So, what does a bear have to do with catfish? The folks at C and C Catfish in Van Buren have a direct connection -- and some pretty good catfish to boot.
The Redings, who own the place, put out a pretty good spread. The offerings include steaks, snow crab legs, frog legs, fried oysters and crawfish tails, shrimp, chicken, and catfish.
I will go on the record to point out that catfish has to be really dang good for me to like it. Muddy catfish leaves me cold. Cold catfish leaves me... cold. But well-prepared, fresh catfish is a singularly good thing I can dig into.
So, C and C Catfish -- it's about a block off the main drag, Fayetteville Road on the north side of Van Buren. You turn west onto Rena Road a couple blocks north of I-40 and just look for the only building on the right where folks are gathering. From what I understand, it's the only sit-down seafood joint in town, so sometimes there's a crowd.
We dropped in on a family visit in September. Didn't take long for Hunter to order -- there were a good dozen items on the kids menu and she went for corn dog bites -- which, heck, she's a kid, whatever. We placed our orders and soon had set-ups delivered.
what I know as green tomato relish, also known as pickled green tomatoes, and NOT chow-chow... we're having an argument about this over on Facebook) in its own bowl, pungent and sweet. There was a plate of add-in including jalapeno slices, red onion slivers and dill pickles. There was a bowl of sweet coleslaw.
So, that would have been enough. Hunter was even digging on the pintos and making those hush puppies disappear, and then dinner arrived. And for the first time ever, I am not going to post the photo of Hunter with her dish, because she made one of the most disgusting open-mouthed faces I've ever seen on this child, and I don't want to disturb your reading. I have a reputation to uphold, after all.
Those fries, though. I just have to mention them because dang it, they were great. They really were.
Go look on the Facebook page and see. Hunter was even a little nervous about it, and wouldn't get close enough to actually side up to that bear.
I need to get back over to C and C Catfish at some other point and try out some of the other delicacies. For you catfish lovers, do know you can do an All You Can Eat on that catfish with the beans and coleslaw for $17,99 any time they're open. Really want to go all the way? Do the $34.99 version and get as much shrimp, coconut shrimp, crawfish tails, fried oysters, crab legs, frog legs and catfish as you can shove down your gullet. No sharing and no take-out, please.
And you can get that catfish grilled or Cajun blackened, which is likely what I'm going to do next time I go. That and maybe the crab legs.
One more tip -- for seniors, C and C Catfish is a really good deal. There's a couple dollars off difference for those catfish dinners. Not bad.
C and C Catfish
50 Rena Road
Van Buren, AR