Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Best Place, Tate County, MS, plus scores - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Best Place, Tate County, MS, plus scores as of 8/23/09

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MEMPHIS (WMC-TV) - A Hickory Hill restaurateur's hoping the third check is the charm after failing back-to-back health inspections.

Cris Charlz Restaurant & Lounge, 3705 Malco Way in Hickory Hill, rated its second 67 in ten days.

This time, the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department inspection cited:

"flies still present" because the "(back door) not repaired"

baked chicken and Salisbury steak at "potentially hazardous food temperatures."

The details of Cris Charlz's first inspection can be found in this edition of Andy's Restaurant Scorecard

"We had some maintenance problems," said owner Cris Charles. 

Charles said a fan used to shoo flies by the buffet line is what caused cooked food temperatures to fall below the health department's standard.

He also said a few of his employees accidentally broke the back door and its screen door, allowing flies to enter the place.  An Action News 5 Investigators inspection revealed Charles repaired both doors.

If Charles fails a third inspection, health officials could shut him down.  

THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Penny's Pantry, 136 N. Front St., Senatobia, MS, (662) 562-5570ý

Penny's Pantry received 30 nominations from our Scorecard viewers as the Best Place to Eat in Tate County, MS -- more nominations than any other Big Tip winner on our show!

"They are the nicest group of people, and the food is just great!" exclaimed Senatobia teacher Debbie Lauing.

The atmosphere's always friendly and electric.  A closely-knit group of ladies whip up the most wonderful dishes, especially the chicken salad.  They shared the recipe with me, but if I want to live, I have to keep it a secret (wink, wink, Penny!).

The fine folks of Senatobia hold meetings, baby showers and bridge tournaments there.  Coming to Penny's Pantry is like raiding a friend's pantry!

"It's like going to a friend's house," said Suzan Erber of Senatobia.  "Sit down.  Relax.  It's just a fun place to be!"

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Chicken Salad Sandwich, Chicken Enchilada, White Wine Cake, Banana Cake

For all of this week's Memphis-Shelby County restaurant scores, click here.

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