COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A burst pipe, poorly trained employees and a bum-rush of diners dragged a private club's food service down a few grades.
Memphis National Golf Club, 10135 National Club Dr., failed its June 25 Memphis-Shelby County Health Department inspection with a 67:
"No hot water at handsink"
"Flies present -- eliminate"
"Stained & damaged cutting board. Replace"
"Dirty inside of microwave. Clean"
"Toxic item stored on drainboard w/ meat slicer. Store toxic items separately"
Beef, Turkey & Ribs at "potentially hazardous food temperatures"
"duct tape used to repair storage rack...not approved...remove or repair"
"raid stored on rack w/ soda dispensers. Remove"
"dishes not being sanitized during dishwashing process"
Inspector wrote the word "DIRTY" seven times to describe microwave oven, oven, storage racks, floors, handsink, sliding door gaskets and vent filters
The club's food & beverage director declined the Action News 5 Investigators' request for an on-camera interview.
But Tara Jones said the inspector came during one of the club's heaviest rushes in the summer, and it seemed everything was going wrong the day of the inspection.
"A pipe burst in the kitchen that morning," said Jones. "That was a huge violation because we didn't have any hot water. We've been re-training our staff on proper storage, labeling (and food preparation).
"We have a history of excellent health inspections, and we're working diligently to correct everything."
July 14, the club's general manager, Brian Pope, followed up to report Memphis National improved its score on re-inspection with an 85. Health department records confirmed the score.
THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP: Archie's Restaurant, 17745 Hwy. 64, Somerville, TN, 901-465-1621 (ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH-&-SIDES BUFFET, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 5PM-9PM)
Just three months old, and this Fayette County hot spot is already winning converts.
On our lunch visit, half of the customers were from Shelby County. They crossed the county line for more than just a meal.
It's more like a finger-lickin' spiritual encounter!
"It's a divine thing: 'Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!'" praised Gladys Buckley, who drove from Raleigh/North Memphis for Archie Taylor's catfish and spaghetti.
Archie's showcases jumbo cheeseburgers, catfish platters, chicken sandwiches and fried green tomatoes. But its real appeal is Taylor's knack for colliding his traditional family recipes with unconventional sauces, seasonings and marinades.
Case in point: his barbecue ribs. Taylor marinates them in pineapple juice!
"Well, I got a couple other of things that I add to it, you know, to give it a special little kick to it," said Taylor. Like every other proud chef, he won't share the recipe.
"It adds a flavor that's very special and unique in addition to the tradition that you can taste," said customer Ron Nichols of Arlington, TN.
"When I took my first bite, I closed my eyes," cooed Brenda Bonds of Bartlett, TN, after her first sample of the catfish platter. "I really wanted to savor the flavor. I didn't want to awaken and find myself in a dream. It's really good!"
Good enough for the Somerville Country Club, too. Archie's caters the club's Saturday dinner once a month, as well as its special events.
WHAT ANDY LIKES: Catfish & Spaghetti, Fried Green Tomatoes, Jumbo Cheeseburger, Ribs In Pineapple Juice, Peach Cobbler
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