When I ordered the fried catfish, one of the most expensive items on the menu at $10.99, the waitress apologized, saying they didn’t have the usual whole fish — only fillets. I stuck with my order, and I’m glad I did. Fillet or not, the catfish is terrific. Delivered steaming-hot, directly from the fryer, the fish was coated in a light batter that formed a crunchy, delightfully irregular exterior. The meal was served with a salad, two sides and a massive slab of cornbread.
Everything at Vittles is old-fashioned, from the menu to the service to the prices. It’s the kind of restaurant often said to be disappearing from the Southeast. Yet, it’s strikingly similar to many of the celebrated restaurants found on Buford Highway, in Duluth, or elsewhere around Atlanta. For those who love culturally authentic food that doesn’t cost a lot, Vittles is worth a visit.