Repka's is definitely off the beaten path, but we will be beating a path to their doorstep from here on out.
From Katy, we should have taken 359 to get there, but ended up going the long way and saw a fair sampling of bluebonnets and double-wides. We arrived just before dusk at this country store/restaurant/bar, and the folks there couldn't have been more friendly.
Highlights included a chicken and sausage gumbo that was the best I've tasted outside of Lousiana (in spite of the okra...heh). The roux was just the dark side of medium, the sausage was seasoned just right, and the dark meat was a treat, clearly cooked off the bone. Fried catfish was spectacular...fresh, lightly coated with cornmeal and fried just done, leaving the catfish still tender and moist.
The boiled crawfish were beyond our expectations...they smelled garlicky, and the cayenne bite was in the boil, rather than added at the finish like so many. My lips were burning, fingertips tender, and I couldn't stop smiling. Service was prompt and attentive, beer was ice-cold, and we're already planning a return trip tomorrow night to introduce others to our new find.
A jukebox, three pool tables, a pinball table and a handful of video games made this a place we're looking forward to sharing with others. The waitress let us know that Wednesdays and Thursdays were good nights to come for crawfish...that they get busybusybusy on the weekends. We were also told that the main building has been there since World War II. Bring cash or your debit card...they don't take credit cards.
I'm so glad we drove out there!