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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Catfish Kitchen in Draffenville

Catfish Kitchen 06 23 2011 7098 500x332 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleOn my final leg back to Cape, I was starting to get hungry. I knew I’d get home later than Wife Lila and Mother would want to wait (not even taking into consideration that I’d pick up a tired bike tourist), so I started thinking about what I wanted. Since I was on I-24 in the vicinity of Paducah, I pulled up the GPS waypoint for the Catfish Kitchen, which is near Draffenville, which is near Benton, Ky, which isn’t near much of anything.

The actual address is 136 Teal Run, about a mile south of Draffenville, Ky., off US 641. Just follow the cars. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Google the restaurant and there are plenty of maps showing you the location.

Be prepared to wait

Catfish Kitchen lake 06 23 2011 7013 500x265 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleSince the folks had a trailer on Kentucky lake not far away, I’ve eaten a lot of catfish, frog legs, white beans and hushpuppies there. The only catfish around Cape that comes close to it is at Sandy’s Place at the airport on Friday night.

Because it is popular, long waits are common. That’s not such a bad thing, though. Behind the restaurant is a small lake full of fish, turtles and waterfowl. Kids and adults alike love to toss bread and hushpuppies into the water and see the size of the fish that snatch them up.

Ducks, turtles, fish and bugs

Catfish Kitchen lake 10 17 2002 3094 500x375 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleI found photos going back to 2002 without much searching. These ducks were floating around in October of that year.

Comfortable waiting room

Catfish Kitchen waiting room 10 29 2008 2643 500x332 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleIf the weather’s not conducive to hanging around the lake or wandering outside looking at antique farm equipment, there’s a comfortable waiting room. There are plenty of toys and games to keep the kids from getting too squirmy. If they get too much out of hand, you can always feed them to the bear.

Meet Uncle Ezra

Uncle Ezra Catfish Kitchen interior 06 23 2011 7027 398x600 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleThe service is fast and the servers are great about checking to see if you want refills of the unlimited white beans, hushpuppies, slaw and drinks. Mother and I took Wife Lila’s brother, John Perry over there once. They must have had to harvest another field of beans to handle his requests for refills. (I made sure to take him a half-pint of them when I left the other night.)

The inside of the restaurant is decorated with a whimsy. There’s plenty to look at while you’re waiting. The first time I saw Uncle Ezra, I thought he was real.

Antique farm machinery

Farm equipment at Catfish Kitchen 06 23 2011 7088 500x342 Catfish Kitchen in DraffenvilleYou can wander around scoping out the antique farm machinery dotting the road. They have a PA system loud enough to hear your party being called, so don’t worry about losing your place in line.

Photo gallery of Catfish Kitchen

Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken of the Catfish Kitchen over the years. Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery.

5 comments to Catfish Kitchen in Draffenville

  • Margi Whitright

    Wow! We’ll have to keep this place in mind. We stopped at a place in Anna-Jonesboro on our last trip. I think it was called Dixie Bar-B-Q, on the right side going west. It was very good barbecue. Not Blue Hole, but then what is?

  • Pat Smith

    Each year our local quilt guild has a retreat at Kentucky Lake. Many of us like to eat one of our meals here. That is where I was first introduced to fried pickles. Delicious. When you have a group and call ahead, they have your table ready with the appetizers already out and ready for you. Great service.

  • Darlynn Moore

    What is the name of the new book by Danny Devine? called something like 111 Places ….. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks, Darlynn

  • LeLane Taylor

    Best fish anywhere in the old USA…Love Wes/Judy..

  • Joe Cannon, OKC

    We ate there in the summer of 2011 with Jerry & LeLane Taylor and I could hardly walk out of there. Everything was phenomenal. Maybe the best fish I have ever eaten. The hot sauce is out of this world!!!!

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