Sadly Completely Raw Inside.
Fort Smith Eats Confession Time: We’ve eaten at Benson’s seriously more than we could count if we tried, almost always late at night. Other than our steak episode, we can’t think of a bad dining experience — and we have even ordered dishes with CHILI before (yes, more confessions, Fort Smith Eats doesn’t always have great judgment at 3 a.m.).
Here’s the awesomeness of Benson’s: They’re friendly, they’re hopping in the middle of the night, and you can walk in there stone-cold sober or stumbling-inebrieated, and you can rest assured that you’ll have a memorable — and tasty — experience.