Catfish Parlour is definitively one of the icons of Austin since 1973. They have a fantastic lunch option that it is hard to beat. Every weekday, there is a different offering of veggies and sides (which are posted on their web site) that you choose from and self-serve. Even though, this may be plenty to eat for some people due to the amount of options, you complement your plate with three sizes available of catfish plates or popcorn shrimp. I personally have always ordered the small plate which includes three fried catfish fillets which they can be either spicy, natural or a mix of them. The cost of my lunch (small catfish plate and water) was less than $10.
This is one of those lunch places where you can have a balanced meal that includes food from all the major food groups that we should be eating regularly plus some tasty fried add-ons such as fries and incredible hushpuppies. Let’s not forget that they also have a bonus and unique feature which is their tartar sauce which is mixed with jalapenos that you can have for your fish or fries.