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Fried catfish and/or Calabash-style seafood in Durham/Chapel Hill?

CindyD Feb 18, 2007 01:00 PM

I have some friends coming to visit from Toronto who are anxious to try Calabash-style seafood and fried catfish. I'm not a big fan of either, so I haven't a clue where to take them. Any recommendations?


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    walras RE: CindyD Feb 18, 2007 05:11 PM

    Kemp's in Durham.

    Their website is down, so try

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      Chow Penguin RE: walras Mar 5, 2007 01:09 PM

      I'll second that. However, my OH is reluctant to return any time soon because he had tummy troubles after our last visit. I put this down to bad oil that the food was fried in. I was OK though.

    2. About Town RE: CindyD Feb 18, 2007 07:40 PM

      I'd check out Mama Dips for fried catfish. http://www.mamadips.com/lunchdinner2....

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        jsb23nc RE: CindyD Feb 18, 2007 08:03 PM


        1. rossgrady RE: CindyD Feb 19, 2007 11:42 AM

          As everybody else says, Kemp's. The canonical answer used to be "the seafood restaurant at the NC Farmer's Market in Raleigh," and since, to the best of my knowledge, they're owned by the same guy, I guess it still is the canonical answer, more or less. So you can pick between the two depending on which is closer.

          NC Farmer's mkt: http://triangle.citysearch.com/profil...
          Kemps: http://triangle.citysearch.com/review...

          I'm not really much of a fan of Calabash-style anything, but I know enough to know that, the half-dozen times I went, Kemp's was a pretty classic example of it.

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            cackalackie RE: CindyD Feb 19, 2007 12:39 PM

            And coincidentally, Kemp's is now located at the original site of the Cock of the Walk, which is where I had fried catfish for the first time, many moons ago. (Anyone remember that place?)

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              chazzer RE: cackalackie Feb 20, 2007 05:12 AM

              I remember that place all the food tasted like the metal pans it was served in

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              realjuel RE: CindyD Feb 20, 2007 04:39 AM

              We like Capt. John's Dockside on 15-501 heading toward Pittsboro. Haven't had the catfish there but the fried croaker is great. I love fried catfish, mind you, but I think catching and cleaning them yourself results in a more flavorful fish than the farm raised ones.

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                notfancyjustgood RE: CindyD Feb 20, 2007 06:58 AM

                Mama Dip's... although I prefer the fried chicken

                or better yet just take a daytrip down to Calabash for the real deal... I like Coleman's in calabash.

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