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Eat Catfish And Be Somebody

About Us

Only a southerner can understand why the South is more than where you were born. A heritage unique to its own, family traditions are passed down through generations, good manners & hard work are born into the very fiber of our being, religious revivals are followed by fried chicken and sweet tea lunches & many a front porch hosts sunsets and fireflies. 

Our loyal customers relate to Ezell's in the same way. Sure, folks stop by for some home cookin' and hospitality, but mostly because Ezell's represents a way of life familiar to them, deeply rooted to the community's river heritage that is simple, noble & good for the soul.

Ezell's story begins on the Tombigbee River where the original building served as a trading post during the time of the Civil War. Property owner, Charles Agnew Ezell, stored manufactured goods & supplies that packet boats would bring in from Mobile.

He had a son, C.A. Ezell, who became a commercial fisherman by trade. Ezell later used the building as a hunting club in the 1920's where his cook prepared meals for private parties. It wasn't long before hosting private parties evolved into a full-time, public restaurant in the 1950's. Good food and good times led the business to grow into the chain of catfish restaurants that Ezell's is today.

The original Ezell's and old hunting club was eventually disbanded when the site became an established restaurant, however, some traditions remain. Not only do hunters still gather, clothed in camouflage and muddy boots, but the occasional baptism occurs near the building's riverside location by the boat landing where it once was a popular site for local baptisms.

True to its' roots, all restaurant chain withhold initial characteristics authentic to the original location except for one prediction made by C.A. Ezell,

you know, one of these days they’re going to get where they can raise catfish like chickens

...and it's here.

The transition from serving river catfish to pound-raised began roughly 20 years ago due to the unreliable availability and size of river fish. Because farmers can provide dependable supply, size & control the flavor of the fish by what they feed them, Ezell's wisely shifted to pound-raised catfish as their restaurant staple.

The river's energy, commercial fisherman culture and their vital connection to water is the bloodline of Ezell's. Nets, slat boxes and traps influence the restaurant's decor. Because customers grew up frequenting the restaurant with their families and now bring their own children, Ezell's provides plenty of room & comfort food for a large number of people to dine community style, which us southern folks find inviting.

Come to Ezell's & enjoy chicken, seafood or our specialty, catfish. That's why we always say...

Eat Catfish And Be Somebody!

Meet the owners.

After 30 years, we are proud to announce that Ezell’s Catfish in Columbus & Phenix City, is back under Ezell family management. I would like to formally introduce myself as the new president & owner, Clark Ezell, alongside my supportive family; wife, Collier Ezell & sons, Clark & Ham. I am the grandson of Charles Ezell Jr, the founder of the famous Ezell’s Catfish in Lavaca, Alabama that opened over 80 years ago.

My vision & direction along with experience brings a fresh new approach to food & beverage.  Ezell's is poised to quickly take the dining experience to another level at while maintaining the same quality, home cooking & southern hospitality that made Ezell’s Catfish a Columbus, GA staple.

Born into the restaurant business, I have experienced every facet of the industry, from washing dishes, cooking, planning menus to hosting, serving & managing.  It was at Mary’s Kitchen in Destin that I knew I wanted to own a restaurant.  In 2010, I moved to Columbus to open Ezell’s in Phenix City in August of 2011.  Recently, I officially took over management & ownership of the Columbus location, following Bryan Christopher who owned & operated the business for over 30 years. The decision was made for the betterment of the Ezell’s Catfish brand.

We are back where we started & better than ever. My family made the move to Columbus to continue the tradition of Ezell’s Catfish. We are still serving the best fried catfish, cole slaw & homemade hush puppies around & we look forward to sharing that with our customers.

With locations in Phenix City, AL & Columbus, GA, Ezell’s Catfish celebrates heirloom, made-from-scratch recipes through supporting local & regional farmers & fisherman by preparing dishes that capture the simple flavors & tastes of the highest quality ingredients available.  Ezell’s Catfish only serves domestic farm-raised catfish from Mississippi & Alabama.    

To experience the taste & southern hospitality of Ezell’s Catfish in Columbus & Phenix City, give us a call, book a party or click here to view the menu.


When you work at Ezell's, you're family. Should you need to reach one of our managers, please send them an email or call a location here.

Channing Elliott, Phenix City Location Manager -

Randy Scott, Columbus Location Manager -