2324 13th Street
St. Cloud, Florida 34769
St. Cloud is on US-192 just east of the Florida Turnpike. It has not been turned completely into the fast food megatropolis that its neighbor Kissimmee has become due to the arrival of Walt Disney World and the other major theme parks.
St Cloud still has a bit of a country feel, and The Catfish Place fits right into that feeling.
I've been visiting The Catfish Place since it opened in 1973. You won't be surprised to learn that this restaurant features seafood, and especially catfish.
Their catfish is reportedly delivered fresh daily from Lake Okeechobee to the south. It certainly tastes fresh, and I've never been disappointed in the quality or quantity of their meals.
The interior decor is Florida country. You will see a big tank with fish of all kinds and sizes swimming around.
If you are like me, you hope that one of those big finny guys giving you the fish eye will not become your dinner.
Walls are decorated with murals showing scenes of cattle ranching, hog hunting and other staples of Florida Cracker culture.
The entire impression is of a large friendly family oriented home style restaurant, and that's certainly what The Catfish Place is.
When I find something I like at a restaurant, I get in a rut and usually order it again and again. The Catfish Place is no exception.
Although they have a wonderful selection of Florida Cracker food such as gator, turtle, flounder, shrimp and other delicacies, I always have the "all you can eat boneless" catfish platter with salad, hushpuppies and the vegetable of the day.
My favorite is corn on the cob, but they also quite often have turnip greens.
The catfish is served lightly fried and is in small "finger" size portions. The original and one refill is usually all I can handle, and I'm a big eater where fish are concerned. Big eaters are never disappointed at The Catfish Place.
Beer and wine are available to complement your meal.
The Catfish Place is open 7 days a week from 11am to 8pm.