In Lebanon, Missouri, Dowd’s Catfish & BBQ serves up fried Mississippi catfish that is well worth the drive, no matter where you reside.
The catfish platters come with either hand-breaded and deep-fried, broiled or blackened catfish fillets or whole catfish, plus hush puppies and a trio of sides – think baked potato salad, barbecue beans, cheesy corn, fried okra and red beans and rice.
The restaurant’s barbecue menu, meanwhile, is a house favorite. We’re talking tender pork ribs dry-rubbed with a secret-recipe spice blend and served with mild or spicy sauce on the side, while surprises on the menu include a hickory-smoked brisket Philly sandwich with chopped house-smoked brisket, diced peppers, grilled onions and Cheddar cheese served on New Orleans-style French bread from Gambino’s Bakery.
If you’re looking for a dish to share with the table, try the nachos loaded with smoked chicken or pork, shredded Colby-Jack, jalapeños and barbecue beans, drizzled with white cheese dip and served with salsa and sour cream.
A Southern-style meal isn’t complete without something sweet, and at Dowd’s, an enticing medley of cakes, pies and ice creams await. We suggest the peach cobbler à la mode to cap off your dinner.
The homestyle fare is served with a slice of Southern hospitality, and a wall mural depicting a sunny day on the Mississippi Delta acts as a backdrop to the dining experience here.
Reservations are recommended, especially on Friday and Saturday night and for Sunday lunch. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, Dowd’s will even host an on-site fish fry for the party.
Dowd’s Catfish & BBQ, 1760 W. Elm St., Lebanon, Missouri, 417.532.1777, dowdscatfishandbbq.com