I'm not a huge fan of fried foods, but lately I've been craving fried catfish. I've been to 2 places in the last week and I couldn't rave about either - in fact, one was just plain bad.
Catfish Sam's in Arlington has wonderful fried catfish - non-greasy, big and meaty with a crunchy cornmeal exterior - no batter folks. Unfortunately, the sides were lackluster. And the hushpuppies were these weird tubular things that tasted like ...... nothing.
Catfish Co in Hurst is not worth a look. The catfish were more like pre-fab frozen fish sticks. The pintos were served at room temp and again - the extruded hushpuppies. What's up with those?
Over the years, I've been to Hook, Line and Sinker and of the 3, it's probably the best. It's been a while, but when I was last there, the catfish were pretty skinny (flat). If they could just serve the same meaty catfish that Catfish Sam's does, it'd be worth the drive for me (from Grapevine) for the sides and pups.
Anyone have any suggestions for good, big, meaty fried catfish filets with a cornmeal crunch, great, flavorful sides (pintos, slaw, fr fries, etc), and hushpuppies with some (green) onion and maybe a little garlic. Icy cold beer wouldn't hurt the cause!