Ellis Seafood (211 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson) has two locations in Jackson; I finally drove by this one enough times and had to stop in (the other one is at 1041 Ellis Ave). They offer many sizes and types of meals and combos, all of which seem like a good deal. The meals come with two sides (the default is fries and salad but you can sub fried rice or hushpuppies), a drink, and, of course, white bread. I got a three-piece catfish meal for $4.99, which was plenty of food.
I’m not sure I have lived here long enough to be able to tell the difference between good and mediocre catfish, but I can say that I certainly liked this catfish. It was flaky and quite thick in the middle, with thin breading that was only lightly seasoned but not bland. The sides were less exciting, but the fries, though frozen, were nicely fried.
A normal person probably would have stopped ordering after one meal, but I saw that they also had boiled crawfish so I had to order a pound (for $3.99).
The caveat, again, is that I am no crawfish connoisseur; this was only my second time eating it. I loved it again, though I remember T’Beaux’s boil as being much more flavorful. At Ellis, they have a choice between mild and spicy, and the cashier convinced me to go with mild. I won’t deny it had a little spice, but I needed more — next time I’ll get spicy.
That’s a whole lot of good food for under $10. There was plenty more on the menu that I want to try (shrimp, oysters, and fried okra to name three), so I’ll be back. They only accept cash, and are open Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.