Mike Linnig’s Restaurant

Review by: Michael Stern

We visited Mike Linnig’s in the winter, which is a shame because a seat outside under shade trees at a picnic table by the Ohio River is a near-perfect place to enjoy massive amounts of fried seafood and beer. Actually, inside dining is pretty swell, too. It’s a huge place with cavernous dining space in back, but we relished sitting in the smaller front room opposite the bar where you step up to place your order (table service is available in back). Here the wood-paneled walls are crowded with trophies of animals from land, sea, and air, as well as nostalgic photos, clippings and nick-nacks going back to the 1920s, when this place opened as a fruit and vegetable stand on Mike Linnig’s farm.

What should I eat at Mike Linnig’s?

The menu includes just about every kind of seafood that can be fried, including sea scallops, crawfish, and salmon, but its highlights are such Indiana fish camp specialties as catfish, white fish, and frog legs. You can have a taste of nearly everything if you order from the “Seafood Lovers” area of the menu, which is huge plates that include some of everything. We were especially fond of the spicy fish nuggets and the freshly-breaded shrimp. The fish, the frog legs, the scallops, and the oysters had a seriously nice crunch to their crust, but weren’t otherwise memorable.

Portions are immense. Each seafood lover platter is enough for two. As we walked towards the front door, we happened to chat with a large couple who were leaving with a plate of leftovers. When we inquired about all the food they were taking home, they explained that the two of them had both had gastric bypass surgery and therefore no longer had the vast appetite necessary to consume an entire Mike Linnig meal in one sitting.

Onion rings are a specialty. They are big chunky things, extremely brittle and mostly crust with just a hint of onion flavor emanating from the slick ribbon within. Tartar sauce and cocktail sauce, while served in the sort of individual cups typical of institutional meals, are Mike Linnig’s own recipe, and both are outstanding.

Oh, and by the way, among the beverage choices are iced tea (sweet or not), lemonade (which tasted a lot like the tea), and genuine Kool-Aid, listed on the menu as fruit punch.

What To Eat

Frog Leg Plate

Tenderloin Sandwich

Onion Rings

Seafood Plate



Mike Linnig’s Restaurant Recipes


What do you think of Mike Linnig’s Restaurant?

2 Responses to “Mike Linnig’s Restaurant”


May 23rd, 2021

We have spent over an hour and half waiting for our food when we got the food it was cold and NASTY!! The very same time we placed our order my son placed his family’s order. Over 2 hours later they still had no food and absolutely no help from employees so we left. This had nothing whatsoever to do with being short handed because people that ordered their food after us had their food. Never will we go back. I have no idea what they have changed but again the food was cold and nasty.



October 12th, 2010

After reading the Roadfood reviews, I was really excited to get there and eat, and didn’t care that it was way out of the way from where we were staying in Louisville. That being said, after 2 weeks of eating on our recent road trip, this was probably the worst meal I ate. We had the highly recommended seafood platter, and although the portion was massive, the breading was very heavy and much of the seafood was tough and chewy. I din’t mind the white fish filet, but the rest of the platter was dissappointing. the fried clams were decent, and the condiments were fine as well. Maybe we just didn’t order the right stuff, but I am not dying to get there again. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.


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