Thursday, November 17, 2005

Another Moment of "Not-So-Divine" Inspiration


I just have to mention a great discovery that I had yesterday! It's not a divinely inspired moment, but it was heavenly. There is a new restaurant in town called Boogie-D's. It's a catfish place. Now, as way of background, I am a catfish enthusiast. Everywhere I have lived, and visited, I've explored the catfish venues in search of good catfish. From The Catfish Platter just across Lake Texhoma from Whitesboro, to Arlene's in Denison, to the little road-side catfish and gas station outside Meridian, Mississippi, to The old Iron Bridge Restaurant in the middle of nowhere, I know and love catfish. My Youth Minister was an old Cajun from West Monroe, LA., and he taught me about catfish, and could cook a mean breaded and deep-fried catfish.
Well, when we moved to Lubbock, we heard of a restaurant called River Smiths, and heard that it was the best catfish around...but it's not. I'm not even sure that it is fresh. The breading is all wrong. It's just lacking. And, if that is the best Lubbock has to offer, I'd be driving 6 hours back towards Durant, OK., where the Catfish Platter serves up the best ever. As a matter of fact, my in-laws live near the Catfish Platter, and Dad turned us on to the place, spoiling us from any other catfish. In fact, The Catfish Platter is so good that when we lived in Garland, (NE Dallas), we would load up every Thursday and drive an hour and a half to eat there. My kids became catfish lovers at The Catfish Platter. If you get there after 5:00, you'll have an hour wait just to get in. But yesterday, Boogie D's rocked my world! It was fresh, even fishy tasting in the way that great catfish is. It was thick, white, and cooked just right. The hushpuppies were even jalepeno hush puppies, fried crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle! It was a ray of hope to my 2 or 3 times a year of getting great catfish. Don't get me wrong, The Catfish Platter is still king, but there's a new contender in town. And given the proximity, Boogie D's will be my catfish place of choice. If you're ever in Lubbock, give me a shout. I'll gladly take you there.

10 comments:

Billy V said...

I was never a big catfish fan until we had a catfish fry at my first ym post in Southlake, TX. It was fantastic and it may in turn have been the best catfish I have ever had. It was light and fluffy and cornbready (?) I miss it so. My dad makes a pretty good crappie...

Lara said...

mmm i want some
I definately think you should look into starting a cat fish farm

G said...

fish...

brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I'm not sure how to pronounce that, but its not good...

Anonymous said...

Arlene's!!!!! I haven't eaten there in soooooo long. Great to keep up with what God is doing in your neck of the woods. We are heading to Texas for Thanksgiving. I'm not sure if we will make it to Arlene's.

The Shotwells

Katrina said...

Wow...that made me hungry. I can't think of anything I'd rather have right now that jalapeno hush puppies.

mystic farmer said...

Might be Ok for flat, treeless lands of West Texas, but the best catfish ever is on Friday nights at the Chevron out east of Kosiusko, Mississippi. they raise it out back, have filled in the service bays with 8' tables, mopped up and serve it all you can eat.

But catfish farming? How do you prepare the soil for that?

The Bishop said...

That sounds exactly like the place i'd eaten at in Mississippi! Either it's a great idea, or we ate at the same place!

Blogadelic said...

hee hee, billy v said crappie, oh i see, nevermind, dude i live in sherman and catfish is a staple here being on the lake all the time. my fav's are hucks in denison, wendy's across the dam, hee hee, i said dam, oh i keep doing that. anyway and catfish haven in whitesboro...
don't get me started on bar b q...

hey you 'lead pastors seem to have alot of time on your hands to do these blog things, hit me up sometime bro...

Anonymous said...

tasty tasty

Scott Palser said...

Yo! Jason man! Have you totally forgot about the Canadian River catfish between Amarillo and Dumas? I thought you really liked their catfish. Myself, I love the bacon cheeseburger and fresh cut fries! Awesome!