Middendorf’s Restaurant

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Middendorf’s Restaurant

Photo credit: Cindy Makofsky

     Fresh seafood accented by a waterfront view is the best way to describe the dining experience at Middendorf’s Restaurant. Opened in 1934, this family restaurant has been a staple in Manchac for nearly 78 years. After Louis Middendorf lost his job in the 1929 stock market crash, he and his wife moved to live with her family in Manchac, LA. With a minimal amount of cash and a small loan, they opened a café in its current day location. When the interstate highways opened, business began booming. A mere thirty minutes outside of New Orleans, people from all over seemed to find their way to this thin-fried catfish capital of the south.


     Fast forward to present day and this restaurant is still providing the homemade personal recipes of Louis’s wife. Delicious fried shrimp, onion rings, catfish fresh from the boats, and oysters shucked moments before they hit the plates are just some of the items found on Middendorf’s menu. Prices per meal range from $7 for a sandwich to $19 for a seafood platter. Their famous thin fried catfish platter is available for $14.50 and includes French fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. Any meal that serves up a side of slaw and hush puppies is sure to bring a smile to a true Southerner’s face.


     The restaurant itself is divided into two sections. The street level section is the notably older portion, while upstairs is the newer, recently renovated area. The ambiance within the upstairs side is topped off by a large tree in the center of the room accompanied by windows near every table. The owners have turned this indoor air conditioned dining room, which is a necessity in this part of the South, into a feeling of eating al fresco.

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     Situated between Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain, Middendorf’s is the perfect meeting place to dock the boat and enjoy a hot meal along with a few specialty drinks from the always crowded patio bar. Featuring a recently completed deck along with sandy play zone, adults and children alike are sure to be occupied for hours on end. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 9pm, the restaurant becomes fairly crowded on weekends at the peak noon hour. This is the time when boaters seek refuge from the unrelenting sun for some good eats and cold beverages.

     With a deeply rooted local history, at Middendorf’s it’s good to know that some things never change. After 78 years, the service is still provided with a smile and the food is the most mouthwatering decadence served on the lake.

     Middendorf’s is located at 30160 Hwy 51 S., Akers, LA 70421. Phone : (985) 386-6666.

     *Tip: Don’t miss tasting their thin fried catfish platter. The fish and batter combo literally melts in your mouth.

 

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