Catfish with pecans has been a signature dish at the Palace Cafe since it opened on Canal Street over twenty years ago. Two things about it separate it from standard fried catfish. First, of course, are the pecans, crushed into near-crumbs and encrusting the entire fish fillet. But just as important is the sauce, a medium-dark brown Creole meuniere, rich with butter, lemon, and a little reduced stock. This is one of NOMenu’s 500 Best Dishes in New Orleans Restaurants. The entire list is here
Pecan Catfish @ Palace Cafe, French Quarter: 605 Canal. 504-523-1661.