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Where To Order Catfish In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
If you follow me on Instagram, this is probably already clear to you, but I’m a diehard, devoted, dedicated Nashville Preds fan, and while we’re in the middle of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s tough to think about anything else.
Still, I do my best to take breaks to focus on my family, my clients, Nashville real estate and food. If any of those happen to coincide with Preds support — taking my fiancé to home games, or being superstitious and scouring the city for the best catfish — so much the better.
With me on the catfish front? Below, just a few of my favorite Nashville catfish options. If you have your own to share, please do — I’d love to add to my list.
Where to order catfish in Nashville
If you’re downtown at Bridgestone Arena for a Predators game and need some tried-and-true, nearby catfish, Acme Feed & Seed is a can’t-miss option in a great location, and beautiful, historic building. The restaurant/venue’s Farmer’s Fresh Catfish is simple and satisfying, with fries, hush puppies and slaw on the side. (101 Broadway)
My No. 1 meat-and-three spot has long been Arnold’s, and many longtime Nashvillians join me in that assessment — their classic Southern comfort food is pitch perfect, every time. So naturally, their fried catfish is top-notch, served for lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with up to four sides (all of them extra good too). (605 8th Ave. S.)
When I’m showing homes in Donelson, Uncle Bud’s calls to me — especially when I’m inclined to go all out, since all their meals come with “all you want” fixins, like fries and hush puppies. Catfish is their specialty, and they’re especially good at it, offering both fillets and whole catfish (along with frog legs, gator tail and lots of other options). Haven’t eaten in a week? Swing by for a Fish Fry Tuesday, which includes all-you-can-eat catfish for under $12. (2719 Old Lebanon Rd.)
Catfish is a humble fish, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be incorporated into upscale cuisine, as the talented kitchen staff at Germantown restaurant City House proves. Led by James Beard Award-winning chef Tandy Wilson, they’ve been dishing up catfish with a cornmeal crust, alongside sour grits and roasted ramps with lemon. Like our Preds, it’s a powerhouse that a lot of people might not have (but should’ve) seen coming. (1222 4th Ave. N.)
Edley’s is seen primarily as a barbecue place (understandably, it being in the name and all), but they do surprisingly amazing things with a lot of other proteins, like their otherworldly smoked turkey. The restaurant's catfish tacos (pictured above) are another excellent, non-Q option, served with pico, cheese and slaw and alongside some of the best house-made sides at any barbecue place in Nashville. (The fried okra, when it’s in season, is Southern-food perfection.) Since they have multiple locations, it isn’t hard to work a stop into your day, either. (908 Main Street in East Nashville, 2706 12 Ave. S. in 12 South and 4500 Murphy Rd. in Sylvan Park)
Another Nashville soul-food favorite: Big Al, in Germantown, who excels at classics like shrimp and grits and meatloaf and also brings in creative twists, like jalapeño-orange marmalade chicken. His fried catfish (served Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays) easily lives up to his hilarious tagline: “Food so good you’ll slap yo mamma.” (1828 4th Ave. N.)
This’ll seem like sacrilege to their hardcore fans, but I have to admit that Bolton’s hot chicken isn’t my favorite of the Nashville mix. Their hot fish (pictured up at the top), however, might be the best in the city — simple, crispy, spicy and delicious. They have a few fish options on the menu — whiting, grouper and tilapia included — but I’m partial to the catfish, and I seem to be in good company there. (Two locations, in East Nashville at and in south Nashville at 2309 Franklin Pike.)
Hope some of these help conquer your catfish needs while you’re wandering around Nashville. And please, feel encouraged to drop by the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page if there are other catfish options you think I should try.
Are you less in the market for lunch, more in the market for a new Nashville home? Let me know if I can help: Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and tell me about your wish list.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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