RE: Weekend Plans?
Sun, 10/26/03 4:33 PM
Hope all of your weekends turned out to be great. My adventure yesterday was a total joy, but far different than anticipated. We arrived yesterday morn at Bolivar, TN, only to discover the Forestry Festival had totally fizzled. Per the director, the majority of festival exhibitors, participants, contestants, etc. simply failed to show up that morn, with no notice, due assumedly to the prior day's bad weather forecasts & actual threatening weather that morn. Was she disgusted & embarrassed! I felt sorry for her, for it was obvious she & her group had done much festival prep work.
With nothing much going on in Bolivar, we headed out for places and things all unknown to me, first "doing" the Shiloh National Military Park; quite interesting, tho believe I really prefer Vicksburg. We then went for late lunch at Hagy's Catfish House Restaurant, immediately north of the Park. What an eating treat that was! Hagy's is reached by going down a little wooded road which opens onto this beautiful clearing right on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. The restaurant is the only thing there other than a little old log shack. Don't think I've ever seen a restaurant so isolated, "off by itself" in such a lovely, peaceful setting. Guess restaurant building is sort of on the order of a lodge with a front sitting porch and all glass front walls through which diners can look out over the beautiful grounds & Tennessee River. There is even a stairway one can go down to the very banks of the river (surprised that is permitted what with this days litigious society). Not only is the setting so lovely, but the food was fabulous. Menu offered several varieties of catfish, other seafood, and believe various poultry, beef, and barbecue selections (I really wasn't paying that much attention after seeing the catfish). I went with the just plain fried catfish which was the most delicately flavored (both coating and fish itself) catfish I've ever eaten; and it was by far the most grease free fried fish I've ever had. Potatoes, hushpuppies, and especially the unique slaw were all just as delicious. Had a taste of Don's white chocolate banana custard pie (great) altho its a lemon chess type pie for which they are most famous. If anyone is ever touring Shiloh or traveling thru the area, I heartily recommend Hagy's Catfish Hotel, which is still owned by descendants of the original 1938 founding family, with its current building dating from 1976. Try it if you are in the area! Would add that Don said as good as Hagy's catfish is, he thinks that at Taylor's in the Oxford area is even better, but Delores prefers Hagy's. See they are both included in "TopTen" list of national catfish restaurants in rating by some national catfish institute.
After that great meal enjoyed touring Pickwick lock & dam & Lake area; had no idea it was such a huge resort area; then enjoyable touring thru far northwest MS and a run down a beautiful section of the Natchez Trace Parkway to Tupelo. So thoroughly enjoyed the new (less than year old) Tupelo Auto Museum, currently exhibiting 112 cars. Fine facility, great variety of autos well exhibited, and opportunity to view restoration work currently in progress on additional vintage cars. Highlight of museum to me was getting to see my first ever Tucker, with which I've been fascinated since first seeing newsfilm feature re the Tucker as a kid at local movie theater in 1948 - a 55 year dream finally materialized! Although nearly dark and all there was closed, enjoyed walking through Elvis’ birthplace park in Tupelo before starting trip back to Memphis, during which all of us were still too full to stop for Phillips Grocery hamburgers when through Holly Springs, even it it had gotten there before it closed for the day.
Though threatening weather all day, found no rain until got back to Memphis, and then was in hard rain all the way home, only to have it stop 5 min. after got home, & fortunately have had none since. So tho things don't always work out as planned, the alternative to those plans at times turns out to be even more enjoyable than would have been the original - such as was this 480 mile adventure yesterday. I do highly recommend Hagy's Catfish Hotel to all and the Tupelo Auto Museum to any other "car nuts" like me. Again, hope all of you had most enjoyable weekends.
PS - correction; pie was banana custard, not coconut custard as originally posted.