For fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks, there are a select number of restaurants that make the cut when making the Little Rock to Fayetteville pilgrimage. For catfish lovers, there’s just one choice – and it's on the Alma exit.
A few years ago, a modern facility was constructed just north of I-40 for the Catfish Hole in Alma. The new building is certainly something out of the 21st century – with a lot of glass, metal and angles to it. But within you’ll find photos of the Gazzola family, a bevy of quilts and some of the best catfish in the state.
The catfish is the star of the show… crispy, lightly breaded and served family style on a bed of fries. Whatever size order you make, you’ll still be fighting it out with the others at your table over that last fillet.
My Hawaiian chicken was also really good, with a teriyaki-style finish to the flattened breast. Excellent choices, both.
Don’t overlook the appetizers. The fried pickles are piquant and crispy, big slices of dill pickle served with Ranch sauce.
I'm also quite the fan of the succulent grilled stuffed shrimp.
Best bargain for the non-meateaters is to get the dinner salad and fixins - that's a dinner salad, plus all-you-can-eat green tomato relish, hush puppies, cole slaw, onion slices and pickles. Sometimes when it's dang hot, that's all I get and I am happy - and it's all of $6.74, which means I can have tea with it and tip my waitress for $12 and we're both happy.
Planning a trip that direction? Be sure to check out the website and don’t forget that they’re closed on Mondays.