2396 Highway 470
Lake Panasoffkee, Florida 33538
Johnny's is a modern restaurant in the settlement of Lake Panasoffkee.
As implied by the name, catfish is served in this restaurant along with a
lot of other delicious items. The restaurant is on the main highway
through town, and serves mainly locals and occasional travelers from
The day I
visited, the customers were about evenly divided between real cowboys
and fishermen along with their female counterparts. Sumter County is
known not only for it's great fishing, but for its substantial cattle
Catfish Johnnys in Lake Panasoffkee
plenty of seating inside the rustic dining rooms. A few mounted fish
and a gator skull decorate the walls. You do not have to get dressed up
to enjoy dining at Catfish Johnny's. I had a platter of fried catfish
fingers, with french fries and cole slaw. With a cup of coffee, my
entire lunch bill was under $10 including a 20% tip. The service was
prompt and friendly, and the food was delicious. Although fried, it was
not greasy and the fish was very tender. A very good experience.
on the menu include oysters, frog legs, shrimp, soups and salads, wings,
grouper sandwiches and Alaskan sea perch. For the non-seafood lover,
they also have grilled chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chopped steak
and a 12 ounce grilled Delmonico steak. It would be virtually
impossible to leave this restaurant and still be hungry.