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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Macon Country Store, plus scores

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Emmet, a former restaurant maintenance contractor, converted the itty-bitty store into a bona fide professional eatery. Emmet, a former restaurant maintenance contractor, converted the itty-bitty store into a bona fide professional eatery.
OAKLAND, TN -

(WMC) - Emmet Kimble likes to say there's silver in his register, but his customers are the gold that glows inside his country store.

His customers insist all that really glitters at the Macon Country Store are the kitchen's shine and the Kimbles' smiles.

"The owners, Emmet & Cathye, they're awesome," said loyal customer Todd Hart of Oakland. "He just has a good sense of humor. That's what it needs for a tiny place like this to make it."

Macon Country Store, 8505 Highway 193, made the Scorecard with three perfect (100) health inspections out of six since the Kimbles bought the 63-year-old store three years ago.

Emmet, a former restaurant maintenance contractor, converted the itty-bitty store into a bona fide professional eatery.

"We put a professional floor in, stainless steel up," he said. "We've re-done everything in this store that has to do with cleanliness, and we're still working on it."

His wife and Macon Country Store's chef Cathye won't leave a burger-wrapper behind, even as she churns out tasty barbecue, bologna and smoked ham sandwiches.

"A smoked ham sandwich is only good if you top it off with a little Tropical Explosion," teased Emmet. That's one of Cathye's homemade pies: bananas, pineapples, cherries, banana pudding, homemade whipped cream and chocolate.

"This sure is good," Hart mumbled through a mouthful.

It's all good here. The groceries. The cold beer. Cathye's cooking. Emmet's pokes-and-jabs.

"We have a good time here," he said. "If you don't have much of a personality, this isn't going to be your place."

It's one of my places now.

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Smoked Ham Sandwich, ALL of Cathye's Homemade Pies (Tropical Explosion, Buttermilk Pie, Chocolate Pecan Chess), Pleasant Smiles & Service!

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Burger King, 4663 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 97 on May 20

Rayford's All-N-1 Hot Wings, 7020 Shelby Dr., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 97 on May 20

Church's Fried Chicken, 1155 S. Bellevue Blvd., South Memphis, 97 on May 20

Burger King, 1027 Union Ave., Medical District, 97 on May 23

Subway, 2813 Bartlett Blvd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on May 20

Don Don's Hot Wings, 2741 Bartlett Blvd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on May 20

HoneyBaked Ham Co., 6010 Stage Rd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on May 20

Subway, 1321 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN, 96 on May 21

Taco Bell, 4811 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 96 on May 20

Church's Fried Chicken, 3149 S. Perkins Rd., Parkway Village/SE Memphis, 96 on May 19

Jack Pirtle's Chicken, 1217 S. Bellevue Blvd., South Memphis, 96 on May 20

McDonald's, 6048 Stage Rd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on May 21

Yo Mama's Soul Food, 3722 N. Watkins St., Frayser, 94 on May 23

El Toro Taco, 8067 Hwy. 51 N., Millington, TN, 93 on May 22

New Lin Garden, 215 S. Pauline St., Medical District, 92 on May 23

La Hacienda, 746 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 92 on May 21

Saigon Le, 51 N. Cleveland St., Crosstown/Midtown Memphis, 92 on May 23

Mandarin Wok II, 8023 Hwy. 51 N., Millington, TN, 90 on May 22

O'Charley's, 656 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 88 on May 21

Yum's Restaurant, 795 Poplar Ave., Medical District, 86 on May 23

Los Pilares Restaurant, 4791 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 85 on May 20

Jackson Corned Beef House, 845 Jackson Ave., Speedway neighborhood/North Memphis, 74 on May 19

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