Southern-Style Seafood in Columbus, GA
Let's be honest about our maritime critter friends in the South...they're god**mn delicious. Extra delicious when battered and fried, and best enjoyed when preceded by a piping hot basket of hush puppies. Though there are several installations deeper south than Fort Benning, I'm here to tell you that we're not lacking for Southern-style seafood in these parts. And good seafood at that! I've compiled a list of my low-country faves just for you. Disclaimer: I was not paid to review any of these places...I just really, really like them.
I'm not a local to this area, but true locals will tell you that Rosehill is THE place to go for your seafood fix. Grab a meal to-go on the left entrance where you can purchase fresh or frozen fish. You can also sit down in their dining room, which is hoppin' during lunch. No fancy frills. Just drop-dead-delicious food.
Also listed in our popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant guide, Skipper's is another local highlight. Looking to get your fingers dirty with buttery-shrimp goodness? Have yourself an afternoon on one of the deck tables with a beer and a tray of low-country boil, garlic blue crab or bbq shrimp. The place is family-owned and you feel right at home!
This place specializes in catfish, which is one of my favorite Southern maritime critters. Remember that piping hot basket of hush puppies I mentioned earlier? Yea, this is the place to get them. And, AND the hush puppies are FREE with your meal. Sweet tea. Fried catfish. Hush puppies. Fried pickles. I'm in heaven.
If you're looking for that true low-country boil experience and you're not equipped to do it at home, then Thibodeaux's is where it's at. Share a platter of any combo of your low-country favorites: shrimp, crawfish, potatoes, corn, sausage, onion. Or don't share. I won't judge.
Another hole-in-the-wall favorite of mine, this BBQ and soul food joint makes a killer fried catfish to-order. Place your order cafeteria-style and choose from several delicious side options. You really can't go wrong with any of them. I particularly enjoy the cornbread muffins and a hefty serving of collard greens.
This place boasts a Louisiana-style menu including your favorite Creole options like gumbo and ettoufee. Its eclectic vibe makes it a great place to grab a beer (choose from several Louisiana brews!) and a bite to eat with your friends. Can you say Mardi Gras?
Oh Lawdy is this place good! Another great spot for a low-country boil that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. This place is carry-out only, but that's probably best since you'll be scarfing down this delicious goodness in an embarrassing manner that should not be seen in public. The highlight is the whipped garlic butter. I'm going to seriously advise that you consult a doctor before consuming this crack. If I could've poured it all over my face and slept in it without my husband objecting, I totally would have. Seriously the best thing ever!!
See a local place you love that isn't listed? Let us know in the comments! We're always open to your suggestions!
about the author
Riley is an active duty US Army Captain and the Founder of Right and Up. She’s currently stationed in Washington, DC, with previous assignments at Fort Huachuca, Fort Bliss, Fort Riley and Fort Benning. You can typically find her eating embarrassingly large amounts of food in local restaurants, or exploring her military town with her husband, Sean and her dog, Gus. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!