Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Best in Cooper-Young, plus scores - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Best in Cooper-Young, plus scores as of 7/12/09

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If you're in the pest control business, I've got three West Memphis, AR, restaurants who will probably be looking for estimates.

The Crittenden County, AR, Health Department cited all three for roaches.  One of them was also docked for mice.

Bonanza, 105 Shoppingway Blvd.; Fu Gai Chinese, 110 N. Missouri St; and Dragon China, 500 W. Broadway St., are each awaiting follow-up inspections.

The inspector's report on Bonanza says the restaurant "need(s) to eliminate roaches."  The report also cited a food-prep employee not wearing a hair restraint and a "dishwasher not dosing chlorine."

Bonanza's management told me the dishwasher's fixed.  About the roaches, general manager Dean Benson said, "We have a ditch behind the building that attracts bugs.  We have a pest control company that comes out once a month and sprays for everything, including roaches.

"In my opinion, we don't have a roach problem.  What we have is an old building."

Benson invited us to inspect the restaurant next week.  We'll check it out.

In addition to the creepy black crawlers, Fu Gai was cited for "pan(s), mixing bowls in use are encrusted w/accumulated food" and "wok/deep fryer line - nasty & encrusted."

A gentleman identifying himself as "Lee" explained that everything was cleaned, but he denied our request to see for ourselves.

The inspector cited "mouse droppings" as well as roaches at Dragon China.  He also hit the restaurant for a "slimy" ice machine.

"We just recently had the restaurant remodeled," says Bin Mi, the manager.  "When it's really hot, we do have a pest control problem.

"If our pest control company can't take care of the problem, we'll have to contact our landlord and see what the landlord can do for us."

THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Soul Fish Cafe, 862 S. Cooper, Midtown Memphis, (901) 725-0722

Our viewers voted Soul Fish Cafe as the best place to eat in the Cooper-Young neighborhood for three reasons:  Catfish, cleanliness and service-with-a-smile.

"The service is quick and good.  You just can't beat it," says Dacry Harris of Downtown Memphis.

"This, to me, is one of the best places in Memphis to have catfish," says Pat Beane of East Memphis.

Fried or blackened, basket or sandwich, the catfish is outstanding.  You can smell the fresh vegetables right when you walk in, especially the "Cajun Cabbage."

The decor makes the atmosphere fun:  part Cajun kitchen, part Mississippi Delta, part Brooklyn diner.

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Catfish (large portions and cheap price!), sweet potato fries, smiling/happy employees

For all of this week's Memphis-Shelby County scores, click here.

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