Cajun/Creole | Fish Camp / Catfish Parlor | Seafood
Worth a detour

Catfish is the reason to eat at Middendorf’s. It is sold thick or thin. Thick catfish is a meaty cross-section of fish, similar to a steak wrapped in breading. It is sweet-smelling and has resounding vim that is unlike any seawater fish. Thin catfish is more elegant than thick. Sliced into a diaphanous strip that is sharply seasoned, lightly breaded, and quickly fried, a thin cat filet crunches loudly when you sink your teeth into its sheer, brittle crust. It is mild-flavored and benefits greatly from a dip in the horseradish hot sauce provided.

After catfish, most seafood on the menu is worth eating, especially broiled oysters, which come topped with a zesty, buttery barbecue sauce. There are sautéed soft-shelled crabs, po-boy sandwiches, and Italian salads loaded with olives and spice. And there is fried seafood of all kinds: not only freshwater catfish, but butter-rich fried oysters and brittle-crusted shrimp as well.

Middendorf’s is casual, noisy, and theme-park fun. Even with more space added next door to the original restaurant, a wait can be expected at suppertime, especially on weekends.

What to Eat
Middendorf’s, Barbecued Oysters
Barbecued Oysters
What a way to start a meal: six barbecued oysters on the half shell.
Middendorf’s, Barbecued Shrimp
Barbecued Shrimp
Here's another good way to start a meal, or a nice little meal all itself: a line of barbecued shrimp.
Middendorf’s, Thin Catfish Dinner
Thin Catfish Dinner
Fried-thin catfish filets crunch as much as a potato chip.
Middendorf’s, Peach Bread Pudding
Peach Bread Pudding
A close view of peach bread pudding shows its sweet striations.
Middendorf’s, Crawfish Cakes
Crawfish Cakes
Nice-size chunks of crawfish make these crusty, hand-pattied cakes a joy to eat.
Middendorf’s, Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
On a half-and-half plate of thin catfish and fried oysters, it was the oysters that stood out: briny, sweet, and crisp-crusted.
Middendorf’s, Shrimp Remoulade
Shrimp Remoulade
A South Louisiana tradition: shrimp Remoulade. There's a lot of good sauce there ... and a lot of shrimp, too.
Middendorf’s, Sauerbraten
What sort of silly person would come to this famous seafood restaurant and order sauerbraten just because it's Octoberfest? Guilty as charged. I will not make that mistake again. It reminded me of school cafeteria lunch, and I do not mean that in a good way.
Middendorf’s, Shrimp Gumbo
Shrimp Gumbo
There is plenty of shrimp in the shrimp gumbo, the flavor of which is both shrimp-sweet and onion-sweet.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10:30am - 9pm
Wednesday10:30am - 9pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 9pm
Saturday10:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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