Delicious: Southern Food

What makes the cooking different at Catfish Connection are the spices, which they mix into the cornmeal before frying the fish.
Fried Shrimp Basket.
Shrimp Basket. Photo by Lori Bandi.
Catfish sandwich. Photo by Lori Bandi.

Al Lewis brought his Louisiana know-how to the Catfish Connection, where he works as a partner of Oak Cliff born-and-bred owner Clarence Jackson, who also owns Lil Cajun restaurant. The Catfish Connection offers a mostly take-out menu that stays true to its namesake. What makes the cooking different are the spices, which they mix into the cornmeal before frying the fish. “What everyone loves is the spicy fish,” Lewis says. Customers can ask for non-spicy catfish if it’s too hot to handle. Created in 2008, the restaurant has developed a loyal following of customers, some of whom eat there every week. “Just like a baby, we’re watching the business grow,” Lewis says. Jackson and Lewis also provide catering with The Lab Food Truck, named after the food experiments that turn out tasty Cajun food.

Catfish Connection

2464 W. Kiest, 214.337.7101

Ambiance: Take-out

Price range: $4-$10

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed sunday and monday

Did you know? A $5 lunch special gets you six catfish strips and fries.


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Hattie’s chicken and waffles. Photo by Can Türkyilmaz.

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