Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Boyette's Fish Camp

I don't know anything about this place. I just like the sign — and the fact that it's within the greater metropolitan Chunky area on the Chunky River. We used to have a thing about naming places to eat catfish and hushpuppies "camps" — maybe folks still do. I remember a Gappy's and a Long's ( I think ???). They were south of Meridian, as I recall. Perhaps Boyette's was formerly Ezell's.

One of Chunky's most famous landmarks is Boyette's Fish Camp, which serves legendary fried catfish and shrimp to visitors from miles around. Some 50 years ago, the riverfront restaurant opened as a hamburger stand serving fisherman but was soon converted into what became one of the first fish camps in the state. The Boyette family has owned the restaurant since 1983, and diners have been clamoring to get their hands on the fish camp's secret recipes for coleslaw and hushpuppies ever since.

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