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Chew on This: The Camphouse provides diverse flavors

Jennifer McFadden | Graphics Editor
Chew on This

My boyfriend and I had the wonderful experience of trying The Camphouse together last week.

If you have not eaten at The Camphouse, drop what you are doing right now and go.

Honestly, I could end the entire article right here. The Camphouse is wonderful. Go.

The Camphouse opened about two years ago and serves bar food with a home cooked vibe and a Cajun twang. 

The Camphouse also have a large selection of craft beers.

The restaurant has a small staff that is incredibly friendly and will take time to talk to you.

The inside is decorated with tables made from Jack Daniel’s barrels, straight from the distillery in Tennessee.

The Camphouse plays classic rock music in the background of the restaurant. The outside has a patio with a fire pit, locally handmade couches and giant Jenga set.

My boyfriend and I tried most of The Camphouse’s famous staples. We started out with salsa and cheese dip, both of which are made completely in-house. They came with homemade tortilla chips that were still piping hot from the batch just made.

The Camphouse’s salsa is sweet and chunky. It is loaded with fresh hunks of thick and meaty tomato. 

Their cheese dip will make you cry.

I would leave my boyfriend if this cheese dip were a person, and my boyfriend feels the same way.

After the cheese dip, we had fish tacos. The Camphouse takes avocado, pico de gailo, spices and magical wonder, rubs it on Mississippi farm-raised catfish and makes what was invented as a street food into something gourmet.

The Camphouse is best known for serving cast iron skillets of custom order mac and cheese. The mac and cheese skillets are the Camphouse’s answer to blue plate specials. They have an entire menu of them.

To make a custom mac and cheese, you have your pick of three different types of pasta, five types of cheese, eight types of meat or seafood and eight types of vegetables. The mac and cheese also comes with the option to make it spicy, using The Camphouse’s homemade Cajun seasoning.

We had cavatappi pasta, smothered  in a liquid version of the aforementioned dip with caramelized onions and beef. I spooned up the rest of the cheese sauce after we had eaten the pasta. I know, I have a problem.

I also fell in love with the crawfish pasta, which is cavatappi pasta drenched in Rotel sauce, with large slivers of mushroom, hunks of tomatoes and crawfish bites. This dish is great, but you should avoid it if you have any salt issues.

We finished the evening with the All-American Patty Melt. The original patty melt comes on marbled rye bread.

The Camphouse selects all their meats, smokes them for days on end and hand cuts them.

These people know what to do with meat.

The Camphouse also specializes in their 14-ounce hand-cut ribeye steaks. Whatever the Camphouse does to marinate their steaks, they lock the juices up and throw away the key.

These amazing steaks are juicy enough to fill a sippy cup, tender enough to cry at romantic movies and delicious enough to make me question if they were made by angels.

The Camphouse also has a wonderful selection of desserts, all of which I soon hope to try. In addition to all the wonderful things I’ve already discussed about the restaurant, The Camphouse has gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and nut-free options.

The Camphouse hopes to soon have an entire menu of gluten free options. 

In the meantime, they will work with you on making something for special dietary needs. 

No matter what needs you have, The Camphouse has you covered.

Since the first time I went to The Camphouse, I have been back a few times, or alone for the cheese dip.

Each time, there has been something new to try.

The waitstaff has been just as friendly and the cheese dip has been just as good.

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