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Best catfish outside of Dallas


I first tasted catfish when I lived in Dallas. There were these two shack-style restaurants on a corner near where I lived. They both served fried chicken and fried catfish. One had great chicken, the other great catfish. It was in Dallas that I acquired a taste for catfish.

This is surprising coming from me because I’m very particular about fish. I usually avoid it because I don’t like the fishy taste. But, my oh my, that catfish was yummy.

Later, when I lived in Maryland, I had the opportunity to have catfish at a swanky restaurant. It was horrible! I had to send it back. And I usually just suffer in silence!

So, imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw fried Louisiana catfish available at the Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival this past weekend! And, after hearing that Peter Tork (yes, the former Monkee) had really liked it, really needed to give it a try.

First, the portion was generous. The picture above was for a Catfish lunch … only three pieces. I’m thinking they either don’t know how to count, or their definition of pieces is different than mine! (Note: I had already eaten a piece before I took this picture.)

Second, the catfish was divine. It was soft and buttery. No fishy taste at all. Just the right amount of meaty-ness. And the batter wasn’t oily at all. I snarfed it down amid mmmmm’s and ahhhhh’s. I felt like my tastebuds had gone to heaven!

So, if you ever have the opportunity to try Ben King’s Louisiana Catfish … take it! Their prices are very reasonable (I paid only $7 for all that fish, two hush puppies and a stack of fries … in Dallas it was $5 for two pieces of catfish only). The fish is prepared to perfection. They are worth going out of your way for.


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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.