Saturday, January 21, 2012

Catfish Plantation

Last night I was in the mood for catfish, so we took the family to Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie.  The Catfish Plantation is advertised as "The Most Haunted Restaurant in Texas". It is located in an old Victorian home near downtown.  The house is surrounded by a 1-2 foot tall white picket fence, and it has a stagecoach, among other props in the front yard.  There is even a wooden ghost cut-out for kids to put their heads in and get their pictures taken.  There is some outdoor seating, but it was not being used last night, a little surprising due to the nice weather.

What used to be the front porch has since been enclosed and serves as a waiting area for guests before their seats are ready.  This area has many interesting things to look at while you wait.  There is a table with a little bit of history of Waxahachie and information on the paranormal, which you can read about here.  The rest of the area is decorated in typical Victorian era decor, although there are several tacky things like garden gnomes placed around the room as well.  

The restaurant only has 3 dining rooms.  We walked through the first two before being seated in the 3rd room.  The restaurant is decorated just how you would expect a Victorian home to be decorated, although there is a hodge-podge mix of old tables and chairs.  The mix-matched furniture gives it a special character.  All the windows had stained glass windows covering them.  But mixed in with the decor, are ghoulish things.  In fact, this lady sat over our table on an antique hutch while we ate:

The hostess gave us our menus, which had the history of the restaurant printed on the cover, also found here.  The dinner menu was a little pricey, in my opinion, although the lunch menu looked a little more reasonable.  The waitress was less than attentive, and the food was so-so.  This is not a restaurant we would frequent because of a combination of all the negatives I just mentioned; however, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a different dining experience.  Just don't come with high expectations!

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