For the past 75+ years a little restaurant located about 40 miles NW of New Orleans has been serving Creole, Cajun and Southern food to locals and travelers alike. Middendorf’s is as much a part of Louisiana family tradition as is Red Beans and Rice for lunch on Monday, tailgating on Saturday before the LSU Football game, beignets and cafe au lait on Sundays at the Morning Call or even the Christmas Eve bonfires. Mention Middendorf’s and someone will share their personal family story about the place.
The Restaurant originally opened in 1934 during the great depression. It was passed down through two generations of family. After Hurricane Katrina the restaurant was sold to Chef Horst Pfeifer who lost his 5 star New Orleans restaurant to the winds of the hurricane and the subsequent looting. He and his wife have preserved the traditional menu. The food is as good today as it has ever been!
Middendorf’s Restaurant is best known for it’s “thin fried catfish”. Southern Living magazine has declared, “Possibly the best fried fish in the world”. I would have to agree!! The catfish is clean and fresh not muddy. The extra fine cornmeal breading is light and crispy. The taste is slightly sweet with the perfect blend of spices. The flavor is out of this world…Ca c’est bon!