We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Adam’s Catfish House
When "catfish" is in the restaurant’s name, you know it’s going to be good. Adam’s Catfish House has been a Belle Chasse favorite since they opened in 1979, and after one bite you’ll understand why.
Address: 8523 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
2. Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar
This contemporary restaurant nestled in Baton Rouge has been around since 2010 and their fried catfish topped with shrimp piquant served over dirty rice is mouthwateringly good.
Address: 7731 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
3. Cajun Landing
This casual joint is known for their amazing seafood dishes and you’ll want to save room for their homemade white chocolate bread pudding.
Address: 2728 N MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
4. Gator Cove
This locally owned and operated seafood joint has been feeding Cajun Country since 1980. Their fried catfish is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth good and will have you coming back again and again.
Address: 2601 SE Evangeline Thwy., Lafayette, LA 70508
5. Herby K’s
This hole-in-the-wall has been a Shreveport staple since 1936. They may be most well-known for their famous shrimp buster sandwich, but their fried catfish could give the shrimp buster a run for their money.
Address: 1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103
6. Crabby Jack’s
This po’boy shop serves some of the most unique po’boys in New Orleans, and their catfish po’boy is just one of them.
Address: 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, LA 70121
7. Johnny’s Catfish and Seafood
Founded in 2002, Johnny’s Catfish and Seafood restaurant is a popular spot to grab a delicious meal in the Shreveport area.
Address: 5130 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71129
Established in 1969, Lagneaux’s is one of the best spots in Lafayette to feast on delicious seafood. Their homemade tartar sauce is what really kicks these catfish strips up a few notches.
Address: 445 Ridge Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
Located right on the water in Manchac, Middendorf’s is known for their thin fried catfish. They’ve been using the same recipe since they opened in 1934, and you’re going to love it.
Address: 30160 Old US-51, Akers, LA 70421
Parrain’s opened in 2001 with the goal of serving the Baton Rouge area some of the freshest and highest quality seafood around. Be sure to come hungry, because their portion sizes are huge!
Address: 3225 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Prejean’s has a talented team of chefs that have made some amazing dishes that have won countless awards. Their Catfish Prejean is just one of many delicious items on the menu. Crispy fried catfish topped with shrimp étouffée and served with corn macaque chop and rice dressing.
Address: 3480 NE Evangeline Trwy., Lafayette, LA 70507
12. Smackin Mack’s
Smackin Mack’s is known for their fried catfish, and you absolutely have to give them a try. Their catfish dinner with hush puppies, fries and coleslaw is a meal you won’t soon forget.
Address: 1707 Metro Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
13. Southern Spice
Southern Spice is a delightfully charming family restaurant with a casual atmosphere and fried catfish that is to die for. They’ve been serving some of the best southern-style meals since 1997, and their commitment to quality is just one of the reasons they’ve been a favorite with locals.
Address: 3901 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
Where’s your favorite spot to get fried catfish? Let us know in the comments below!