Catfish Fridays

Southern/Soul
$$$$ ($14 and under)
The house specialty is (what else?) fried catfish.
Thu 11 am-7 pm
Fri 11 am-9 pm
Sat 11 am -8 pm
Sun 11 am-6 pm
(NE Washington)
202-526-2411
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Editorial Review

Expect a long line at the bright, inviting walk-up window of Catfish Fridays in Edgewood, where the specialty is, of course, catfish ($8.95 with choice of two sides). "Most of my customers go out of their way to come here -- from Baltimore, from McLean," says Cris Dinwiddie, who opened for business two years ago. "I'm amazed at the clientele I get."

This little place knows how to delicately bread and cook a fish. "It's the way they fry it. It's crispy and not soggy," Alexandria resident Leigh Washington says as she waits her turn. Of the side dishes ($2.50 for eight ounces), we liked the perfectly cheesy macaroni and cheese and the mild and creamy potato salad.

--Walter Nicholls (October 10, 2007)