Back in the 1980s we used go out east of Garfield on Wolf Lane to a place called Catfish Hill. They had the freshest fish you could possibly get. This is about 5 or 6 miles east of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
After you arrived, they’d walk out back, catch the fish out of a pond that was directly behind the restaurant, clean it, fry it up whole and serve it to you. The whole process didn’t seem to take any longer than going anywhere else for a meal.
The old fellow that owned place was Clarence Washington. I think everyone that worked there was family, with a daughter taking it over after Mr. Washington passed on in 1993.
I hear the place has been closed down for 12 or 15 years now.
You know what I found out about the Washington family while researching this? Dorothy Washington-Hewitt, a daughter of Clarence was in the food business also. She has been talked about a lot on Facebook. You probably know her as Dot, the lady that served us great food out of her cafeteria style place out on Howard Lane in north Austin, Dot’s Place. Later it moved to Pflugerville for a while after the place off of Howard Lane was lost in a fire.
So I guess you could say “Good Cooking Ran In That Family”.
This is the writing by Robert Falcon, a frequent visitor to this very fine establishment. He has a better grasp of the actual layout and history of the place.