About every other Friday night we go out for fried catfish. Vince’s favorite place so far is about 23 miles south of here. That’s my least favorite place. We’ve been to one places that was just terrible – fish wasn’t so bad but the atmosphere was bad. Crowded and there was no real non-smoking section.
Last night we drove close to 50 miles one way to Cook’s Fish Barn out from Comanche. Except for the 100 mile round trip, this was easily my very favorite of all the places we’ve tried. The fish was excellent, the people working there were really nice and friendly.
The restaurant is located in an old chicken house. They had an old timey country band playing.
We took one route to get there and another route to get back. I kept asking Vince to stop so I could take pictures. He was beginning to worry that we would never get home but he wasn’t nearly as worried as I was .. because he insisted we stop at Wal-Mart. How can someone who loves to shop as much as he loves to shop live with a non-shopper like me?
Debi McIntosh says
Judy – I’m an un-shopper – I do it much better than shopping – especially for clothes – I don’t go to the shops unless I need dog food – I have what I need in the freezer or fridge – but if they need feeding I have to go – most weekends after work on a Friday – my car stays in the same spot until Monday a.m. !!!! I like it that way – I sew – wash – cook (not much cleaning or dusting)
Judy Whitehead says
This week I’ve had to go shopping for an outfit to wear to our grandson’s graduation. Although I’m looking forward to seeing the family and being there, the shopping was torture. I did end up finally finding a dress and shoes…… finally. That’s my shopping for a while DONE!
It depends on what I am shopping for… I hate clothes and food shopping! But I am not a big internet shopper so I still go to the LQS for fabric (one of my all time favorite things to do!) and JoAnn’s for crafty ideas and supplies. I also love Hobby Lobby! But tell me it’s time for our weekly grocery shopping trip and I am sure I sigh and moan likes its the end of the world; same goes for clothes… I am pretty fond of Tractor Supply, though, where we get the animals food. I can almost always find “something” interesting to buy or read there!
Sarah B is exactly my kind of shopper! Here it’s Mills Fleet Farm…..really like that store (and really great deals on Lodge cast iron pots/pans!!!!). Guess the 2 of you balance each other in the shopping dept.??? I know, though, that it is somewhat of a trial for the non-shopper!!!!! The catfish looks awesome. We went for fish last night, also. Little country tavern with country music in the background……wonderful food!!!!!
Laurel from Iowa says
You’re a shopper – you just prefer the convenience of shopping online. You do your research, you have a plan and you stick to it. I admire your thoroughness and appreciate you sharing that knowledge with all of us. Vince just must be a more tactile/sensory shopper – he has to see it in person, feel it and then make his decision. You balance each other but I can see how having to actually go to all those stores must frustrate you. Glad you liked the new catfish place. Next time you map the route home so that there will be no Walmarts in sight!
Kathy E. says
If you are ever in our area again, you must go to Country Boy in Many. YUMMY catfish. Atmosphere… OK. Their fish is a little spicy and always cooked to perfection. Their home-made tartar sauce is wonderful, and the slaw is the best I have ever eaten (if you like a slaw that is not loaded in mayo). Time for a road trip…. come see us!
KAT in Tamale Land
Sandra Neel Hutchins says
We love catfish and just yesterday, we had a lovely fish fry with fresh caught catfish from the lake. If we don’t have our own, we look for good cat fish restaurants, but they are difficult to find. So glad that you and Vince got to enjoy really good catfish!
I figure there are shoppers and buyers. Buyers (like me) do their research, but it requires less shoe leather. When I’ve made a decision, I go directly to the store I’ve chosen, find the item, buy it and leave. Of course, online shopping is quicker, but some things I just have to see up close and personal.
You have my sympathy, LOL.
Helen Koenig1 says
Judy, that is one thing I miss so much!!!! I used to live in IL – and we would go fairly often (never often enough) down to the river and eat at the Barefoot Inn – eat all the catfish you can!!!! I KNOW they lost money on me since I could eat catfish until the cows come home (and we didn’t have any cows!!!!)
Around here – I can’t even locate ONE catfish place! Just a couple of places that serve fried fish which is good, btw, but just not the same!
Another thing my family used to do when I was little (eons ago – and I think they have long since gone from that location!) was to head down to Hardin IL (cross the bridge one way – and go back on the ferry! on the way home!) There was a little fried chicken place – which would bring out platters of fried chicken, with big bowls of mashed potatoes and greens on the side and homemade biscuits that I swear would melt in your mouth! Again – all you could eat! And they DID lose money on us…. I was just a scrawny little thing – but a veritable bottomless pit!!! Our family of 4 would go through 4 – 6 BIG platters of fried chicken, 2 bowls of mashed potatoes, 2 gravy boats of milk chicken gravy and 1 bowl of greens! EVERY week!!!! Sorry – can’t say that my sister ate a lot! Neither did my mom!!! But man! that chicken was GOOOD!!!!!
We used to have a deer lease about 3 miles from there. Love their catfish. It amazes me their only open on Friday & Saturday.
Judy, sounds as though you two are on a grand quest
to locate THE PERFECT CATFISH HOUSE
Sounds like fun! ! ! ! !
We love to road-trip
Doris - The Quilting Queen says
What!!! You went to Cooks and didn’t invite us to go along! Glad you found it and liked it. Next time give us a call, it might get you out of a Walmart stop if there are others in the car.