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David’s Catfish House

On a recent trip to Spanish Fort, Alabama, my husband and I decided to take a break for lunch. I had heard about a popular place called David’s Catfish House. A mom-and-pop start-up that began in Waynesboro, Mississippi, back in 1983. According to their website, David and Sadie Ross started serving food on their famous menu. After 25 years in business, the catfish and cheese grits continue flying out of the kitchen.

In fact, the dish has been named one of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel for two consecutive years. The batters, breading, and mixes are made from scratch daily, and the coleslaw and salads are made from the freshest ingredients available. David’s Catfish proudly serves shrimp, crab claws, and oysters purchased from Alabama’s Seafood Capital, Bayou La Batre.


My husband ordered the shrimp basket with coleslaw, and I ordered the fried catfish with French fries. Both were served with yummy hushpuppies on the side. We found the atmosphere to be warm and cozy. Great for an afternoon date! David’s Catfish is located at 10810 Hwy 31 in Spanish Fort, AL 36527. No reservations are required.

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