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.
Barrow’s prized catfish and potato salad resurfaced in 2018 after being shuttered following Hurricane Katrina. It’s reputation of crispy, flaky fish still attracts fans who flock to the spot for its consistency passed down for generations. Photo courtesy: Barrow’s Catfish via Instagram
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. Look out for a new Slidell location opening spring 2019. Photo courtesy: Middendorf’s
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
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
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
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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