CARTWRIGHT, Okla. — The change in the weather had me searching our community for some good comfort food. So I made my way over the Denison Dam to Windy’s Catfish in Cartwright, Oklahoma. If you keep going straight after you get off the dam, you’ll run right into the restaurant.


Windy’s is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Holidays may impact these hours. The address is 172 Boat Club Road, Cartwright, Oklahoma.


Facility: There is wide open parking on both sides of this restaurant. There should never be a problem finding a parking place here.


This building has been here as long as I can remember. I was pleasantly surprised at the upkeep of the interior of this restaurant. It was decorated for Thanksgiving and it was clean. We were the only customers in the building the whole time we enjoyed our dinner.


Food: In reviewing the menu, we did not see any sections for appetizers so we weren’t able to order an appetizer.


I chose the catfish fillets with onion rings ( $8.99). I wanted to add the stuffed crab but after placing my order, the waitress came back and said they didn’t have the stuffed crab. The platter I ordered came with a dinner salad and hush puppies. The catfish was wonderful. It was season perfectly. It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tartar sauce that was provided is really good. It had crunchy onions and and pickles that gave it a nice tart flavor.


The onion rings were deep fried and golden brown. You know I love a good onion ring. These are right up there with some of the best.


The side salad was fresh and the ranch dressing was flavorful not like something out of a bottle. It actually tasted like something she might make in house.


My guest ordered the shrimp platter ($11.99) with curly fries. Large golden fried shrimp with seasoned fries which also includes hush puppies and a salad. The shrimp was seasoned and cooked well. They were crunchy on the outside and soft flavorful shrimp on the inside. She enjoyed her shrimp with the Heinz Malt Vinegar adding a little bit more of a different kick to the shrimp.


Both of our meals were served very hot. They were hot enough, that we had to wait a few minutes to allow them to cool off a bit before we can enjoy them. That’s OK with me. It means it is fresh.


When we entered the door they had a A-frame sign promoting the desserts that they offered for the evening. For dessert we ordered a slice of lemon cake ($1.50) and a slice of coconut cream pie ($2.50). The lemon cake looked like a bundt cake with lemon icing drizzled over the top of it. The cake was fresh and she was very generous with the piece that we were given. The coconut pie was fresh and had meringue on the top, sprinkled with toasted coconut. While both of these desserts were good, I don’t believe they were made in the restaurant. The only reason I say this is because I have purchased both desserts at a local grocery store. Not a big deal really but if you’re expecting something unique, you might be disappointed.


Windys serves Coke products if you enjoy soda with your dinner.


Final thoughts: I really enjoyed the visit to Windy’s. I didn’t catch our waitress’s name but she was attentive and made sure we had what we needed.


I can tell you I have eaten here before about four years ago and the experience wasn’t that good. My last visit had nothing to do with the service that was provided. It had to do with the fish. The fish that we ordered was catfish and it had a muddy flavor to it. This time the fish was fantastic and didn’t taste anything like mudcat.


So, if you haven’t given it a chance lately, you may want to give the place one more try. The food was fantastic.