Having grown up in an area with catfish as a regular part of the menu, I have pretty high standards. Many of the reviews and the numerous billboards in the area touted Dowds as having the best catfish in the area. The fist was coated and fried in the proper coating. However the coating was a little thick for my taste. The meals come with three sides. My fries had been cooked earlier and then had sat around for awhile and were cool and rubbery. The Cole Slaw was excellent and a side salad was passable. The service was quick. The clientele was mostly older. Overall it was okay, but nothing I would drive out of my way for.