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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Alma Jean's Southern Kookin, plus scores

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Oh, yes. The fried apple and peach pies. Oh, yes. The fried apple and peach pies.
SENATOBIA, MS -

(WMC) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Alma Jean's Southern Kookin, 334 W. Tate St., Senatobia, MS, (662) 301-0066.

Blessed is she who cooks the meat-and-three.

"I had nothing to do with it," insisted a humble Alma Jean Burnette. "It was all from above!"

Burnette gives God the glory for her charming Southern home-style restaurant. Three years ago, she opened its doors -- wait, that's not exactly accurate ...

"I know God opened that door," she corrected.

Now a line of customers snakes out the door and winds around the corner by the courthouse for baked chicken, smothered pork chops, broccoli-and-cheese casserole, candied yams -- even the Internet doesn't have enough room to list all the good eating at Alma Jean's Southern Kookin.

"The best in the South!" exclaimed customer Lynette Wooten of Senatobia. "The best dessert they have here are the fried pies."

Oh, yes. The fried apple and peach pies.

"It's actually my mom's recipe," said Burnette, a fifth-generation Senatobian. "The apples, the cinnamon, the sugar."

"I love the baked chicken, the squash, lima beans, black-eyed peas ... it's like coming home to Grandma's house," said Senatobia customer Serenia Young.

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Fried Apple Pie, Baked Chicken, Smothered Pork Chops, Candied Yams, Lima Beans, Strawberry Cake.

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Papa John's Pizza, 1551 E. Brooks Rd., Airport/Graceland Area, 100 on May 28

T. G.'s, 3870 Macon Rd., Highland Heights/East Memphis, 98 on May 29

Laura Lee's Lunchables, 5729 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., East Memphis, 98 on May 29

Marciano Mediterranean & Italian, 780 E. Brookhaven Circle, White Station Area/East Memphis, 98 on May 28

Sun Studio Café, 710 Union Ave., Downtown Memphis, 97 on May 28

Backyard Burgers, 5091 Park Ave., White Station Area/East Memphis, 97 on May 28

Taco Bell, 1447 Union Ave., Medical District/Midtown, 96 on May 29

The Cupboard, 1400 Union Ave., Medical District/Midtown, 96 on May 29

Erling Jensen, 1044 S. Yates Rd., East Memphis, 95 on May 29

The Lunch Box, 1211 Union Ave., Medical District, 95 on May 27

Panda Garden, 3735 Summer Ave., High Point Terrace/East Memphis, 95 on May 29

Folk's Folly Prime Steakhouse, 551 S. Mendenhall Rd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 94 on May 27

Tops Bar-B-Q, 1286 Union Ave., Medical District/Midtown, 94 on May 29

Pure Passion, 1849 E. Brooks Rd., Airport/Graceland Area, 94 on May 28

Grove Grill, 4550 Poplar Ave., Laurelwood Shopping Center/East Memphis, 94 on May 28

Jim's Place Restaurant & Bar, 518 Perkins Extd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 94 on May 29

One & Only BBQ, 567 N. Perkins Extd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 92 on May 29

E's 24-Hour Café, 1308 Union Ave., Medical District/Midtown, 88 on May 29

Edo Japanese Restaurant, 4792 Summer Ave., Berclair/East Memphis, 88 on May 29

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