Andy's Rest. Scorecard: New Que Huong, plus scores as of 3/28/10

By Andy Wise - bio | email

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC TV) - In the same retail strip center off Poplar Ave. near Byhalia Rd., you'll find two restaurants.

One's your Big Tip of the week (see below).

The other -- well, I suggest you DON'T leave a tip.

TCBY Yogurt, 890 W. Poplar Ave., failed its Memphis-Shelby Co. Health Department inspection March 23 with a 62:

"...scoops stored in dirty standing water..."

"Styrofoam cup used to scoop Butterfinger pieces"

"employee prepared food w/out washing hands"

"packing tape used to repair outside of yogurt machine"

The Action News 5 Investigators noticed owner Chetan Parekh didn't post the inspection report inside his store. That would also be a code violation, according to health officials.

TCBY employee Nathan Adams told us Parekh is out of town on business. I left my cell number with Adams and requested that Parekh call me back.

A week after our deadline, Parekh called and accepted responsibility for the failed inspection. The health department issued him a 77 on re-inspection April 8.

THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  New Que Huong, 942 W. Poplar Ave #5, Collierville, TN, 901-861-0162, 901-861-0164.

The stir-frying flame the Le family has stoked in Midtown Memphis for 17 years is now burning in Collierville.

Tuyen Le and her son, Hen, launched New Que Huong (translation: New Homeland) in homage to their family's original Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Le (51 North Cleveland St., Midtown Memphis, 901-276-5326‎).

"We didn't want to make it seem like we were trying to compete with my grandmother's restaurant," said Hen Le. "We wanted to teach (folks in Collierville) about the Vietnamese food cuisine."

It's a lesson customers are lining up to learn -- or to be re-taught!

"I'm actually originally from California, where there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, and this one is definitely on par, if not superior, to most of those out there," said Jerome Turner of Southeast Memphis.

"For $5.75, we had two's amazing," said Jackie Chen of Collierville.

They mix a value-based brand of the popular Saigon Le stand-by's with new dishes, like my favorite:  Catfish with Black Pepper and Vegetables.

"Just outstanding cuisine," said Nathan Waddell of Germantown, TN. "I think this is going to be my new favorite restaurant."

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Catfish with Black Pepper & Vegetables, Combination Rice Clay Pot (stir-fried shrimp, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, onions, special sauce), Combination Crispy Noodle (chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, crab meat, squid, veggies), Seaweed Salad

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

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