3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Travel Post:  In asking for restaurant recommendations in the Daytona Beach area, Aunt Catfish’s was mentioned a few times.  When we arrived, the wait was long, which usually a good sign.  Located on the shore of the Halifax River, which is basically a thin strip of land away from the ocean, we not only were here because of the recommendations, but we had also booked a boat tour a couple of days later and wanted to check it out.  We’re glad we did.  It’s a hoppin’ place.

What brings the people in?  Good southern, seafood cooking, with a large menu to fill in any gaps.  All kinds of seafood, including, yes, catfish.  Their famous cinnamon rolls melt in your mouth.  With most orders you get hush puppies one of those incredible cinnamon rolls.  You might think a burger would get forgotten here.  Not a chance.  They’ve got a few burgers on the lunch menu and a couple of those on the dinner menu, which includes a Gator Burger.  I thought about it, but couldn’t bring myself to get one.  I picked their Big River Burger.  A 1/2 pound, fresh hand pattied Angus beef patty from the local, Gaff’s Quality Meat Market.  This is pretty much a plain burger, so I added American cheese, caramelized onions, pickles and campfire sauce.  They use a toasted kaiser roll, which is just a little different from the norm.

The beef patty is thick and very juicy.  They threw on two slices of cheese.  The caramelized onions did their thing.  The campfire sauce was pretty darn good.  The toasted Kaiser roll was a little over toasted.  I would come back for this burger and a few other fresh seafood items.  It was Daytona 500 weekend and Mike Joy was in the restaurant.  He is the Fox Sports lap by lap voice of NASCAR.  He is fantastic to listen to. .

If you are ever in Daytona Beach, I’d make this one of your stops.  I loved Aunt Catfish’s!

Fries – Good.

Catfish – Very good!

Cinnamon Rolls – Fantastic!

Key Lime Pie – Delicious!

Hush Puppies – Very good!