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Carter's Fish Market

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1900 S Grand Ave E, Springfield, IL 62703-2735
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

If you're the type of person who's looking for what the locals eat and love, somewhere off the beaten path that isn't a chain, and that isn't food cooked in a microwave or something you can make at home, Carter's is the place to go. The friendliest people work there, and the fish is amazing.

Thank Joe W
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

XXL portions! If you order fish it comes with fish and bread and tarter and hot sauce. The sides are extra.2 people can eat 1 order of fish. maybe 3 or 4.Yes the to go container is full of fish!I did not get sides this time.The breading seems to be a cornmeal batter with a hint of heat.Not long john... More 

Thank Jeff M
Springfield, IL
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129 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

You would never stop here without knowing how good the fish sandwich is. This is just a little "stand" outside of a fish market. It's not far off I-55/I-72. Just take the South Grand exit and go west less than a mile. If you phone your order in, it will be waiting for you and you won't have to wait... More 

3 Thank Chuckospringpatch
Southern Illinois
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in for some fish on our way home from a short trip. I ordered walleye and my wife ordered catfish. We also each got one side. WE DIDNT EVEN FINISH HALF! Order one fish and two sides to share and that will be plenty for two. There is only one picnic table outside...no other seating. Most people take... More 

9 Thank kstine98
Fishers, Indiana, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

It's good takeout food. They usually have fried catfish or walleye deep fried. They also sell locally caught fresh fish at a amazing price. No place to sit and eat. This is not a very safe area. So would be careful in night

4 Thank Ubaidullah S
Auburn, IL
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Don't let the little wooden take out shack with the line standing in front of it scare you off. This is some of the best fish in Springfield. You will leave with a paper bag full of fish and fries.I think they are still only open in the later part of the week, and when they run out of fish... More 

5 Thank Chris L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Saw Carter's shack and tried it at the urging of people waiting in line. Fish was fried almost greaseless with Cajun style spices. Sweet corn dumplings and fried okra right on the money. One order more than enough for two hearty eaters for about 10 bucks. Quite amazing. Went to a park to eat it.

2 Thank disiegel
Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

THE best fried fish in Springfield. Fresh and seasoned to perfection, the catfish and walleye baskets are great. Enough fish for 3 sandwiches at a good price. Only problem is there is not a west side location. C-A-R-T-E-R-S!!!

3 Thank Paul B
Springfield, IL
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I moved from the east coast and was spoiled on the freshness of fish and seafood in general. Since living in the midwest, I avoid it all together since most experiences are less than par. Someone gave me a catfish sandwich from Carters and I about died of happiness. I don't know what they do to their fish, but it's... More 

4 Thank Lynn W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Great central Illinois fish served perfectly with a great price and fast service. Carters you are a staple for fish in Springfield so please dont stop at least for another 20 years.

7 Thank drs11111

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1900 S Grand Ave E, Springfield, IL 62703-2735
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: 2175252571

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