Mississippi is known for its amazing culinary creations, but if there could only be one official state food, it would definitely be catfish. Most often breaded and fried to purr-fection, there’s just nothing like Mississippi catfish. Looking for the best in the state? Then you’ll definitely want to check out one of these local favorites.
1. Jerry’s Catfish House, Florence
One of Florence’s oldest fish houses, Jerry’s Catfish seems to be the city’s best kept secret, especially since the restaurant has no website or official Facebook Page. But according to customer review websites, this is a must-visit. A statement reiterated by one of our readers who said that Jerry’s “has the best fried catfish, hush puppies, and Cole slaw!”
2. Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant, Ocean Springs
One visit to this coastal gem and you’ll quickly realize Aunt Jenny’s has it all – a great atmosphere and even better catfish, which by the way, was featured on Good Morning America’s “Best Bite in America Challenge.”
3. Moss Creek Fish House, Pearl
This family-owned and operated restaurant opened in 2012, and since that time it has become known for its delicious catfish, which is served fried, grilled, or blackened. And while there, be sure to try the thin-sliced catfish - it’s the restaurant’s specialty.
4. Cuevas Fish House, Picayune
The kind of place you only hear about from locals, this fish house is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The all-you-can-eat catfish is accompanied by fries, Cole slaw, and hushpuppies so good, they'll melt in your mouth.
5. Charlie’s Catfish House, Ellisville
For the past 40 years, Ellisville locals have been visiting this fish house to satisfy their catfish cravings. Diners are served hearty portions of southern classics, including perfectly fried whole catfish (no filets).
6. Taylor Grocery, Taylor
Referred to by many simply as “that catfish place,” Taylor Grocery has been serving up the deep-fried cuisine since the late 1970s. And at this local staple, the “south’s best catfish” is always joined by good music and sweet tea, which can be enjoyed on the front porch. Does it get any more Mississippi than that?!
7. Catfish Corner, Grenada
A local favorite for over 30 years, Catfish Corner’s “perfectly fried, never greasy catfish” is served buffet-style and joined by a ton of other southern specialties – all of which is so good you’ll swear your momma made it.
8. Chatterbox Restaurant, Byhalia
This family-owned restaurant has been serving up what many have called “the best catfish in Mississippi” for years now. And at Chatterbox, the quality is outmatched only by the extremely generous portions, which definitely makes it hard to save room for the amazing homemade desserts you’ll undoubtedly be tempted with.
9. Cock of the Walk, Ridgeland
With a name that means “best of the best,” it should go without saying that this Ridgeland eatery serves some of the best catfish around. In fact, if you ask New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne, he’ll tell you it’s “possibly the best in the nation.” The Cock of the Walk has also been named the “Best Place for Fried Fish” by the Jackson Free Press several years in a row. Even better? Dining on this award-winning catfish will be easy on your wallet - a catfish dinner, complete with sides, is under $10.
10. Catfish Charlie’s, Gulfport
Since 1980, this coastal eatery has been “notorious for serving the world’s best catfish,” which is served all-you-can-eat or straight order.
Where do you go when you get a hankering for some delicious catfish? Tell us in the comments section below.