ASHLAND —Located inside of a Shell Station is a small restaurant serving up specials have food fit for a king. The King’s Diner offers a surprisingly large menu for dine-in or carry-out. Since 2010, King’s has served up an eclectic mix of American comfort food, Indian cuisine and desserts. It also specializes in breakfast, opening up at 5 a.m.
“I was born in India but raised in the Caribbean on Antigua and Barbuda and came to America in 2006.1 went to community college in New York while staying with my uncle. Then, I decided to go to Marshall University. My dad and I were interested in doing our own business and we found this station with a diner here in Ashland.” said Taj Sardar, owner and general manager.
Customers can start off their day with the “Big Breakfast,” a hearty dish that comes with two eggs, fried potatoes, a biscuit and gravy, and a choice of sausage or bacon for $5.49. Breakfast sandwiches, such as a sausage and egg biscuit or BLT biscuit, are available for under $3.
“We open very early at in the morning. We start serving breakfast at 5 a.m. because we have people who work at Marathon and other businesses. I like eating different kinds of food all the time. When I go somewhere and I try something, I try to do something with it here. I hired a cook by the name of Tammie Grant who is phenomenal,” Sardar said.
Every day there is a different lunch special, such as country fried steak, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings or catfish. Most specials are priced around $6 and include two sides and a roll. There are also daily specials featuring Indian food, which include butter chicken, curried pork and chicken Tik-ka Masala. Diners can enjoy them in a platter served with rice, a side, and naan bread for $6.49. The lunch menu also includes a hamburger for $3.29, a Philly steak and gyros starting at $3.99. There is also a small daily rotating assortment of desserts such as chocolate fudge cake or strawberry delight for $2.89.
The King’s Diner is located at 2002 Greenup Ave. It is open from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
THE KING’S DINER
TYPE OF FOOD: American comfort and Indian
ADDRESS: 2002 Greenup Ave., Ashland Ky.
HOURS: 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards (no checks)