Southern Living has long published annual “Best of the South” lists, notably of barbecue places (which we’ll visit in depth), small towns, best cities, best beach towns, and, for the first time this year, the Best Catfish Restaurants. You can see the article here.
When I was in the Justice Department, I did a lot of voting rights work in Mississippi. I traveled all over the state, and ate a lot of catfish when I wasn’t eating hot tamales (see here), steak, or red beans and rice. That was especially when I was in the Delta, where I spent most of my time, and where most of the catfish in the US were raised. There were a lot of good places to get good catfish, but they run together now. I don’t have a lot to say about the list. The only place I recall trying was Taylor Grocery outside of Oxford, Mississippi, and that was some decades ago. I do remember that Taylor Grocery was very good, and I recommend it for anyone visiting Oxford — and I recommend that you visit Oxford — along with Southern Craft Stove and Tap, Bouré, and Lindsey’s Chevron Station.
What I really want, though, is help in identifying more great catfish places (and verifying the quality of those on the Southern Living list). I hope I’ll be able to build a more authoritative list to help you in your travels. Just post something in the comments.
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