Restaurant review: Jumpin' Catfish a treat for outdoors enthusiasts in Kansas City area

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
Duck, quail, catfish and crab legs are just some of the delicious items available at Jumpin' Catfish, which has locations in Olathe and Lee's Summit, Mo.

If you're a fan of wild game, you know how exciting it can be to find a restaurant that specializes in it.

Last week, I took some vacation time and ended up taking a trip with my mom to Kansas City for a Royals game on what would have been my grandpa's 92nd birthday.

During my trip, I remembered a hot tip I had received about a delicious restaurant in Olathe called the Jumpin' Catfish and decided to look it up on Google Maps. As it turns out, there are two locations for this outdoors-themed restaurant, and the Lee's Summit, Mo., was actually the closer of the two, located at 834 S.W. Blue Parkway. The Olathe one is located at 1861 S. Ridgeview Road.

We made the 20-minute drive to the Missouri suburb, which is really a nice little town, and soon found the location we were seeking. It was a rather unremarkable-looking building from the outside, located in a strip mall that could easily be overlooked, but the inside decor told me I was in the right spot.

The exterior of Jumpin' Catfish, 834 S.W. Blue Parkway in Lee's Summit, Mo. There also is an Olathe location at 1861 S. Ridgeview Road.

Display cases with stuffed animals and a giant fish tank with two live bluegill highlighted the outdoors-themed space, as well as some neat hanging lights featuring silhouettes of different animals. 

Display cases house several stuffed animals near the cash register at the Jumpin' Catfish restaurant in Lee's Summit, Mo.

The menu is reasonably priced, with several great options for outdoors enthusiasts, rather they prefer fish or wild game. 

Among the options include duck, quail, jumbo frog legs, Norwegian salmon, trout, crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp, oysters, tilapia, chicken and, of course, catfish.

Diners can order all-you-can-eat catfish or all-you-can-eat chicken most days of the week, which includes Southern fried chicken, chicken livers or chicken gizzards. In addition, the restaurant offers daily all-you-can-eat specials for quail (Tuesday), shrimp and crawfish tails (Wednesday) and Alaskan snow crab legs (Thursday), as well as live Maine lobsters after 3 p.m. on Friday. On Sunday, you can choose from any of the all-you-can-eat specials. Kids also eat for free on Tuesdays.

Surprisingly, one of the best parts of the meal are the appetizers, as you get hush puppies, coleslaw and ham and beans with your meal. I'm not big on coleslaw, but I can say without a doubt they have the best coleslaw I've ever tasted. They practically had me licking the bowl, it was so good. The other two appetizers were delectable, as well, and the hush puppies were especially good with their homemade tartar sauce (again, not usually a fan, but man it was tasty!)

There were several combination platters to choose from if you want to try a bit of everything, which I recommend. It was lunch time, but our waitress, Dusty, was kind enough to let me order from the dinner menu, as I picked the Field and Stream Special.

You can pick four items from a list that includes 8 ounces of rotisserie duck, a 6-ounce quail, a jumbo frog leg, catfish, tilapia or trout. I love a good frog leg, but I went with two quail, a duck leg/thigh and catfish. I also added a cluster of crab legs for about $12, which is a heck of a good deal in my book. Mom ordered a meal that came with two clusters of crab legs and a side. 

One thing I really appreciated as a big fan of crab legs is that, when they brought out the butter for dunking the crab legs in, it came in a saucer that was seated upon a butter warmer — basically a candle. If you've eaten at Red Lobster or another establishment that specializes in crab legs, you know how quickly butter can go cold and start to solidify. You don't want that, and I appreciate them for being so proactive.

Also, pouring hot butter on grilled quail and duck is a treat in itself.

Candles keep your butter warm at Jumpin' Catfish as you enjoy their crab legs.

Business hours for the two restaurants are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the individual stores, you can contact the Olathe restaurant at 913-829-3474 or the Lee's Summit one at 816-554-3474, go to their website at https://www.jumpincatfish.com/ or follow them on Facebook.

In addition to its physical locations in the KC area, Jumpin' Catfish also caters, and the cashier told me they had catered to Topeka a few times. The restaurant caters for parties of 50 people up to 500. Those wishing for more information regarding catering options and pricing can contact David at 913-353-8903.

All in all, the service was top-notch, the food was delicious and the prices were better than what I expected. It's definitely worth a trip to either location.

Also, the Royals beat the Red Sox 5-3. Tough to beat that vacation.