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X1

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Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 5:16 PM (permalink)
In a year-long "discussion" with a non-Roadfooder, I've been told that there is really good, Wisconsin-caught Catfish to be found in Milwaukee and/or Wisconsin.

I disagree for two reasons -

1. I've had Catfish in Louisiana and Tennessee
2. I've had Catfish once here in Milwaukee - at Barnacle Bud's - and it was terrible.

So, in the interest of giving him a fair shot - can any of the WI Roadfood crew chime in and let me know a good place in Milwaukee and/or somewhere else in WI that had good Catfish?

Thanks.


 
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    MilwFoodlovers

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    Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 6:46 PM (permalink)
    X1


    .........can any of the WI Roadfood crew chime in and let me know a good place in Milwaukee and/or somewhere else in WI that had good Catfish?

    Thanks.

    Perkins Family Restaurant
     
    Crawdaddy's
     
    Maxie's Southern Comfort
     
    Bayou
     
    That's Amore (Wednesdays)
     
    Club Timbuktu
     
    Singha Thai (probably not what you're looking for though)
     
     

     
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      X1

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      Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 6:55 PM (permalink)
      MilwFoodlovers


      X1


      .........can any of the WI Roadfood crew chime in and let me know a good place in Milwaukee and/or somewhere else in WI that had good Catfish?

      Thanks.

      Perkins Family Restaurant
       
      Crawdaddy's
       
      Maxie's Southern Comfort
       
      Bayou
       
      That's Amore (Wednesdays)
       
      Club Timbuktu
       
      Singha Thai (probably not what you're looking for though)
       
       



      Now Mike - I could have looked up places that served Catfish on my own.
      I want PERSONAL opinions. I daresay you haven't been to Perkins for Catfish. I mean - PERKINS?! I can't believe you even suggested it. ROFL

      Also - do any off those places serve WISCONSIN-CAUGHT Catfish? As this is the whole crux of the biscuit between him and I.


       
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        MilwFoodlovers

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        Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 7:59 PM (permalink)
        Perkins is a soul food restaurant at 2001 W. Atkinson Ave. that I have been to. I think a Saturday visit should be our future. It's hard for me to not order the smothered pork chops if they have them the day we go.
         
        I can't imagine anyone prefering Wisconsin (or Illinois, Minnesota or Michigan) catfish to Arkansas or Mississippi farm raised corn-fed catfish. River cats have a muddy taste that I never acquired but some old timers feel strongly that that is the better taste. No thanks. Give me corn fed beef and corn fed catfish anytime.
         
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          X1

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          Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 8:07 PM (permalink)
          MilwFoodlovers


          Perkins is a soul food restaurant at 2001 W. Atkinson Ave. that I have been to. I think a Saturday visit should be our future. It's hard for me to not order the smothered pork chops if they have them the day we go.
           
          I can't imagine anyone prefering Wisconsin (or Illinois, Minnesota or Michigan) catfish to Arkansas or Mississippi farm raised corn-fed catfish. River cats have a muddy taste that I never acquired but some old timers feel strongly that that is the better taste. No thanks. Give me corn fed beef and corn fed catfish anytime.



          Ohhh.....not the chain, then! LOL
          Sure. I'm up for a visit. You know I am.

          Well, I don't know, either. The whole discussion is that Wisconsin has just as good, if not better, Catfish than Louisiana. I disagreed, and got attacked (and am still getting snide comments) for my disagreement.

          So, my quest is to find good WI Catfish, as he claims there are "lots" of places that serve it, but can't actually name any for me. Heh.

           
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            Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 8:18 PM (permalink)
            In Ferryville Wisconsin, just south of De Soto and across the Mississippi River from Lansing Iowa, a fella makes real Wisconsin catfish jerky. It may be the best jerky I ever had. If you weren't told it was catfish, you'd have guessed it was terriyaki whole muscle beef jerky. That's the only Wisconsin catfish I enjoy.
            p.s. X1, I'm surprised you'd think I'd eat at a chain.
            Her's Luke Hilgeman and his 41# Lake Wisconsin cat! There's a couple of plates out of that puppy!

             
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              X1

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              Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 8:24 PM (permalink)
              Well, you said "Perkins". How am I to know that there's a place that shares the name of a chain? I WAS surprised you mentioned it, for that very reason!
              Don't confuse me, man. I only have a limited amount of brain cells.

              I'd try Catfish jerky. Sounds good!
              Roadtrip this summer?

               
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                Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Thu, 01/15/09 10:49 PM (permalink)
                lol i would pay good money to see MFL eat at Perkins of the huge muffin fame.

                Maxie's, baby. Maxie's. Everything there is good. I do not know where they caught the fish they serve, as I had the BBQ'd Tofu. It was awesome, as were the crawfish appetizers & remoulade.

                I am not sure it would compare to Louisiana fish & mudbugs, but it's worth a shot. They have an upstairs & a bar.
                 
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                  Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Fri, 01/16/09 6:24 AM (permalink)
                  stricken_detective


                  lol i would pay good money to see MFL eat at Perkins of the huge muffin fame.

                  Maxie's, baby. Maxie's. Everything there is good. I do not know where they caught the fish they serve, as I had the BBQ'd Tofu. It was awesome, as were the crawfish appetizers & remoulade.

                  I am not sure it would compare to Louisiana fish & mudbugs, but it's worth a shot. They have an upstairs & a bar.




                  I've been to Maxie's a few times. It's OK - there are a couple things I like, but nothing I love. The MFLs are not fond of it at all. I think ChuckL50 thought it was OK, as well.
                  I think they're pricing is a bit steep, as well.
                  If I want far more authentic Southern/Louisiana food, it's Crawdaddy's all the way.

                  Next time I go to either of these places, I'll have to ask if the Catfish is local.

                   
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                    Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Fri, 01/16/09 9:22 AM (permalink)
                    Oh, definately go to Perkins.Its an experience in food. Maybe i will crawl out from under my rock one of these days and join you....
                     
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                      Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Sun, 03/29/09 9:21 PM (permalink)
                      X1, have you talked to the folks at St. Paul Fish Co.? I'm pretty sure (though not positive) that I've seen Wisconsin Catfish for sale at the retail counter. They can (and do) prepare all fish there for on-site eating, so maybe they whip up a good Wisconsin Catfish?
                       
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                        Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Mon, 03/30/09 12:51 AM (permalink)
                        MilwFoodlovers


                        Perkins is a soul food restaurant at 2001 W. Atkinson Ave. that I have been to. I think a Saturday visit should be our future. It's hard for me to not order the smothered pork chops if they have them the day we go.
                         
                        I can't imagine anyone prefering Wisconsin (or Illinois, Minnesota or Michigan) catfish to Arkansas or Mississippi farm raised corn-fed catfish. River cats have a muddy taste that I never acquired but some old timers feel strongly that that is the better taste. No thanks. Give me corn fed beef and corn fed catfish anytime.


                        I generally have to agree on both counts. Mississippi or other southern pond raised catfish is superior to any northern catfish I have tried. If in Wisconsin I tend to think of more local fish-whietfish and walleye and perch that is unique. And I have never found most river raised catfish with its muddier flavor preferable. Until one meal in a totally mediocre motel restaurant in Mississippi chosen because it was the only thing we could find open at three PM for lunch. Everything everone got was typical and average coffee shop food- frozen fries and burgers, lackluster service, etc. Except the special was local catfish and I was urged to try it and it was the best catfish i ever ate! With a flavor and texture missing in the farm raised varieties. Unfortunatley that means I have eaten some truly muddy catfish trying to duplicate that expereince and now mostly stick to the farm raised.
                         
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                          X1

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                          Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Mon, 03/30/09 6:41 AM (permalink)
                          quijote


                          X1, have you talked to the folks at St. Paul Fish Co.? I'm pretty sure (though not positive) that I've seen Wisconsin Catfish for sale at the retail counter. They can (and do) prepare all fish there for on-site eating, so maybe they whip up a good Wisconsin Catfish?



                          I've never heard of this place - it's in Milwaukee? Where?

                          Smokestack Lightning - I've had the "muddy" variety of Catfish several times in Louisiana, and I like it. I'm not saying it's better than farm raised, as each have their good and bad points, but I will definitively say that the Catfish down South is better than up North.

                           
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                            MilwFoodlovers

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                            Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Mon, 03/30/09 6:47 AM (permalink)
                            The St. Paul Fish Company is in the Milwaukee Public Market.
                             
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                              X1

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                              Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Mon, 03/30/09 6:51 AM (permalink)
                              MilwFoodlovers


                              The St. Paul Fish Company is in the Milwaukee Public Market.



                              Ah, that explains it. I've never been in the MPM.
                              Thanks, FL!

                               
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                                Re:Catfish in Milwaukee? Mon, 03/30/09 9:37 AM (permalink)
                                X1


                                MilwFoodlovers


                                The St. Paul Fish Company is in the Milwaukee Public Market.



                                Ah, that explains it. I've never been in the MPM.
                                Thanks, FL!

                                 
                                Just in case you want to call first, their phone number is 414-220-8383. It's worth going there anyway--they have a great oyster bar. The market in general is interesting and worth visiting.


                                 
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