Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Bethel Grove Beats 'Em All! - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Bethel Grove Beats 'Em All, plus scores as of 7/15/11

By Andy Wise - bio | email

(WMC TV) - Where the abandoned United Equipment building stands guard over the intersection of Lamar Ave. and Airways Blvd., you'll find Bethel Grove.

The middle-class neighborhood's strip of fast food spots and barbecue joints consistently rates the highest scores on Memphis-Shelby County Department of Health restaurant inspections.

Just this week, the KFC at 2256 Lamar Ave. in Bethel Grove rated the highest score of any Memphis-Shelby County restaurant with a 98 on its July 12 inspection.

The Subway down the street at 2669 Lamar Ave. has rated the highest score twice in a seven-month period, including a perfect 100 on its Feb. 4 inspection.

"I watch those restaurant scores all the time, and I'm glad this one scored that high," said customer James Dennis. He skips all the Subways near his Olive Branch, MS, home to eat at the one in Bethel Grove.

Just drive up and down the Lamar stretch of Bethel Grove and sneak a peek at the restaurants' posted inspections:  Yum's Restaurant:  90; Popeye's:  93; Tops BBQ:  97.

"I got to give it to the people of the neighborhood," said Derrick Ruff, a neighbor and regular of the Bethel Grove KFC. "They care about their customers."

Keep it real, Bethel Grove restaurants, and keep maintaining that quality of care!


Subway, 2809 Kirby Parkway, East Memphis, 97 on July 13. 

Taco Bell, 1279 Ridgeway Rd., Park Place Shopping Center/East Memphis, 95 on July 11. 

Petra Café, 1649 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 95 on July 14. 

Baskin Robbins, 4012 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 94 on July 15. 

Three Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, 5145 Quince Rd., East Memphis, 94 on July 14. 

Smoothie King, 2323 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN, 93 on July 12. 

Scales Café, 2801 Kirby Pkwy, Southeast Memphis, 92 on July 13. 

The Hong Kong Restaurant, 3966 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 90 on July 15. 

Tropical Smoothie Café, 1779 Kirby Pkwy, East Memphis, 89 on July 11. 

Leonard's Pit Barbecue, 5467 Fox Plaza Dr., Fox Meadows/SE Memphis (former Big Tip, voted Best Buffet by Scorecard viewers), 88 on July 13. 

Meng's Chinese Cuisine, 2990 Semmes St., Airways Area/East Memphis, 87 on July 13. 

McDonald's, 2850 Lamar Ave., Cherokee Park/East Memphis, 86 on July 11. 

P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 1181 Ridgeway, Park Place Shopping Center/East Memphis, 85 on July 11. 

Pho Hoa Binh, 1615 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 85 on July 12. 

Exline's Best Pizza In Town, 2801 Kirby Rd., East Memphis, 82 on July 14. 

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