You’ll feel right at home at Aunt Catfish’s on the River in Port Orange. At this seafood joint, cheerful servers are called “cousins,” drinks are served in old-fashioned canning jars, and the menu boasts southern specialties that would make your mama blush with pride. Succulent-beer battered shrimp, tender meatloaf with mushroom gravy, and savory fish chowder are just some of the stand-outs from this star-studded line-up. Opt for the salad bar add-on to partake in the crisp, refreshing greens and toppings. Plus, you’ll also get access to the “Fish Camp Fixin’s” bar which boasts baked beans, cornbread, cinnamon stewed apples, and more. And the pièce de résistance? Almost every entrée is accompanied by an Aunt Catfish signature cinnamon roll. These decadent morsels are so popular that the restaurant sells over 1500 each day.
Your dinner also comes with a view. Perched on the edge of the Halifax River, Aunt Catfish’s woos diners with its scenic water vistas. You can request a table by the window for a close-up view, but honestly, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Take time before or after your meal to meander down the dock for a photo op with the giant faux catfish. A small playground keeps the kids busy while you wait for a table at this Port Orange favorite.
A favorite indeed, especially on Sunday mornings. Served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the “Blue Jeans Brunch” lures in locals and visitors with its buffet-style offerings. Queue up for homemade pancakes with an assortment of flavors and toppings, made-to-order omelets, seafood and more. A chocolate fondue fountain elevates this from standard brunch fare to a diner’s delight. Get there before 10 a.m. to score the special “early bird” pricing.
Whether you’re wanting a smorgasbord breakfast buffet or just a heaping plate of southern seafood goodness, you’ll find it at Aunt Catfish’s in Port Orange—where good food runs in the family.
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