By Harolyn F. & Scott B.
We love our local food, and today was no exception.
We dined at Catfish Charlie’s which is located in the Office Depot Shopping Center on Louisville Avenue in Monroe. Doug Wood opened the restaurant 7 years ago with the motto “homemade, big and fresh”. Growing up Doug’s grandfather owned Harry’s Seafood and relatives also owned Bend of the River Restaurant so the restaurant has been a family affair for the Woods.
Kim Romero who is the General Manager is a delight and if you are not sure what to eat she can give you so many suggestions you end up wanting a little of everything on the menu.
Unique to their restaurant is the thin & crispy fried catfish and hand cut mozzarella cheese sticks battered and fried.
Did we mention the great homemade desserts such as Ooey Gooey Cake. Need we say more? Yum.
Daily specials include gourmet burgers, all you can eat thin and crispy catfish, 14 oz hand-cut ribeye steak, Catfish D’Arbonne or fish tacos.
The Catfish D’Arbonne comes with one catfish fillet, fried or grilled, on a bed of rice and smothered with a delectable crawfish cream sauce.
The fish tacos are a fried taco shell filled with grilled catfish and a spicy coleslaw. They are served with fries and hushpuppies.
If you are looking for healthier options but just as tasty as any other dishes try the grilled Ahi Tuna or Salmon and grilled vegetables.
Catfish Charlie’s is a restaurant that is spacious, family friendly, and very affordable with meals prepared fresh and served quickly.
The restaurant also has banquet space with accommodations for 100 in large room and 60 in smaller room. They are open for business Monday-Thursday 11am-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday, 11am-3pm. They offer Dine In, Take Out, or Drive Thru service.