Catfish Corner

Written by on January 23, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Columbia City  

How I heard of this place: My friend Tahirih first noted the delicious, southern-fried comfort of the Catfish Corner, and having heard of its success through articles and in online reviews, not to mention the winner for Best Entree at the 2010 29th Annual Bite of Seattle, it was high time I paid this establishment a visit.

Type of cuisine: “Established in 1985, Catfish Corner is fast gaining the recognition as being the best place to experience the wonderful taste of catfish. Catfish Corner has a unique place in the fast food industry. First of all, the food is truly unique, of excellent quality and taste, is extremely inexpensive, and best of all; it’s actually good for you.” Their website goes on to share: “At Corner the fish is prepared with special Creole seasonings, dusted lightly with corn meal and deep fried in 100% vegetable oil to a golden brown color. It comes out crisp on the outside and sweet and moist on the inside. ItÂ’s light fluffy, not heavy and oily like typical prepared fish. The restaurant also features its own Cajun style catfish, with Cajun seasonings, robed in butter and baked to perfection.” Southern comfort meets fast food at the Catfish Corner where patrons enjoy everything from chicken wings and burgers to hush puppies, candied yams, catfish and cornbread. Not to mention sweet tea, peach, and pecan pies!

Ambiance: Casual to the tenth degree, the corner joint has a patio door welcoming customers into the spacious, yet small interior. A walk-up order counter with a friendly face welcomes patrons, as diners are seated at one of the six tables found along the outer perimeter of the establishment. Seating for two or four can be found at the plastic-topped tables, complete with ketchup, Louisiana hot sauce, salt and pepper. Prior to being served our meals, the girl-with-a-smile escapes from behind the counter to bring us our uber-sweet plastic cup of sweet tea ($1.75) on the rocks with quartered lemon chunks floating to about the half-way point. As we awaited the arrival of our fresh-fried and prepared catfish orders, we enjoyed an impromptu, makeshift game of table football with the wrapper from our straw. Our filet bits & chips ($6.50) and the catfish fillet dinner ($11.25), served with beans & rice, a small cornbread muffin and potato salad arrived after the two packages of Smartar Tartar. The generous portions of Southern farm-raised catfish, corn-meal breaded and fried. The peach pie ($3.99), which customers and friends have raved about for over a year was also on the docket…and freshly delivered and heated to end our meal.

What I loved: Of the entire spread, the peach pie wow-ed me the most. My dining companion thoroughly enjoyed the fresh and plentiful selection of catfish. I also greatly appreciated the warm and not-too-sweet cornbread. We both agreed that outside of our mothers’ potato salads, the Catfish Corner served a pretty darn good side!

Why I loved it: It’s a great place to enjoy fried food while watching the football game on television (on which customers can request specific channels), despite the length of the wait. Keep yourself entertained over conversation, a game of table football or by people-watching as more and more enter the space and take food to go.

Cost: Average to high ($6.50 – $11.25 per lunch entree)

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