Anniston, Alabama is home to Top O’ The River, a premier catfish and seafood restaurant that opened in Calhoun County in 1982. Located at 3330 McClellan Boulevard, this eatery was the beginning of a relationship with a loyal and dedicated customer base. This devoted following led to the expansion of the business into Etowah and DeKalb counties. A second Top O’ The River was opened in Gadsden, Alabama in 1983 at 1606 Rainbow Drive. In 2002, 7004 Val Monte Drive witnessed the birth of the latest Top O’ The River restaurant when its doors opened to the public. As an independent family owned eatery, Top O’ The River prides itself with their hearty portions, fresh daily preparation, and cooked to order philosophy. With an intense focus on customer service and specialty menu items like fried dill pickles and mustard greens, this southern hideaway has established itself as a staple with the hungry people of Calhoun County and beyond.
The staff and management at Top O’ The River work hard to provide their patrons with the best service, value, and food quality possible. Their catfish is farm raised and grain fed just across the line in Mississippi and their seafood selections arrive twice weekly to ensure freshness. Using their own secret recipes, all the dishes at the restaurant are prepared fresh daily and have become known in the area for their excellence. The signature Riverboat Special, their whole fried, bone in catfish platters, and their variety of crawfish dishes offer a taste of river cuisine, while several different shrimp and crab selections allow their clientele the chance to get a taste of the ocean. But if your appetite is not heavy, their specialty appetizers like their pot ‘o’ greens, fried onion rings and pickles, and beans and cornbread might be more your speed. Add in a glass of sweet tea or a soda and you have yourself a meal.
Top O’ The River catfish and seafood restaurant has been going strong in Calhoun and the surrounding counties for over twenty-five years. By focusing on the core philosophy that each customer to their establishment should be treated like they are the only one, Top O’ The River has distinguished itself as one of the premier specialty restaurants in the region. As a successful, family owned operation, chances are the eatery will be around for many more years to come. So the next time you or your family and friends decide to hit the town for a meal, remember that Top O’ The River is the place in Calhoun County where you can find “Catfish Exceptionale”.