After last week's news that Middendorf's had been severely flooded by the storm surge from Hurricane Ike, some of its devotees could be heard to despair that they would never again taste the ultra-thin fried catfish like the example above that made the landmark seafood restaurant famous.
But in a recovery process that will be familiar to countless locals, the owners have had some time to assess and are now confident the restaurant will live to fry another day. Here's the latest report from Karen Pfeifer, who along with her husband Horst has owned Middendorf's since 2007:
"We had a big cleaning weekend, almost 40 volunteers on a last minute notice, and are on our way to a comeback. We will be reopening the brown building first, sometime in October. We have lots more work to do on the original building and will update everyone as we determine the path."
Founded in 1934, Middendorf's grew to two separate dining rooms and this spring the Pfeifers added a beautiful covered deck right on Pass Manchac. The deck apparently fared pretty well through the inundation. So some day soon, perhaps even as soon as October if the rebuilding schedule stays on track, we could be making the trek to Manchac again for this incomparable catfish.
- Ian McNulty