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Catfish Craze

Logsdon's Catfish Filet DinnerLogsdon's Catfish Filet Dinner
Logsdon's Catfish Filet Dinner

One mile east of downtown Boonville, Ind., sits the cozy and casual dining staple, Logsdon’s Restaurant. Its furnishings and decor channel a western lodge — a deer antler chandelier, buffalo and deer mountings, rustic and antique tools — and the restaurant also includes a full-service bar and ample space for hosting live entertainment.

Evansville natives Rose and David DeWitt opened the restaurant in May 2010 with their sons, Mike and Chris. A family restaurant was always on the to-do list, says Rose, and they wanted to honor her mother’s maiden name, Logsdon. Their menu boasts a variety of American, seafood, steakhouse, and burger dishes, and plenty of homemade desserts such as Grandpa Will’s Lazy Day Peach Cobbler.

As a Boonville native and a Logsdon’s regular, I frequently dine on the catfish filet sandwich ($8.95) — served on a hoagie bun and topped with homemade tartar sauce, a pickle, and onions — for a Saturday lunch. On evening occasions, the catfish filet dinner ($16.95) arrives with two heaping 7-ounce filets garnished with lemon wedges, two side items, and a semi-sweet dinner roll. Logsdon’s offers plenty of hearty side options such as baked beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice, twice baked potatoes, potato salad, and more. I opted for creamy coleslaw and German potatoes mixed with red and green peppers and onions. Each filet is lightly hand breaded with spices, yet not greasy, and has a bright white interior that’s tender enough to cut with a fork.

On a bun or solo, the catfish has always been a must-have menu item, says Rose. “It’s just such a big piece of our southern Indiana culture.”

Logsdon's Restaurant, 1206 E. Main St., Boonville, Ind. 812-897-8813 or find them on Facebook.

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