Papa Joe

Kerry Kraus

One of life’s truths seems to be you find some of the best restaurants in out-of-the-way places. Humnoke isn’t exactly a destination unless you are going duck hunting…or want some great food. Papa Joe’s Country Store and Café is a very popular gathering place, located halfway between England and Stuttgart.

I’ve eaten there twice and both times the food has been very good. The first time I had Papa Joe’s Kick’n Chicken: a grilled chicken breast loaded with grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms and topped with Swiss cheese and bacon. This came with a choice of either fries or baked potato. The only problem I had with the meal was the temperature. It was not hot. Other than that, it was quite tasty. I didn’t have room for dessert but the beautiful cakes looked tempting so I got a piece of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake to go. I ate it the next day and it was delicious. You could really taste the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

The next visit I ordered the catfish. When done right, there’s nothing better than fried catfish. This was done right. It was crispy on the outside and light on the inside. And it wasn’t greasy. The hushpuppies were the same: crispy but not greasy. Some of the best fish I’ve had anywhere in the state. I asked about the cake but they didn’t have any that day. They did have coconut and chocolate pies. Two of my dining companions had a piece of each and declared the both to be excellent. Once again…the food could have been hotter but it was still well-worth the trip.

Papa Joe’s is only open for dinner except during duck hunting season, when they serve breakfast. Papa Joe’s is worth the drive but come early…they fill up fast.

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