Louisiana: Fried Catfish

Restaurant: Jonathan’s Fish & Chips null
City: Menlo Park, California

I met up with a friend that works at Menlo Park for a quick dinner. From the name, I thought it was a British restaurant. However, it’s not… It’s Cajun! Wikipedia has an explaination of Cajun cuisine:

Cajun cuisine (French: Cuisine cadienne). This style of cooking is named for the French-speaking Acadian deported by the British from Acadia in Canada to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, USA. It is what could be called a rustic cuisine; locally available ingredients predominate and preparation is simple.

We ordered fried catfish  with a basket of fries. The catfish came with tartar sauce and packets of mustard. Had we known the fried catfish was on a bed of fries, we wouldn’t have ordered a basket of fries! There was also ketchup and hot sauce on the table.

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Like I mentioned before, catfish eaten plain is bland…gotta eat with some sauce! I ate my fried catfish with a mix of ketchup and hot sauce. YUM.

Here’s some info about catfish, from Deep South Dish:

Fried catfish is a common dinner during Lent, but we southerners love it anytime, really. There are catfish houses everywhere down south, where catfish is often all you can eat, coleslaw, hush puppies, and homemade buttermilk biscuits with jelly or honey are served family style, and sweet tea comes most often in Mason jars or even icy tin cups, alongside local favorites like fried dill pickles, turnip greens, fried okra, squash casserole, and fried green tomatoes.

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