Catfish Craze

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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