January 23, 2023

Shivers Creek Fish House fulfills owner’s lifelong dream

Darkhorse Press

Fish being fried at Shivers Creek Fish House in Crystal Springs.

By Elijah Mangum
On Assignment 

It has always been the dream of Shivers Creek Fish House owner Dustin Malley to open up his own fish house.

“It definitely has always been my favorite food. I didn’t do anything, but fish as a small kid. I’ve been working at catfish restaurants since I was 15, so I’ve definitely been doing it a long time,” said Malley.

Growing up in Florence, He loved fishing and eating catfish. From the moment he could work, Malley jumped on the opportunity to work at his hometown’s famous fishouses, Jerry’s and Berry’s where he worked for over 10 years.
In 2017, Malley opened a small restaurant at S&W Grocery and Deli in Pinola. A year later, the first Shivers location opened in the same town. After much success, a location in Crystal Springs opened in 2021. Since then, the business has expanded into mobile kitchens which make stops in multiple destinations around the state.
Both locations serve a number of entrees from fish to chicken which are served with a choice of a potato side. Turnip greens, cole slaw, and their famous hushpuppies are brought out automatically as guests make it to their seats. All products served at the restaurant are made in house and raised in Mississippi.
“We get our catfish from Heartland Catfish in Itta Bena and Delta Pride Catfish in Isola. Everything is a good local Mississippi product that is fresh, never frozen. It is the best you can get,” said Malley.
The restaurant has won multiple awards and has become a community favorite for fish fans.
“We’re not in highly populated areas, but we still do a good business. A lot of people drive a long way to see us on top of the support from the community. We really appreciate that,” said Malley.

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