fried catfish platter — Photo courtesy of Hook Line & Sinker Facebook page
While Texans are known for a wide variety of popular regional dishes - barbecue, tacos and chicken fried steak to name a few - nothing is better in the summertime than some good ole' fried catfish served up with fresh coleslaw and hushpuppies. Hook Line and Sinker (at Lemmon Ave. and McKinney Ave. in the Uptown neighborhood), offers some of the best fried catfish in town. This little hole-in-the-wall is packed from wall to wall every day at lunch and all through the weekends due to its prime location, low prices and delicious seafood straight from the Texas Gulf Coast.
The catfish platters there come in all shapes and sizes - from one piece plates to combination plates with fried oysters or shrimp. Their fried catfish is battered Texas-style - with cornmeal, and it's cooked fresh to each order.
Not in the mood for fried catfish? Try the mouthwatering boiled shrimp and crab legs platter that comes with boiled corn and new potatoes. If you want something cool, you can't miss with the Mexican shrimp cocktail. Some of the best sides there include fried okra and their special coleslaw that has fresh pineapple chunks.
If you're watching your waistline, order one of many grilled plates, including grilled tilapia. These platters skip the french fries and hushpuppies and replace them with rice and grilled veggies.