Hello All! Your friendly restaurant reviewer has been extra busy with his real job this week, so he asked me to contribute a post so this blog doesn’t get all lonely and forgotten. And considering that I am his wife and eat with him at most of the restaurants he plans to review, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
To any who don’t know me, my name is Heather. I love good food almost as much as my husband does, and I do most of the cooking around here (trying to live up to his high standards! – HA!) I may even add some posts later on about some of my favorite recipes.
So I’m going to talk today about a little place in Yukon called Catfish Cove. (There is also a location in Moore that we haven’t tried). It’s nothing fancy, but we enjoyed it a couple of weeks ago and it seems that a lot of people have never heard of it. Basically it’s an all-you-can-eat catfish buffet. I know, not exactly culinary arts. But they have a simple idea and they do it well.
Catfish Cove is open Thursday and Friday for dinner, Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for lunch. They definitely stay busy during their limited hours, but we had no trouble getting a table right away on a Saturday evening.
The buffet is priced according to age, with youngsters and senior citizens receiving a discount. Our son got to eat free since he’s under 3 — always a bonus at any restaurant! The base price covers the salad bar, main buffet, and a dessert buffet. On Saturday nights there’s an additional option for all-you-can-eat crab legs — we didn’t indulge in these when we went, but saw a lot of people enjoying them.
Ok, on to the food. It’s really just what you would expect. There’s a large cold salad bar with all the basic veggies and other toppings plus a broccoli salad and coleslaw. Peel and eat shrimp are also available from this area, kept chilled. While there was nothing particularly stand-out about the salad bar, I will say that everything appeared fresh. I ate some of the peel and eat shrimp and was surprised at how good it was, considering this dish is often overly fishy for me.
The hot bar had, of course, CATFISH. It was crunchy and well seasoned; everything I want from catfish. Also available were fried shrimp, chicken strips, hush puppies, corn fritters, green beans, fried okra, pinto beans, and multiple other sides. Everything was hot and fresh and I saw servers refilling the bar multiple times.
Another plus were the baked and sweet potato bars. Both potato varieties were available, with all the traditional topping for each. Load up a potato with bacon, cheese, green onions, etc., from the salad bar and add in some sour cream and plenty of butter from the condiments area. Or put brown sugar, cinnamon, and other toppings on a sweet potato. Both looked like great options, but I had too much to handle just with the other selections!
It’s an odd thing to say, but I was probably most excited that there was a decent remoulade in the condiments section, alongside the expected cocktail and tartar sauces. I’m not a fan of either of those old standbys, and having the remoulade to dip my seafood in really made the whole meal for me.
Finally, definitely save room for the dessert. There were a few types of cake cobblers available, and each were good but not great. The real treat here is the homemade vanilla ice cream. Pile it on your favorite cobbler, or add some chocolate sauce or caramel to make a sundae. The ice cream on its own tastes just like my mom and grandma always made on the Fourth of July.
I really enjoyed our meal at Catfish Cove. I can’t tell you it will change your life, but if you’re like me and grew up loving fish fries and restaurants that knew how to do it right, this place is worth a visit. For me it’s really comfort food, and sometimes that’s just what I’m craving! I think I enjoyed the meal more than my husband. He didn’t have any complaints about the place, it’s just not his favorite type of food. It’s was a good place to get a decent meal close to home and I’m sure we will be back.
Have any of you visited Catfish Cove? What were your thoughts? Are there other restaurants like this that we should try? Let us know what you think!