10 Great Spots for Fried Fish

Many New Orleanians love their fried catfish and while abundant during the Lenten season, there are several restaurants that serve it year round. Here are some restaurants around the New Orleans area you can count on to serve a good plate of fried fish.

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar

Head Uptown to this Magazine Street eatery where “All-U-Can-Eat” fried catfish means just that! Joey K’s keeps your plate piled high with good flavor, and they keep bringing you more. Plus, don’t expect that “fishy” taste here. If you’re looking for more fish options, try out Joey K’s fried catfish po-boy or fried fish tacos too. Photo courtesy: Joey K’s Restaurant

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Middendorf's

Check out Middendorf’s for catfish that’s worth the drive. This seafood restaurant in Manchac, La. is known as the expert on thin-fried catfish. Its proximity to Lake Maurepas makes it a cool destination spot too. It’s definitely worth a trip. Photo courtesy: Middendorf’s

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Neyow's Creole Café

Crowds really pack in this Creole soul food hot spot in Mid-City. The light, flaky fried fish is seasoned to perfection here. Make sure you try the macaroni as one of your sides. Photo courtesy: Neyow’s Creole Cafe

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Mr. Ed's Seafood & Oyster House

It seems that this restaurant empire just keeps on growing, and we think the fish is definitely part of the reason. Mr. Ed’s goes with a cornmeal-coated catfish fried to a crispy golden brown. Photo courtesy: Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Oyster House

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Acme Oyster House

Acme Oyster House is known for its master oyster shuckers, but the spot also has some good fried fish to get you through the lenten season. Plus, the seafood chain makes it easy with quite a few locations around the metro area. Photo courtesy: Acme Oyster House

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Parran's Po-boys & Restaurant

Aside from serving a finger-licking good roast beef po-boy, this Metairie po-boy hot spot is also known for cranking out a good fried catfish plate. Photo courtesy: Parran’s

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The Galley Seafood

You may have tasted this restaurant’s soft shell crab po-boy at Jazz Fest. This Old Metairie seafood spot knows how to fry fish to perfection. The fryers here season well and make sure to never serve you a soggy piece of fish. Photo courtesy: The Galley Seafood

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Deanie's Seafood Restaurant

Locals have loved this Bucktown favorite for years. Get ready for a full plate of fried goodness. You may even have enough to share. Photo courtesy: Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant des Familles

Head down to Crown Point, La. if you want your fish served with the perfect view. Dining here is an experience paired with a romantic glimpse of the bayou. You might spot a gator. Photo courtesy: Restaurant des Familles

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New Orleans Food & Spirits

This family-friendly restaurant has locations in Bucktown, Covington and on the West Bank. The catfish comes out hot, fresh and flaky. You won’t be disappointed. If you really want something a little more decadent, try the “Catfish Lafayette” topped with a shrimp cream sauce pasta. Photo courtesy: New Orleans Food & Spirits

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Are there other great places for fried catfish out there? If you would like to let Nola Weekend know, feel free to drop us a line.