A Tennessee favorite catch of the day is flake-tender catfish of the best quality. Fried catfish is considered a quintessential southern dish, along with sweet tea, fried chicken, sweet potato pie and hush puppies.
Southern restaurants and rural fish lovers dote on its sweet flavor. Catfish is often fried with a little cornmeal, salt and oil, served up crispy, golden and delicious, attested by diners at Nashville's famous Arnold's Country Kitchen. Experience an outstanding catfish dinner on the water: cruise or drive to Lighthouse Restaurant at Cookeville Boat Dock. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park Visitor's Center, Boyette's Dining Room draws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners. Blue Bank Fish House & Grill, also in the Tiptonville area, brings out heaping helpings of grilled catfish, white beans, salad with Blue Bank Bleu Cheese, baked apples and homemade rolls with strawberry butter.
Chefs around the country are now emulating Tennessee kitchens and eateries by crafting new ways to cook and eat what was once considered a very lowly fish. Blackened catfish is a variation on the traditional southern preparation, paying homage to the cherished Caribbean way with spices. Popular recipes for catfish include serving it broiled, grilled, sauteed, poached, smoked, pan seared and in a stew or soups. Food textures and flavors serving as complements for catfish are coleslaw, onions rings, the must-have hush puppies, fried green tomatoes and browned potatoes. Accompanying sauces that pair well with catfish are piquant cocktail, horseradish--with a kick, tartar or catsup.
City: Friendsville, TN
Bear Creek Grill
The Bear Creek Grill is settled in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, built over a running creek. The surrounding park is visible from anywhere in the restaurant. ...more
Bell Buckle Cafe & Music Parlor
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City: Hornbeak, TN
Phone: (731) 253-0111
Blues City Cafe & Band Box
Enjoy the best meal on Beale at the Blues City Cafe in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues City menu includes such favorites as our Famous BBQ Ribs, Southern Fried Catfish, Broiled Steaks, and the "Worlds Best" Homemade Tamales. ...more
Boyette's Dining Room
Boyette's at Reelfoot Lake specializes in catfish, country ham and Certified Angus Beef steaks. Tradition and delicious food brings diners back again and again to this top west Tennessee dining favorite. ...more
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store/Casey Jones Village
Enjoy world-famous buffets daily at Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store. Award winning Southern restaurant, charming Gift Shoppe, 1890's Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe and the Old Country Store To Go. ...more
Caney Creek Marina
Upscale marina with ship's store, grill, gas pumps, holding tank pump-outs on every dock, pontoon boat rentals, covered and uncovered slips available year 'round. Electric, water, cable, and phone available in each slip. ...more
Caney Fork Restaurant Caney Fork takes its name from the famous Caney Fork River, which winds through middle Tennessee just east of Nashville. The crystal clear waters of the Caney Fork is home to some of the best trout fishing in the South, canoeing, kayaking, camping, hunting and many other door activities. ...more
Caney Fork takes its name from the famous Caney Fork River, which winds through middle Tennessee just east of Nashville. The crystal clear waters of the Caney Fork is home to some of the best trout fishing in the South, canoeing, kayaking, camping, hunting and many other door activities. ...more
If you just happen to be passing through East Tennessee and just happen to be on Asheville Highway, there is a restaurant that you do not want to miss. Even if it is 50 miles out of the way, you still do not want to miss it. ...more
Carl's Perfect Pig Barbeque and Grill
Thirty minutes from Nashville on Highway 70, you'll find a full parking lot at Carl's Perfect Pig. The smokehouse is on the side, but inside customers line up for open-pit pulled pork and tender ribs, country fried catfish, Southern veggies and great burgers. ...more