The catfish takes its name from its catlike whiskers, distinct underwater purr, and fierce lionfish ancestors. Savor a feline fish dish with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Southern-style catfish, healthy smoothies, and more at Scales Café on Kirby Parkway. Scales' menu of whiskered freshwater delights, lactose-free fresh-fruit concoctions, and savory seafood dishes whistle a comfort-fare siren song across the Mid South. Reel in your farm-raised fillet deep-fried golden brown in seasoned cornmeal ($8.99 small, $9.99 regular), lightly grilled with seasoning or blackened in a skillet ($10.99). All platters are flanked with french fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and hush puppies that long to chase the catfish around the table. Wash marine life down to its new tummy habitat with a smoothie such as the Hawaiian pineapple paradise, which contains pineapple and banana blended with creamy coconut ($4.99). Power up with a nutritious performance smoothie such as peanut butter cup, made with chocolate soymilk, chocolate whey protein, and all-natural peanut butter ($5.25). Smoothies are constructed from fresh fruits and crushed fruit concentrates, and all catfish are raised locally
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.