One Tank Travels: Sassy

I’ve written several times before about my favorite places in Arkansas to eat catfish. It seems to be a trend that if you find a restaurant serving barbecue, they also serve catfish. Must be a Southern thing.

I was recently in Fayetteville and had the opportunity to visit a place I’d never been before. It was highly recommended by a friend who lives there. She and I both love good catfish though she didn’t make any menu suggestions when telling me about Sassy’s.

Sassy’s Red House
is located on College Avenue in just that…a red house. The outside is deceptive. It doesn’t look that large but inside it holds a good number of people. It also has outdoor dining but, since it was raining at the time of our visit, we weren’t able to enjoy it.

I could smell the barbecue when we walked in but I really didn’t realize it was a specialty until I looked at the menu. Since it was rather late at night, I decided I’d better forgo the spicy stuff until another visit.

So, after reading and re-reading the extensive menu (it was difficult making a decision), I decided to try the catfish. In a word — excellent. Very crispy and not greasy…two of my major requirements. The serving looked more like catfish fingers that filets but they were awesome anyway. I was a little surprised to see they offered Texas toast instead of hushpuppies but that’s a minor point. The catfish was the star of the show. With the catfish, you get two side orders so I went with coleslaw (what else?) and fried okra. Both were nice complements to the main course. Sassy’s is now on my list for excellent catfish.

I rarely select beef when ordering barbecue. I always get pork. Once again, I guess it’s a Southern thing. One of my companions ordered the chopped beef brisket plate which he graciously allowed me to sample. It was so tender and flavorable, I’ll be getting it on a future visit. If the beef is this good, the pork must be incredible. Another member of our party had a half-order of the barbecue nachos. It was huge. I would guess the full order would feed several people. And they were pronounced to be good eating as well.

There’s a different nacho item on the menu  that is on my must-try list: Sassy’s Irish Nachos. The menu describes them as their “version of cheese fries.” These use fries as the base with all the nacho toppings added. And you can add beef or chicken as well.

According to Sassy’s website, the sauce was developed in 1895 by Sassy Jones’ grandfather. He sure knew what he was doing. It’s excellent with several levels of “temperature” to choose from.

The next time you’re in Northwest Arkansas, give Sassy’s a try. As Alton Brown says, “It’s good eats.” Just look for the red house at 708 North College in Fayetteville.
Photos courtesy Sassy’s Red House
Catfish photo courtesy William B.,
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