Aunt Catfish’s Restaurant, Port Orange, Florida

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Port Orange, Florida is a few kilometres south of Daytona Beach on the I95. Aunt Catfish’s is on the Halifax River at the foot of the Port Orange bridge which crosses the river to Daytona Beach Shores. The Halifax River is the body of water that separates the long, sandy peninsula that contains Daytona Beach from the mainland. It eventually flows into the Atlantic a few klicks further south near Ponce Inlet. The river is a slow-moving affair that alternates between fresh and salt water according to the tides.

I ate at Aunt Catfish’s on my first trip to Bike Week in Daytona. If you love seafood like I do, this is the place to sample all sorts of things you can’t normally get: flounder, shark, catfish. You will also find lots of Southern specialties like “Georgia ice cream” (a blend of hot corn grits and grated cheese).

When we pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a dock behind the restaurant with a local fishing boat unloading. You can’t get much fresher than that.

www.auntcatfishontheriver.com