Whole Fried Catfish with Green Onions and "Dickey Sauce"
This, folks, is the real deal: deep-fried catfish as it's served at Taylor Grocery. "Dickey sauce" is nothing more than tartar sauce, but some Oxford locals privately renamed it in memory of the late poet and novelist James Dickey (Deliverance), who once dined at Taylor Grocery. When small bowls of tartar sauce were brought to the table, Dickey--famed for his formidable whiskey consumption--grabbed a spoon and lapped up all the sauce in his bowl. "That," he announced, putting down his spoon, "was the best soup I've ever eaten." --Jonathan Miles