Jo Jo’s Catfish Wharf Serves Up Southern Goodness With an Excellent View

“Are we supposed to be able to eat all of those hushpuppies?” my husband Mike asked. The waitress at Jo Jo’s Catfish Wharf in Mountain View had just placed a huge basket full of these hot, fried cornmeal delights on our table as a precursor to our meals. You know you love it when food you weren’t expecting shows up at the table. We, along with our two boys, started into them to give emptying the basket our best shot. I mean, waste not want not, right?

Then our meals arrived. Two kids meals – popcorn shrimp and chicken strips, both with fries. My husband had the seven-piece catfish dinner. I had the three piece. Both dinners came with fries or baked potatoes, cole slaw, brown beans, and tomato relish. I also had a side of fried okra, which is something I cannot resist ordering when I see it on the menu – that and chocolate lava cake, but that’s another story.

To say we were stuffed is putting it mildly. It was a classic Southern fried meal, which you must have every now and then. The specialty of the house may be the catfish filets, but you’ll find a variety of items on the menu, including shrimp, steaks, chicken, burgers, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. There’s also a large salad bar set out in an old johnboat.

Other pluses – the wait staff gave great service. And, the entire back side of the restaurant is windows, providing a panoramic view of the scenic White River.

It’s a great place to stop in after fishing on the river, taking an underground tour at Blanchard’s Springs Caverns, maneuvering the treetop adventure courses at Loco Ropes, spending a day at Ozark Folk Center State Park or listening to music or shopping on the town square. Jo Jo’s is located adjacent to Jack’s Fishing Resort about six miles north of Mountain View on Ark. 5.

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