Catfish. A true Southern meal with all the fixings. Want some? Catfish with a slice of onion, homemade tartar sauce, slice of dill pickle, hushpuppies with onion, bowl of white beans and some good cole slaw. Forget it. Florence does not have a good catfish restaurant. We have Newberns and Swamp Johns and they are about a 3 on a scale of 5. But we do not have a good catfish eating establishment.
Swamp Johns has fillets only. No whole catfish to be found there. And they need to learn to make cole slaw too. Hush puppies are too skimpy but the slice of onion is good!. The dining area really needs cleaning from time to time also.
Newberns,… well, they have fillet and whole catfish. Hush puppies are nothing to write home about and it is like eating in a cafeteria. No ambiance whatsoever. The catfish is hit or miss with any kind of consistency. One might be ok, another over cooked. Don’t order a third it might be flopping. And don’t get me started on the Jesus figurines with the eyes that follow you around the dining area. Kind of creepy.
You would think an area with the size of Florence would have a quality catfish restaurant. We have good rib and bbq places. Good sandwich shops. A good pizza and wing place at the marina. Is it too much to ask for a good catfish place? And please don’t confuse a great catfish restaurant with a seafood restaurant. Catfish isn’t seafood. It is river food or pond food. Preferably pond food. Okay, no river fish just pond fish. But you get my point,… I have never understood why catfish is on a seafood buffet.