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Middendorf's

30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA - (985) 386-6666
Catfish is the reason to eat at Middendorf's. There is none this good in New Orleans. It is sold thick or thin. Thick catfish is a meaty cross-section of fish. Thin catfish is sliced into a diaphanous strip that is sharply seasoned, lightly breaded, and quickly fried. Middendorf's is extremely casual, noisy, and fun.
83% Approval Rating (36 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Oysters
Barbecued Shrimp
Thin Catfish Dinner
Fried Softshell Crabs
Crawfish Cakes
Peach Bread Pudding
Shrimp Remoulade
Fried Stuffed Flounder
Barbecued Oysters

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
" Catfish is the reason to eat at Middendorf's. There is none this good in New Orleans; and there are times, when we crunch into a thin catfish filet at a Middendorf's table after a long spell away from Louisiana, that we are willing to say there is none this good ..."   [Read More]
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Jason Stafford
July 18, 2009
"My wife and I have eaten at many great Louisiana restaurants. My wife is a native of the New Orleans area, and I grew up near Baton Rouge. We are both great cooks and love trying new restaurants, and recipes for that matter. Middendorf's Restaurant is by far the ..."   [Read More]
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Vernon Pulliam
December 09, 2008
"Consider this for one tiny minute: People in New Orleans (the creole/seafood capital of the world) drive 45-60 minutes to wait in line for another 30-45 minutes at Middendorf's for seafood and cajun/creole food. Regularly. For years. If not decades. Now, ..."   [Read More]
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Greg Beaupre
February 04, 2008
"As I look at the two reviews here for Middendorf's, I have to start by setting the record straight: the first review, by Michael Stern, represents the vast majority of opinions about this fantastic restaurant. Check around the Internet and you'll see that's true. On ..."   [Read More]
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Bill Kreger
June 08, 2004
"My problem with this place is portion size. I ordered the broiled catfish from the main course selections on the menu and what I got looked more like an appetizer portion. Similarly, my wife chose the thin catfish and while it was indeed crispy and tasty, she had to ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA
(985) 386-6666

http://middendorfsrestaurant.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A close-up of Middendorf's signature dish: fried thin catfish filets. They crunch as much as a potato chip, yet the ribbon of meat inside is moist and succulent.
"A close-up of Middendorf's signature dish: fried thin catfish filets. They crunch as much as a potato chip, yet the ribbon of meat inside is moist and succulent."
Michael Stern





What a way to start a meal: six barbecued oysters on the half shell.
"What a way to start a meal: six barbecued oysters on the half shell."
Michael Stern


Here's another good way to start a meal, or a nice little meal all itself: a line of barbecued shrimp.
"Here's another good way to start a meal, or a nice little meal all itself: a line of barbecued shrimp."
Michael Stern


Louis Middendorf built his place in the midst of the Depression using his World War I veteran's bonus of $500 and a $500 loan from the mayor of New Orleans.
"Louis Middendorf built his place in the midst of the Depression using his World War I veteran's bonus of $500 and a $500 loan from the mayor of New Orleans."
Michael Stern


Nice-size chunks of crawfish make these crusty, hand-pattied cakes a joy to eat.
"Nice-size chunks of crawfish make these crusty, hand-pattied cakes a joy to eat."
Michael Stern


A South Louisiana tradition: shrimp Remoulade. There's a lot of good sauce there ... and a lot of shrimp, too.
"A South Louisiana tradition: shrimp Remoulade. There's a lot of good sauce there ... and a lot of shrimp, too."
Michael Stern


A close view of peach bread pudding shows its sweet striations.
"A close view of peach bread pudding shows its sweet striations."
Michael Stern


This view from the side of Middendorf's shows I-55, which is elevated through the bayous north of I-10.
"This view from the side of Middendorf's shows I-55, which is elevated through the bayous north of I-10."
Michael Stern



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