(WMC TV) - HIGH SCORE OF THE WEEK: Katie's Kitchen, 9056 Poplar Pike, Suite 109, Germantown, TN, 901-754-8444.
As I watch her crew assemble a chicken artichoke casserole from scratch...
While I catch a customer yank a tub of jambalaya from her cooler...
Katie Chance's mission statement starts to materialize: revive busy moms!
"Sometimes, it's hard enough to prepare for your own family, let alone make something extra for someone else," said the former Memphis and Nashville city school teacher.
That's why two years ago she launched Katie's Kitchen, our health inspection High Score of the Week with a 99.
Open Tuesday through Friday, Katie's Kitchen cooks casseroles, chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad (or combos of them all) and dishes inspired by her family's Italian, Cajun and South Mississippi roots.
Customers can pick up something fresh or something frozen, bring it home and BAM!
Mom or Dad's a hero just by heating something up.
"Just walk in, grab it and you're good to go," said Germantown mom Colleen Shallow, whose last name admittedly matches her cooking skills. "My kids know I don't cook. Everyone would know that this is not my cooking!"
Not her cooking. Katie's cooking!
WHAT ANDY LIKES: Tuna-Chicken Salad Sandwich, Buntyn Bread Rolls, Shrimp & Grits, Pimento Cheese, Stuffed Peppers.
THE WEEK'S OTHER NOTABLE SCORES:
Whaley's Pizza, 255 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville, TN, 98 on Sept. 17
Margaret's Family Restaurant, 2830 Austin Peay Hwy., Raleigh, 96 on Sept. 19
The Peanut Shoppe, 24 S. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 96, date not listed
Chick-Fil-A, 8492 Hwy. 51 N., Millington, TN, 96 on Sept. 17
Soul Fish Café, 3160 Village Shops Dr., Germantown, TN, 95 on Sept. 18
Showroom Restaurant & Bar, 3966 Jackson Ave., Raleigh, 95 on Sept. 21
Petra Café, 9155 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 95 on Sept. 20
Neely's BBQ, 5700 Mt. Moriah Rd., Fox Meadows/SE Memphis, 92 on Sept. 19
Swanky's Taco Shop, 6641 Poplar Ave., The Carrefour at Kirby Woods/East Memphis, 87 on Sept. 18
Raleigh Pizza Parlor, 2935 Old Austin Peay Hwy., Raleigh, 87 on Sept. 19
Green Bamboo Vietnamese, 990 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 87 on Sept. 19
Zinnie's Restaurant & Lounge, 1688 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 86 on Sept. 20
Mesquite Chop House of Germantown, 3165 Forest Hill Irene Rd., Germantown, TN, 85 on Sept. 20
Thai Bistro, 149 Madison Ave., Downtown Memphis, 84 on Sept. 20
Taqueria La Guadalupana, 4818 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 83 on Sept. 21
The Pancake Shop, 4838 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 81 on Sept. 21
China Garden, 3205 Coleman Rd., Raleigh, 81 on Sept. 20
China Inn Buffet, 4430 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 80 on Sept. 21
Tertilleria La Unica #2, 5040 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 80 on Sept. 21
Kooky Canuck, 97 S. 2nd St., Downtown Memphis, 79 on Sept. 17
Mellow Mushroom, 3075 Village Shops Dr., Germantown, TN, 79 on Sept. 20
Sekisui Midtown, 25 S. Belvedere Blvd., Midtown Memphis, 76 on Sept. 20
Checkers, 3240 Austin Peay Hwy., Raleigh, 73 on Sept. 19
Flying Fish, 105-107 S. 2nd St., Downtown Memphis, 73 on Sept. 17
Interstate BBQ, 2491 Winchester Rd., Memphis Intl. Airport, 73 on Sept. 12
Spindini, 383 S. Main St., South Main Historic District/Downtown Memphis, 69 on Sept. 19 (upgraded to 89 on Sept. 26)
Blue Plate Café, 113 Court Ave., Downtown Memphis, 65 on Sept. 19 (FAILURE)