In 2008, at the age of 24, Travis Hester opened up a food truck on Military Road in Benton, Arkansas. In just one hour, he was sold out of fish. Thanks to the savory recipes and hard-working determination passed down through his family, Eat My Catfish had already found success.
Over the next three and a half years, Eat My Catfish became a local favorite among the people of Benton. Every day, customers stopped by to chat with Travis, fill up on fish, and try the spiciest (and best) crawfish around.
It was then that Travis knew it was time to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. In January of 2012, Eat My Catfish opened its first doors – right across the street from the original trailer. The people of Conway, Arkansas were the next to pull a seat up to the table when a second location opened just a year and a half later. Little Rock was the site of the third location in 2016. COMING SOON—North Little Rock will have an EMC of their own!
Eat My Catfish now operates the dine-in restaurants and has two on-site catering trailers. They catered over 500 events in 2017 and sell more live and cooked crawfish than anyone in Central Arkansas.
Though his calm days in the food truck have been replaced by lively nights in the restaurant, Travis always makes time to chat with his valued customers – both the early connections and the new.
Who We Are
We are the place you go when you need a catfish fix, and nothing else will help. We also do catering, crawdads during the regular season, and really witty t-shirts.