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Charlie’s Catfish in Ellisville has been in the Rayner family for almost 40 years. The cement block building with green shutters made a good home for all intents and purposes. On the inside, the walls are covered with hand-painted murals of Mississippi life and lore, including the River, gators and frogs and the scene you see often in these parts: a catfish driving a horse and buggy. Many of the servers have been working at the restaurant for years and know a thing or two when it comes to (Mississippi farm-raised) fried catfish. The menu stays the same throughout the day and offers the same good food like whole catfish (no filets here!), fried or boiled shrimp, stuffed crab, and fried oysters. They also have juicy hamburgers and hamburger steak if for some crazy reason you don’t like fish– we don’t judge exactly, we just look at you sideways.
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