Today was a beautiful day, perfect for a drive to Columbus. And it was a perfect day for a very nice lunch at Minnie's Uptown Restaurant, paradoxically located south of downtown in the residential historic district. Its beautiful tree-lined streets convey peace and contentment.
Saturday is fried catfish day, so of course that is what I ordered. The catfish was excellent. The meat was tender, moist, and sweet with not a hint of fishiness. The crust was light and crispy, giving a good texture contrast. The greens were very good, the black eyed peas were excellent. That is a corncake on the plate, a traditional Southern variation on cornbread. It was delicious and delightfully salty.
I apologize for the partial portrait, but this is what was left of my fried peach pie when I remembered to take a photo. The fried pie is well-known from the golden arches but its roots are in the South. This one was pretty good but I think that it could have stood a minute or two more in the fryer to crisp up the crust. But overall, this was an excellent, enjoyable, and relaxing meal with extremely gracious service.