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Type: Bar, Eatery

775 S Front St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-3524
United States

(215) 271-9300 | map

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Added by hhkal17 on 02-05-2012

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I'd never heard of Catahoula until I saw it listed here on beeradvocate - and I've lived in Philadelphia my whole life!

I remember seeing the place as I've gone by, but for some reason I never thought of it as a restaurant/bar. Maybe that's because the sign includes some dogs. (In fact, I do kind of recall thinking that it was some kind of dog salon - but that just makes me stupid!). Anyway, the name does refer to a dog: "The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog or Catahoula Cur is an American dog breed, named after Catahoula Parish, in the state of Louisiana, in the United States. The Catahoula is believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America. The breed is sometimes referred to as the "Catahoula Hound" or "Catahoula Leopard Hound", although it is not a true hound, but a cur". - wikipedia

With that said, you've probably made the connection - they offer cajun and creole based foods (and beers).

The beers first: 4 taps, all good stuff. (I only remember the 21st Amendment IPA and Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat; I think there was something from Abita and I can't remember the 4th at all) There are also bottles but it's not a huge selection, and there was nothing that really stood out. I don't remember seeing Dixie, or Dixie's Blackened Voodoo (which I love), but they're not actually brewed in Louisiana anymore so who cares. So what about other LA beers? Covington (Heiner), Bayou Teche (probably my favorite), Tin Roof, Parish, and NOLA? Well, they're just not available in PA.

The food: I didn't have time to try anything, but I love myself a shrimp or oyster po' boy; and they've got raw and fried oysters as well! There's also a crawfish bisque and an Acadian gumbo, jambalaya (as a side), blackened fish, and BBQ ribs. And here's the best part - they run a crawfish boil on Tuesdays!!! Chooh, now I've got an ahnvee for some bebette and vay-vay!

It's a good looking place and the regulars seem very nice and friendly - kind of like they are in N'awlins. They do brunch/lunch starting at 11 am; and there are two happy hours: 5-7 pm Mon- Fri, and 11 pm - 1 am on Friday and Saturday.

I honestly can't wait to go back, and I was there for the first time less than 48 hours ago! I'm going to stop in after work tonight for a catfish po' boy ($10) and a 21st Amendment IPA ($6)!

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Catahoula in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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