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Jun 22, 2011 06:21 PM

Middendorf's Question

Do they have two locations? I'm getting conflicting info on the web. Do they still have a place in Ponchatoula? I've never been and am passing that way next month. I originally was going to stop in Mandeville at Louis and The Red Headed Lady but have found really bad reviews on them since their DDD episode. I've always wanted to try Middendorf's but just not sure about the location(s).

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Middendorf's is still in the original location in Manchac/Akers. It is about 10-11 miles south of Ponchatoula on I-55.

    There are directions on the website -

    1. One location, two buildings located next to each other. From my last two visits it seems like they are only using the building on the right, closest to the water, and the outdoor deck dining area. As for menu, stick to the catfish, it's what they do best.

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      1. re: DBinNOLA

        Agree about getting catfish. I've had their broiled shrimp and bbq shrimp- both were very underwhelming. Most of the sides- french fries, hush puppies, etc. are just so-so.

        1. re: jenn2083

          Ok, maybe the 30 minutes each way off the highway isn't worth the trip. I like fried fish but I don't think enough to make that much of a side trip. We're heading from Houston to Biloxi in about 3 weeks. Maybe we'll just leave later and stop at Frey's in Jennings. Can you tell I plan my trips around good restaurants :-) Love Frey's and haven't been in about 3 years.

          The week after stopping in Biloxi, we'll be back in NO for 5 days, can't wait. I'm dying to try Mahoney's. Chicken liver poboy - it's calling my name !!!!

          1. re: texasredtop

            It's worth it. Don't miss their marinated crab claws, BBq'd oysters, frog legs, turtle soup and as mentioned famous "thin" fried catfish, frog legs, . It's a great old place - one of the last original manchac restaurants with a great porch. Don't miss it. And send me some frog legs.

            1. re: Louisiana Mouth

              Yum, I adore frog legs. There will be none left for you my dear, sorry!! Tell me about the bbq oysters. Similar to bbq shrimp? I adore the oysters at Drago's, can't get enough of 'em. My mind is changing once again :-)

              1. re: texasredtop

                they are delicious texasredtop. Not like BBQ shrimp, more like the ones at Drago but I prefer them at Mid's - maybe not as 'smokey'?? if you get all the things I mentioned above you won't leave disappointed and the place itself is very special.

                1. re: Louisiana Mouth

                  Yes, I think I'm back on for Middendorf's. On the menu, they have the bbq oysters and they also have Italian oysters broiled and topped with garlic parmesan. I figured the Italian oysters would be like Drago's. I adore Drago's oysters. I will have some the week after that when we are in NO for the whole week. I might have them twice.

                  1. re: texasredtop


                    While you're down there, if you want another special old place near the sunshine bridge in Convent b/w New Orleans and Baton Rouge I can HIGHLY recommend Hymel's on the old river road. Best oysters in Louisiana. yes, I said best.

                    Hymel's Restaurant
                    15805 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057

                    1. re: Louisiana Mouth

                      That name sure sounds familiar but I know I've never been there. I rarely go that route, last time was evacuating for Katrina but I was on the other side of the river by then. Maybe it's talked up on this site a lot and that's why it rings a bell. I'll make a note to get that way.

                        1. re: paz5559

                          DRAT, you are ruining my day :-( I usually come in the winter and didn't even stop to think about that. Casamento's will be closed I bet. Drago's?? I know they will be open but what would be the point of going without the chargrilled oysters? We are stopping at Middendorf's on the way east but circling around and spending 5 days in NO the following week.

                          Casamento's Restaurant
                          4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                      1. re: texasredtop

                        The Italian oysters at Middendorf's aren't anywhere near as good as Drago's. Stick w/ the BBQ.

                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                          Will do - thanks for all the help. I was sorely disappointed to see all the bad reviews on the net about Louie and The Redheaded Lady, I really wanted to try it. It would have been an easy choice driving to Biloxi.

                          1. re: texasredtop

                            Actually, getting off I-12 to 55 to Manchac and Middendorf's takes about 15 minutes,it's an easy drive. Getting off I-12 to weave your way through Mandeville traffic and Louie's might take longer and is not an easy drive. I love both places.They are very different but I would have to try the thin catfish.

                        2. re: texasredtop

                          Now, it has been a few years, so this is not a June, 2011 rec., but over the decades, Middendorf's has always come through for us. We have loved their fried shrimp and their catfish (though Catfish Charlie's in Pontchatoula has beaten them in the past).



                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Bill, I am not sure you can compare pre and post K restaurants, given that ownership changed

                            1. re: paz5559

                              That is good to know, as it has been some time, since we were last there.

                              Thank you,


            2. Middendorf's is in Manchac. Last time we were there they did only have the one building open, but we didn't have a wait

              The thin catfish is the best on earth, and not to be missed. I haven't actually eaten anything else on the menu.

              1. IMHO, Middendorf's has the bestest Shrimp Remoulade. Yes, I do know I said bestest. And yes I have been there lately. I started going there before there was an I-55. We used to have to drive the old two lane (can't remember the highway number) out of LaPlace. My mouth is watering thinking about it. The fried seafood platter is great also.
                Peace Out!

                1. Agreed with everyone else. Its SO worth the drive (and its really not that bad from town) We always get some boiled crabs for everyone to pick at but hands down, if I had one last meal, it would probably be their catfish. Check out all the kitties in back too. We got a kick out of that since I was girl.

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                  1. re: jmorri26

                    I'll get some extra fishies for the kitties :-)

                    We are definitely going.

                    1. re: texasredtop

                      The kitties have a condo with penthouse, too. Check it out. They don't eat fries but they love fish! Vickie is the greeter of the bunch.

                      1. re: mrsfury

                        How will I know Vickie? Does she prefer the thin or the thick catfish - lol

                        I will check out the kitties, no doubt about that. I'm making a note on my agenda or I'll forget by then :-)

                        1. re: texasredtop

                          Vickie is grey and white with white feet and she meows A LOT. She will beg for love. Some of the kitties names are Flat, Smoky, Spot, Katze, Rabbit, Simba... who am I forgetting....anyway have a good time. Try the homemade ice cream du jour.