Middendorf 's
Located on the shores of Lake Maurepas , around a 35min drive out of New Orleans , Middendorf’s has been a great Louisiana establishment serving world famous thin cut fried catfish for over 75 years. Shrimp, Oysters, Frog Legs, Softshell Crab and of course Catfish. Louis Middendorf moved to Manchac to live with family after losing his job in the 1929 stock market crash. In 1934 all WWI veterans were given a 500 bonus and with another 500 loan co-signed by the New Orleans Mayor he opened the depression era restaurant in 1934. A lot of great items on the menu but for first time eaters, when asked thick or thin, reply thin.

“Quite possibly the best fried fish in the world–yes,
the world.”
Southern Living

“Middendorf’s is a chowhound’s find: an authentic
Depression-era landmark beside Lake Maurepas
offering shrimp remoulade and peach-bread pudding,
as well as fried catfish that can make grown men weep.”
Travel + Leisure Golf