Do you like catfish?  How about salmon, or talapia or just a great salad bar with a separate “fixins” bar?

Well, I have the place for you if you’re visiting in the Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. area.

Aunt Catfish's on the River in Port Orange, Fla
Aunt Catfish’s on the River in Port Orange, Fla

Aunt Catfish’s on the River has mouth-watering, fresh- tasting seafood with  practically all the the sides and “fixins” you could want, or at least in my situation, could eat.  This is one place you need to try when you visit Daytona Beach Area on Florida’s east, central coast.

 

 

Upon entering you'll see a nice seating area with a balcony overhead that is used for special occasions.
Upon entering you’ll see a nice seating area with a balcony overhead that is used for special occasions.

 

If you are the one who doesn’t want to wait to be seated it is best to arrive before 4 p.m. as the crowds start rolling in about that time.  The parking lot across the street fills up quickly but there is a nice overflow area just down the street beside the bay and through a little driveway.  There is a nice waiting area outside by the river or you can stroll the dock and check out the gigantic catfish.

River, or bay, view of Aunt Catfish's restaurant.

River, or bay, view of Aunt Catfish’s restaurant.

 

 

The menu has many options, including the early bird specials.  You can choose to add the salad bar that has a fantastic three-potato salad, or you can choose the fixins bar too that has some of the best baked beans and cole slaw I’ve ever had.

Side view of the salad bar entrance.
Side view of the salad bar entrance.

I personally like the talapia, salmon or blackend or fried catfish and shrimp. I need to eat there more often to sample the rest of the menu, although it is about an hour-and-a-half drive for me.

Guess what, you don’t even need to order dessert, as if you had room for it.  You automatically receive a mouth-watering cinnamon bun on your plate that you just stare at while eating the main course.  If you have eaten Krispy Kreme “hot now” glazed donuts then you can relate to the taste of these buns.

The "fixins" bar has very tastful sides such as baked beans, cheese grits, cole slaw , stewed apples and the like.
The “fixins” bar has very tastful sides such as baked beans, cheese grits, cole slaw , stewed apples and other side items.

The atmosphere if family oriented and the servers introduce themselves as “cousin.”

Get it?  Aunt Catfish and the servers are cousins?

The restaurant is family owned and operated.  They treat you like family too.

Cousin Cody was our server for this day’s adventure.  He was cordial, friendly and helpful.

 

 

Nicely arrayed remembrances of Aunt Catfish's experience.
Nicely arrayed remembrances of Aunt Catfish’s experience.

 

 

 

Aunt Catfish’s on the River took over the site from a local Dave’s Dock at the Port Orange Bridge, around 1938.

For many years this was a favorite spot for fishermen.  A boat could be rented and the best live bait could be purchased.  Fishing tackle and river information was always readily available.

In 1940 the first road and beach automobile race course was established not far from this location.  Of course I’m sure you know about the current day NASCAR race events in Daytona.

 

While there, you can also take a nice ride through the Daytona Beach Shores coastal community.  Driving north you’ll encounter the infamous Daytona Beach which is know for beach, surf, surf shops, hotels and condominiums, NASCAR racing and so much more.

And … you’re less than two hours from Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

More information about Aunt Catfish’s, including more of the history and a menu, link to http://auntcatfishontheriver.com.  I would like to know if you get a chance to eat there and hear of YOUR experience.

 

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