Best Fried Catfish in Arkansas (2019)


You’ll find catfish in just about every river, stream, lake and reservoir in Arkansas, and state hatcheries produce some 1.3 million fish each year to keep the population healthy. It’s no wonder catfish is such a popular dish in the Natural State. While most restaurants source U.S. farm-raised catfish for their menus, almost all serve it the traditional Arkansas way – fried and served with fries, hushpuppies, green tomato relish and tartar sauce.

  • Dondie's White River Princess

    Dondie's White River Princess
    Des Arc

    All catfish at Dondie's White River Princess in Des Arc is farm raised and sourced in the U.S. Get it fried with hushpuppies, fries and coleslaw or grilled with fries and all the fixins’.
    Photo courtesy of Dondie's White River Princess

  • Jason's Catfish Buffet

    Jason's Catfish Buffet

    Jason’s Catfish Buffet has been serving catfish in the same location for nearly 30 years. Fried catfish fillets are the most popular item, with some 16,000 pounds served per month.
    Photo courtesy of Jason's Catfish Buffet / Facebook

  • Brown's Catfish

    Brown's Catfish

    Brown’s Catfish has been serving up a Cajun-inspired seafood buffet to hungry diners in Russellville for more than three decades. While there’s plenty to choose from on the buffet line, the US-farmed fried catfish and catfish steaks rank as favorites.
    Photo courtesy of Brown's Catfish

  • Catfish N

    Catfish N

    Catfish N, a family owned and operated buffet restaurant in Dardanelle, makes everything from scratch, from their hand-breaded catfish fillets to the hushpuppies, dipping sauces and sides.
    Photo courtesy of Catfish N

  • The Wooden Spoon

    The Wooden Spoon

    Housed in a 19th century horse barn dismantled and relocated from Central Michigan, The Wooden Spoon serves fried catfish daily on their dinner menu. It comes with hushpuppies and a choice of two sides.
    Photo courtesy of The Wooden Spoon

  • Jojo's Catfish Wharf

    Jojo's Catfish Wharf
    Mountain View

    All the catfish served at Jojo's Catfish Wharf in Mountain View is U.S farm-raised. Fried catfish dinners come with fries or a baked potato and coleslaw, hushpuppies, beans, green tomato relish and house-made tartar sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Jojo's Catfish Wharf / Facebook

  • Eat My Catfish

    Eat My Catfish
    Little Rock & Benton

    When you eat at Eat My Catfish, you know you’re getting fresh, never frozen, U.S. farm-raised catfish. Get it with two sides and hushpuppies, or as a combo with hand-breaded and fried shrimp.
    Photo courtesy of Eat My Catfish

  • Catfish Hole

    Catfish Hole
    Alma & Fayetteville

    Catfish lovers can choose from two options at the Catfish Hole, catfish steaks and fried catfish fillets. Both come with fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, pickles, onions, lemons and a green tomato relish.
    Photo courtesy of prettyemmy / Flickr

  • Catfish Island

    Catfish Island

    Family owned Catfish Island in Caldwell serves up perfectly cooked catfish, crispy and never greasy. Sides like hushpuppies and coleslaw earn rave reviews.
    Photo courtesy of Catfish Island / Facebook

  • Fred's Fish House

    Fred's Fish House
    Mountain Home

    Farm-raised catfish dinners are a house specialty at Fred's Fish House in Mountain Home. Sizes range from three pieces to all-you-can-eat. Get it regular or Cajun-style, served with hushpuppies, slaw and a choice of potato.
    Photo courtesy of Fred's Fish House / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fried Catfish in Arkansas are as follows:

  1. Dondie's White River Princess - Des Arc
  2. Jason's Catfish Buffet - Jonesboro
  3. Brown's Catfish - Russellville
  4. Catfish N - Dardanelle
  5. The Wooden Spoon - Gentry
  6. Jojo's Catfish Wharf - Mountain View
  7. Eat My Catfish - Little Rock & Benton
  8. Catfish Hole - Alma & Fayetteville
  9. Catfish Island - Caldwell
  10. Fred's Fish House - Mountain Home

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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