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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Chef Patrick Reilly, plus scores

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Respected alike by pollsters and peers, Chef Patrick Reilly prefers to describe his cuisine as "all things to all people." Respected alike by pollsters and peers, Chef Patrick Reilly prefers to describe his cuisine as "all things to all people."
CHEF OF THE WEEK:  Chef Patrick Reilly, The Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 901-522-8555. CHEF OF THE WEEK: Chef Patrick Reilly, The Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 901-522-8555.
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(WMC-TV) - CHEF OF THE WEEK:  Chef Patrick Reilly, The Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 901-522-8555.

Respected alike by pollsters and peers, Chef Patrick Reilly prefers to describe his cuisine as "all things to all people."

In one sitting, you could shell out $36 for his 8-ounce Filet Au Poivre with a Jameson (Irish whiskey cream) sauce. In another, $9 on his aged-cheddar-with-Creole-mustard Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

"We want people to come in here on Saturday night when they're having to splurge and also come here on a Monday night when they want to have a flatbread and a glass of wine," Reilly said.

Selected by Memphis Magazine's readers' poll as a Best Chef, Chef Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from culinary school at the Dublin College of Catering and Hotel Management, then apprenticed at the Guinness Storehouse brewery's executive dining hall in Dublin.

"Where you got two pints of Guinness a day as part of your salary," he said wistfully.

After stints in London restaurants, Reilly moved to the United States in 1986. He served restaurants in New York, Chicago and Orlando before coming to Memphis in 2001 to open The Lounge at Gibson Guitar Factory.

After a brewery vacated the circa-1913 Majestic No. 1 silent film theater, Reilly pounced on it, renovated it to reflect its original era and designed a menu to meet everyone's expectations.

"I expected the best, and I think got the best," said first-time customer Mollie Jones of Whitehaven. "The food is wonderful!"

Reilly's also a statesman for the industry. Members of the Memphis Restaurant Association elected him president of its board of directors.

He's shepherding the trade group at a historic time in Tennessee's health code. In the summer of 2015, the code will shift to more focused inspections of food preparation and employees' hygiene and habits.

"It's less test-driven. It's more habit-driven," he said. "I think it will make for better and cleaner and more sanitary conditions in restaurants."

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Cajun Chicken Eggrolls Appetizer, Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Majestic Famous Grilled Cheese, Shrimp & Scallop Linguini, Filet Oscar.

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Firehouse Subs, 1571 Union Ave., Midtown Memphis, 97 on March 26 

Mazza Restaurant, 6090 Macon Cv., East Memphis, 97 on March 27 

Red Koi Japanese Cuisine, 5847 Poplar Ave., Ridgeway Loop/I-240 & Poplar, East Memphis, 96 on March 24 

Petra Café, 1649 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 95 on March 27 

Whaley's Pizza, 255 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville, TN, 95 on March 28 

Wendy's, 7920 Hwy. 64, Bartlett, TN, 95 on March 26 

City East Bagel & Grille, 6698 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 95 on March 25 

Backyard Burgers, 849 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 95 on March 28 

Cici's Pizza, 930 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 94 on March 28 

Frida's Restaurante Mexicano, 1718 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 93 on March 26 

Homestyle Taco Shack, 2711 Lamar Ave., Bethel Grove/S. Memphis, 91 on March 28 

Wing's House, 630 N. Highland St., Highland Heights/E. Memphis, 91 on March 25 

India Palace, 1720 Poplar Ave., Vollintine-Evergreen/Midtown, 91 on March 27 

Panera Bread, 1961 Union Ave., Midtown Memphis, 90 on March 24 

Shoney's, 5829 Summer Ave., East Memphis, 90 on March 27 

Humdingers, 6300 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 88 on March 24 

Danvers, 1380 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, TN, 78 on March 27 

Holiday Deli & Ham Co., 7652 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 72 on March 25

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