Don’t miss the Whole Fried Flounder at Catfish Cove in Gaston County.
Don Lineberger, whose father owned one of the first fish camps in Gaston County, is a little picky about where he eats flounder. It’s been a dozen years since his family sold Lineberger’s Fish Fry. So now he’s partial to Catfish Cove, which is owned by Raymond Stowe, who cooked at Lineberger’s Fish Fry for 30 years.
Lineberger, a vice president at First National Bank in Gastonia, orders the whole flounder, scored and deep-fat fried. “A half-order consists of one fish — and a whole order contains two fish,” he says. “A secret to cooking flounder is to have the oil at the right temperature so that the fish cooks crispy on the outside without absorbing excessive amounts of oil.” Ditto on cooking onion rings, which Stowe slices and hand-batters daily.
1401 Armstrong Ford Road, Belmont, N.C. 28012
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