Note to self: Go try catfish in KY and MS. And anywhere else! Found a wonderful little restaurant passing through Lexington, KY, (no catfish though) and made it a point to stop there again on my next cross-country drive.
Hmmm, benchmarks. Well, I'm not too picky, but a nice cornmeal-based breading, lightly seasoned. Last night's was fresh, wonderfully seasoned, not too heavy on the salt. I like to taste the fish. Fried golden-crisp, large fillet, piping hot inside and just done. At home if I pan-fry, I use higher ratio of cornmeal-to-flour. Bacon grease for a treat if I have it. My family thinks I'm strange - I don't use tartar sauce. Kind of a purist that way, it's the fish I want. But I have a weakness for remoulade, so if it's there, I'm dippin'!
It's good to get back in the area. We spent 3 years in Idaho, where they consider catfish to be trash fish. Bottom-feeders. hmmph, so are lobsters and crabs.... I love the south!!!