It can sometimes be a challenge to find satisfactory restaurants in Little Rock that are open on Sundays. Fortunately, there’s Soul Fish, right downtown on Main Street. Emphasis at this eatery is “bonafide Southern,” with a further emphasis on seafood. (See menu below).
We started with the smoked catfish dip, something I’ve never encountered, and I’m sorry about that, because it was delicious. Smokey, salty, creamy, accompanied by tortilla chips which I would bet are made in house. A light fry, crispy without being jaw jarring, light salt. The perfect go-with.
I went for the fried catfish basket, there are three choices for the size of serving, I went for the small one, since I was on the road, didn’t want to have leftovers.
The fry breading on the fish is exceptional. Cornmeal based, with a hint of one of the Creole seasonings (my palate isn’t sophisticated enough to tell them apart – could be Tony Chachere’s, Zatarains, Old Bay, or a concoction dreamed up in-house. In any case, it’s really tasty.
There’s a wide choice of sides with baskets and plates, I chose natural cut fries, and slaw and hush puppies were included. The slaw was excellent, rough chopped cabbage with a dressing that is creamy, sweet and tart at the same time. Other sides? Cucumber Salad • Black Beans • Corn • Cajun Cabbage • White Beans • Baked Sweet Potato • Fried Okra • Coleslaw • Black Eyed Peas • Mashed Potatoes • Green Beans • Sweet Potato Fries • Broccoli • Mac N Cheese • Zucchini • Collard Greens • Pickled Green Tomatoes.
My dining companion was my daughter and after a major assist of plowing thru the dip, she opted for the Caesar salad with blackened shrimp added. Also delicious. Very fresh greens and the shrimp were cooked exactly right.
Children’s menu, desserts, beer and wine available. I’d return. You should go. Appetizer, two entrees, two beverages, tip, $40.
Open daily at 11A. Soul Fish has four locations; in addition to Little Rock, find three locations in greater Memphis.
Soul Fish Review