Despite its limited hours of operation, Donna K’s Catfish Restaurant (intersection of Hwy. 144 N. and CR 200, 254/897-4305, Thurs.–Sat. 5–9 p.m., $8–16) is a busy and popular restaurant. As the name implies, catfish is what lures most of the crowds, but the seafood (shrimp, oysters, flounder) and standard items (steak and chicken) are also worthy options. The family and community vibe are satisfying intangibles that make Donna K’s a fun place to grab a weekend dinner.
Another spot filled with local flavor is Hammond’s BBQ (1106 NE Big Bend Trl., 254/897-3008, open daily, $7–17). Although Hammond’s has had the misfortune of burning to the ground three times, locals have been fortunate to have it rebuilt each time. Demand is high for these perfectly smoked meats, including savory sausage and tender brisket.
For a fancier dining experience, consider Inn On The River (205 SW Barnard St., 254/897-2929, open Fri. and Sat. night, $12–35). The restaurant at this popular bed-and-breakfast, a former “health sanitarium” from the 1920s, offers an ever-changing elegant four-course dinner served every Friday and Saturday night. Seatings are available at 6 and 8 p.m.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition