Southern Fried Catfish in So Cal, without having to go to the south!
Where in So Cal can I find good southern fried cornmeal catfish? Those from the south of the country know what I'm talking about.
The Blue Marlin West in Palmdale does a authentically delicious version.
Blue Marlin West Restaurant
3135 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, CA
The Village Idiot used to have southern fried cornmeal catfish. I can't remember for certain if I saw it on the menu the last time I was there, but I think I did? Not sure *how authentic it is, but it certainly was good the one time I had it.
The D.U.T.C. Grill in Gardena serves catfish for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Their jambalaya is good and they also make fried chicken using the Golden Bird recipe.
The OP might want to browse the Soul Food place map for possibilities:
BTW Soul Folks is no longer in the DPH database - R.I.P.
14903 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249
"Boring city ham"? At Cracker Barrel (unfortunately, no locations in California) you must order true country ham, if you want ham instead of farmed catfish. My procedure is: have country ham, grits, biscuits, and red-eye for your meal and then pick up a couple of packages of thin ham slices to transport home in the ice-chest in your car. I try to maintain a minimum quota of three packages in my home-freezer at all times, but I'm currently eating through number two, so it looks like a trip to Arizona will be necessary this weekend.
Getting back to Southern California, I've only had country ham once -- onest -- at Johnny Reb's, my favorite local Southern joint, and it's a evil thing, even for this rebel boy. (I grew up in California but lived most of my life in the South.) Sorry, but I can't recommend it to no Yanklees.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Str
21611 N 26th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027