If Mississippi had an official food, it’d definitely be catfish. From the state’s northern border all the way down to the Gulf coast, there seems to be no shortage of restaurants that serve the local favorite. So, the next time you get a craving some purr-fectly prepared catfish, check out one of these 11 amazing Mississippi fish houses.
1. Catfish Charlie (11419 Canal Rd., Gulfport)
Since 1980, this coastal eatery has been notorious for cooking up "the world’s best catfish," which is served all-you-can-eat or straight order.
2. Cock of the Walk (141 Madison Landing Cir., Ridgeland)
If you ask New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne, he’ll tell you this restaurant’s fried catfish is "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 the award-winning catfish will be easy on your wallet - a catfish dinner, complete with sides, is under $10.
3. Chatterbox Restaurant (3443 Red Banks Rd. S, 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 make it hard to save room for the amazing homemade desserts you’ll undoubtedly be tempted with.
4. Catfish Corner (117 Sunset Lp., 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 are so good you’ll swear your momma made them.
5. Taylor Grocery (4 First St., Taylor)
Referred to by locals 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 plenty of sweet tea, which can be enjoyed on the cozy front porch. Does it get any more Mississippi than that?!
6. Chunky Shoals Fish Camp (13221 Old Highway 80, Chunky)
Located on the Chunky River, beautiful views and mouthwatering seafood are perfectly intertwined at this local favorite. The family-owned restaurant serves amazing catfish with sides to match, including Chunky’s "famous" hushpuppies.
7. Jerry’s Catfish House (3326 US 49, Florence)
Housed in a giant white igloo, Jerry’s may not look like your standard restaurant, and that’s because it’s not. The local favorite serves up all-you-can-eat catfish that has been referred to as "the best in the state."
8. Cuevas Fish House (2508 MS-43 in Picayune)
The kind of place you only hear about from locals, this fish house is definitely worth a visit. Aside from all-you-can-eat catfish, you’ll find other fried favorites and a variety of delicious sides, including fries, Cole slaw, and hushpuppies so good, they'll melt in your mouth.
9. Larry’s Fish House (4238 MS-7, Itta Bena)
Opened since 1996, this family-run restaurant features an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with catfish, which comes fried, baked, and grilled, along with fried chicken, ribs, and a variety of vegetables.
10. Cravin’ Catfish (242 1st Ave., Sherman)
Be sure to bring your appetite when visiting this Sherman fish house, which features a huge buffet filled with perfectly seasoned catfish along with plenty of tasty sides, such as fried green tomatoes, vegetables, Cole slaw, onion rings, French fries, and macaroni and cheese.
11. Mack’s on the River (820 River Rd., Hattiesburg)
If you’re looking to get your fill of great seafood, you’ll want to head to Mack’s. The restaurant has a 45’ long buffet filled with catfish, shrimp, and lots more! Even better, Mack’s is located on the Bouie River, which means every meal is served with a great view.
On or off this list, what’s your favorite place for fried catfish in Mississippi?