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Memphis Area - Fried Catfish?

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Can anyone tell me where to get good fried catfish in the Memphis area?

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  1. dont know much about the area but if there is a cracker barrel near by they have great catfish...I know my friends think its crazy that I enjoy Cracker Barrel but for catfish they good.

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    1. re: orzobino

      I second this opinion of Cracker Barrel's fried catfish. When traveling with friends recently, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel and they had a fried catfish special. We all got it and all (1 from MS, 1 from NC, 2 from TN) thought it was outstanding. I am the one from MS and had to be talked into it, but I'm glad I gave in to peer pressure!


      1. re: Pat L

        catfish is the discussion. Cajun Catfish Co. on Sycamore View has some of the best catfish I have ever eaten and I have eaten at quite a few catfish places. Everything I have eaten at Cajun Catfish Co. has been very good.

        1. re: kjwalker

          Flying Fish has good catfish.

          Flying Fish @ 105 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 901 - 522 - 8228.

          The Flying Fish
          105 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

          1. re: Littleman

            Four Way Restaurant on Mississippi Street has excellent catfish. They are filets, but very large, and surprisingly light and non-greasy. It as Martin Luther King's favorite place for fish! I ate there today and it is still going strong- don't know why they get mentioned so rarely on here....

            Four Way Restaurant
            998 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38126

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      Randal Cooper

      Two places are okay--Miss Sipp's in Millington and the Olive Branch Catfish co.

      I'm told that there's a really good place in Red Banks, Mississippi but I haven't tried it as I go for catfish maybe once every six months.

      I visited the Cajun Catfish Co on Sycamore view for lunch one day, but I didn't have the catfish and wasn't impressed with what I did have.

      Not much help, I know--but it's something.

      1. Haven't found good fried catfish in Memphis. I like whole catfish and everyone seems to serve filets.

        And Cracker Barrel??? Please. I wouldn't even consider stepping foot into that place

        (without ordering an Uncle Herschel ;)

        1. Check out the Wolf River Cafe in Rossville. It's about 15 minutes east of Collierville. They don't serve catfish every day, usually just Fridays and Saturdays (I can't remember) - call the number below to verify.

          You can get there by taking Poplar Avenue east until you reach Highway 194, take a left on Highway 194, travel north about half a mile, Wolf River Cafe will be on your right.

          Wolf River Cafe
          470 Hwy. 194
          Rossville, TN 38066 Phone: 901-853-2586

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          1. re: Dignan

            Of course everybody has personal tastes.. and I've eaten catfish all over the South, but the Wolf River Cafe is my current favorite. It's a bit of a drive from Memphis, and you'll most likely have to wait on catfish nights, but it's worth it. Their iced tea in a jar is fine and dandy with the catfish!

          2. Sort of out the local Memphis area but worth a mention. The best catfish I have ever had is about an hour and a half south of Memphis in Taylor, MS (15 minutes south of Oxford). They have filets and whole catfish and I hear the steaks are great, but can't seem to stray from the catfish.

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            1. re: john marc

              Thanks - what's the name of the place?

              1. re: Susan

                Taylor Grocery. Great place in a cool little town.

            2. Actually in Memphis: have you tried Buntyn's?

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              1. re: Steve S.
                Steve Steffens

                No, go to Olive Branch Catfish Company on Old Highway 78 (along the RR Tracks) in Olive Branch. They have grilled, blackened and the best fried in the area, not to mention endless hush puppies!

                1. re: Steve S.

                  Buntyn's hasn't been the same since it moved over to Park avenue and it's actually closed at the moment. They were evicted.

                2. d
                  Downtown Real Estate Peddler

                  Olive Branch Catfish Co. is good, and a pleasant enought drive and offers catfish everyday. Most of the "meat and 3" offer catfish as a special and typically on Fridays. Remember when the pope said you couldn't eat meat on Fridays? Try Alcenias on North Main (great) Patrick's now on Park at Mendenhall...does it taste as good as it did in the Target shopping center??? I hope so. The Little Tea Shop (downtown on Monroe) has a great catfish on Fridays too.

                  1. Now that we can bump old threads and move them up to the top of the page, let me recommend Soul Fish in Cooper-Young for all your intown catfish needs. Also for sandwiches. And an excellent Caramel-Pecan pie.

                    1. Going to bump this thing again with a couple of additional choices (trying to make this thing as complete as possible):

                      First, Friday nights at the Brunswick General Store they have a fish fry of sorts. It's not bad, but not the earth shattering experience that I expected given the word-of-mouth (Soul Fish has 'em beat, but if you live out that direction it's certainly worth a visit).

                      Second, the lunch buffet at Leonard's barbecue (off Mt. Moriah) has really excellent catfish. It can be a little greasy, but as a rule it's some good stuff.

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                      1. re: Randal Cooper

                        I second this reply with Leonard's. Was there a few years ago and ordered the buffet....ate more of the fried catfish than BBQ pork. Was fantastic.

                      2. catfish shack on mendenhall

                        as good as you will eat in memphis

                        chris and the boys know how to cook catfish ... and the hushpuppies are great

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                        1. re: uncbornbred

                          I heard Blues City Cafe is know for their catfish

                        2. Soul Fish Cafe is Cooper/Young has great fried catfish!!