IT’s Fishy

As much as we like food, IT tries to stay healthy. Each day for lunch, Jessie sticks to vegetarian concoctions of chickpeas and spinach, while Emily generally fills up on $4 salads from the NGS cafeteria. We do this so that when we travel, we can eat what we want—be it cheesy tacos or key lime pie. Here, Emily writes about one such indulgence (there were many!) from her trip to Mississippi:

While traveling, I’m on a quest for the unique, especially when it comes to food. So, when my hosts told me about Jerry’s Catfish House in Florence, MississippiFlorence, Mississippi, I pleaded that we go. I mean, how many times in my life would I have a chance to go inside a giant concrete igloo, filled with more than 350 other people dining on all-you-can-eat plates of catfish? The idea was compelling—the experience even more so. We arrived early on a Saturday night—Jerry’s is about 20 miles south of Jackson, just off Highway 49.  According to my hosts, we were lucky we didn’t have to wait. ‘On Friday nights, the line can reach out to here,’ said Arnold, pointing to a spot 100 feet or so from the entrance, ‘On those nights, we just turn around and go home.’

We were seated upstairs, which gave us a great view of the bustling tables below. My hosts ordered for the group—’a mix of filet and whole‘—which I was able to translate once the food arrived as: boneless fish strips (filet) and entire-fish-with-the-fin-and-everything (whole). The $10.95 plates of catfish include french fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw—and, as if that were not enough, we also ordered fried dill pickles ($3.95). The hush puppies (sweet and crunchy), the slaw (creamy and crunchy), and the pickles (tart and crunchy) were so good that I only ate a few of the ordinary and surprisingly crunchless fries.

‘Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and fried but not greasy,’ I was told by my hosts that ‘this is the best catfish in town, maybe even in Mississippi.’ I’m no catfish connoisseur, but I had to agree. I found myself asking for an extra plate of fish and hush puppies—which, with the help of the others and a big glass of sweet tea to wash it all down, I managed to finish.

Coming soon: IT’s detox program.

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