The chefs at Cajun Catfish Company's two locations scoop bowls of gumbo for their diners and fry USDA-certified farm-raised catfish fillets. Their Cajun-style catfish can be grilled with lemon pepper or Cajun garlic seasonings. Catfish is also served blackened or BBQ style. They keep their focus on Cajun classics, such as poboys and red beans and rice, but also include American mainstays, such as sirloin steaks and juicy burgers with grilled onions and jack cheese.
Though The Hot Box Restaurant & Grill is owner Caitlin Standridge’s first business venture, she is not new to the restaurant world, as highlighted by the Millington Star. In fact, it was Caitlin’s more than five years of experience in the food industry that inspired her boyfriend and the restaurant’s co-owner, Jeremy Payne, to convince Caitlin to take a leap of faith and establish The Hot Box Restaurant & Grill in 2013.
The pair now satisfies locals with Southern soul foods that range from catfish and butterfly-shrimp dinners to sauce-drenched wings and sides of okra and green beans. After meals, diners can be found surfing Hot Box’s complimentary WiFi or playing darts in the spacious dining room. They can also attempt to break personal records on the restaurant’s arcade games, which include the classic Ms. Pac-Man and the more forward-thinking Bet You Can’t Beat Your Personal Record.
The sizzle of the round-bottom wok is how many Asian dishes begin, according to the staff at Noodles Asian Bistro. To craft its menu, the kitchen draws together dishes from China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, which seems to highlight the similarities rather than the differences in the cuisines. The wok sears chopped vegetables and sliced meats with sweet and spicy sauces for both traditional dishes, and house specialties, such as the Happy Family with chicken, beef, and shrimp tossed with veggies, perfect for stuffing an omnivore's pinata.
Offering diners a varying selection of Southern classics and 14 protein-and fruit-packed smoothies, the chefs at Scales Café whip up healthy snacks and filling dishes anchored around farm-raised catfish. A dusting of seasoned cornmeal prepares their signature catfish fillets to swim laps in the deep fryer before emerging triumphantly with either a crispy golden coat or a gold medal. Cajun or ranch spice blends can flavor the fresh fish, or diners can forgo the crispy crust in favor of a grilled or skillet-blackened fillet. Although house-made hush puppies, french fries, and coleslaw accompany most entrees to the table, eight other side options, including velvety mac 'n' cheese and sweet-potato fries, can smother hunger like a mother who cleans her son’s dorm room. Straws plumb the creamy depths of Scales Café's smoothies, which are made from fresh fruits, crushed fruit concentrates, and protein boosts. Each sippable meal is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but steers clear of fat, lactose, and artificial flavors.
When Elvis Presley erupted into rock ‘n’ roll royalty, he hung on to his Southern charm and manners. With the first royalty check he received, he purchased a pink limousine for his mother—despite the fact that she couldn’t drive. That chariot inspired the fleet of Marlowe's Ribs and Restaurant, which today gives diners complimentary tastes of class as it ferries them to their front doors. Past the savory aromas pushing their way out, guests witness the same devotion to the King's legacy inside the restaurant, which owner Missy Gigliotti’s father founded down the street from Graceland in 1973. There, walls hold framed photographs and records, cardboard cutouts, and the password to Elvis's underground sequin mine.
In addition to its signature barbecued ribs, brisket, and other meats, which Guy Fieri profiled on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the kitchen fills its menu with Missy’s grandmother's lasagna, fried-catfish sandwiches, burgers, and barbecued spaghetti. An onsite gift shop sells Elvis souvenirs until 2 a.m., and special events such as karaoke and Elvis tribute performances fill the evening hours.
BGR The Burger Joint?s burgers start with high-quality ingredients?most importantly, all-natural beef from grain-fed cattle, free to run in the fields and given zero hormones, fillers, or antibiotics. The prime beef is dry-aged, blended, and ground fresh to form patties that are grilled over an open flame, and then placed atop buttery, locally made brioche buns delivered fresh each day. The menu focuses on the Legend Burger, which includes gourmet toppings such as avocado, applewood bacon, and grilled jalapenos. For nonbeef eaters, the menu's selection of burgers also includes turkey and veggie varieties, as well as The Greek, a seasoned lamb patty topped with tzatziki and feta. Burgers are also available in a lettuce wrap or on a salad in a healthy salad bowl.
Diners can request all of BGR The Burger Joint's freshly made fries?from thick-cut yukon gold potatoes to asparagus fries?be topped with parmesan, rosemary, roasted garlic, or a tiny tiara. The staff hand-spins shakes with Gifford's or Breyers ice cream to create extra-thick treats for finishing off meals, and some shops curate their own selection of bottled vintage sodas and offer beer and wine.