Only one fish swims ahead of the competition as a Southern favorite--catfish. Festivals devote themselves to it, queens vie for its name, and families make it a staple during summer meals.
Enjoyed for its golden-fried goodness, catfish claims nonfried dishes as well. Catfish pâté, catfish mousse, catfish BLT, and catfish encrusted with pecans grace menus across the South.
We've cornered fish markets from beyond the mighty Mississippi to the Mid-Atlantic in search of places that serve this favorite, fried or otherwise.
The Mississippi Delta--A Swimming Success
Nobody knows catfish like folks in The Delta. Catfish ponds and processing plants are as plentiful as the area's cotton and soybean farms. You won't find a restaurant between Memphis, Tennessee, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, that doesn't prepare this favored fish in some form.
Pull In to Peterbo's
You know the food tastes delicious at Peterbo's Family Restaurant because catfish plant workers themselves eat here for lunch. Located on U.S. 49 in Isola, Peterbo's sells catfish fingerlings and fillets on the lunch buffet ($6.95) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday. 273A U.S. 49 West, Isola, Mississippi; (662) 962-7281.