Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vernon's Kuntry Katfish

Restaurant: Vernon's Kuntry Katfish
Type: Home Cookin'
Address/phone/web address:
5901 W. Davis
Conroe, TX

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I had a revelation about this place tonight. What makes Vernon's such a great place to go to? What gives it that "down home" feel?

Maybe it was the death of a high school band mate that made me reflect and realize how much has changed in the past 15 years since I've graduated high school. I think it's because as different as things are, Vernon's has remained virtually the same. I mean, nothing changes about that place, and that's what makes it so wonderful. It would not be the same if they took the lettering off the door informing customers that in 1997 it would become a smoke-free establishment. Or if they went to a more modern ordering system. There's just something about the green restaurant check with your total written in black Sharpie. It seems there's a lot to say for consistency and dependability.

I know when I go there, I can get the best banana pudding with real whipped cream, or some darn good chicken fingers. Now let's not forget Chicken and Dumplings on Wednesdays either. I can't say I'm a fan of their french fries, but they are cut from real potatoes. Some folks I'm sure think they're great. Now the potato salad--that's another story. That stuff is as good as my Mom's. I could make a meal on the hushpuppies, pickled green tomatoes, potato salad and banana pudding. How's the Katfish? Hmmm...since I think Katfish tastes like dirt, I've never had it. I'm sure it's tasty. They have a banner out near the road claiming it's one of the top 10 places in the State of Texas for catfish. So I guess it's good.

Another thing I look forward to is their free egg nog that is served beginning the day after Thanksgiving. My family and I affectionately call it "thumb-nog" because as you are scooping out the noggy goodness with the industrial-sized ladle, it runs down your thumbs back into the bowl. Kinda gross, but that's what makes it extra tasty. I'm sure there's some sort of health department violation, but who cares?! We're all family. It adds to the charm.

So, Conroe-ites, when you find yourself longing for old times and what "used to be," make a trip to Kuntry Katfish. Thanks, Vernon's, for being that one thing that doesn't change in this ever-changing world.

Price range: Mid-range
Local establishment or chain: local
Exterior Cleanliness: 8
Interior Cleanliness: 8
Service: 10
Hostess: 7
Waitstaff: 10
Food rating: 10
Overall rating: 8.8
You should order: Potato salad, banana pudding
You should stay away from: The french fries

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