The Gumbo Pot, LA Farmers Market
Just before placing my order, another customer left and yelled to the proprietor, "that was the best catfish I've ever had!" That probably blew up my expectations a bit in terms of its "blackenedness," but it was still spicy and burnt on the bottom.
I used to come here a lot just to get the blackened catfish, even though so many other things on the menu looked good (gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee). This time, I got jambalaya on the side of the catfish, so we got the best of both worlds. Collared greens and "killer cornbread" add to it.
On a separate but related note, the Farmer's Market in LA has undergone a huge renovation with a plasticky outdoor shopping center attached, but it's not too bad. Actually, the original Farmers Market is still good - lots of various stores, including a store specializing in hot sauces, a store specializing in gourmet food (like olives), and the usual fruit/nuts stores. I'm thinking of returning tomorrow to get corned beef and cabbage as well as maybe even a cajun breakfast. Do come here if you come to LA.