Long before tourists flocked to Branson for its shows and amusements, fishermen came for float trips down the White River (which was dammed in 1913 to form Lake Taneycomo). This floating barge housing the White River Fish House is tethered at Branson Landing and under same ownership as the nearby Bass Pro Shops. It’s a rustic wood building decorated like a boathouse, with canoes and old fishing boats suspended from the ceiling and lots of memorabilia on the walls. But I especially like the small outdoor deck right over the water.
After an appetizer of maybe alligator or crawfish tails, fish is the obvious popular choice, whether it’s Ozark catfish, maple-glazed salmon, pan-fried trout or fish and chips. For landlubbers there are also sandwiches, slow-roasted chicken, barbecued ribs and steaks.