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“It's an ok place to eat. ” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dowd's Catfish and BBQ

Dowd's Catfish and BBQ
Ranked #1 of 73 Restaurants in Lebanon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ava, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It's an ok place to eat. ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Catfish fillets were ok. They tasted a little plain. You could order the spicy ones I guess for more flavor. The sides are frozen packaged deep fried sides that are plain. The BBQ beans should not be made with chili beans. It's not a good flavor combination.

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Marine City, Michigan
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Bit of a disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

With the reputation this place supposedly has, we expected more. I had a mama plate which which had 2 selections. I got the chopped pork and ribs. Well, I got 2 tiny ribs and a small portion of chopped pork. I have to say the ribs had the most wonderful Hickory taste though, what there was of them. But with my baked potato, my butter and sour cream came prepackaged. The salad was pretty mediocre, too. We just expected more. My husband got the special and I ended up sharing one of my tiny ribs with him. Now what does that tell you. Not a big fan.

Visited May 2014
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Disappointed by the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

I know this place is rated like number 1 or something in Lebanon but I can't give it that high a rating. The service was really excellent. The ambiance was good (as an older guy I really liked their 60's and 70's rock and roll music). I ordered the "Mama's combo" with breaded catfish and ribs as my 2 meats. Now the catfish was some of the best I've ever had but the ribs were a complete waste of time. Tough and fatty - just about unedible. I was expecting baby back ribs but there were more like spare ribs or something. Just terrible. No one should be serving ribs like this no matter what kind they are. When asked by the checkout girl how it was, I complained about the ribs. She asked me if I said anything to the waitress and I said 'no'. SHe said I should have. Great, I wish I had known that up front.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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New Iberia, Louisiana
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fried is best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

The catfish is really good-fried is the way to go here, so calorie- conscious people may not want the temptation. Service is friendly and fast. Salads are mainly iceberg lettuce- so don't expect tastier greens.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lebanon, Missouri
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92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“For Big appetites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you can eat a lot, the all you can eat catfish is a winner for many. I just tend to get the three piece meal. They allow substitution of chicken for some of the catfish so it makes a nice combination of tastes. The staff is friendly. The decor is hometown like.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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