Andy's Rest. Scorecard: A Big Tip fails - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy's Rest. Scorecard: A Big Tip fails, plus scores as of 6/16/11

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By Andy Wise - bio | email

ARLINGTON, TN (WMC TV) - His name's Kirk Wise. He is not related to me.

Nor does he see the wisdom of how a Memphis-Shelby County Department of Health environmentalist issued his restaurant -- Vinegar Jim's, 12062 Forrest St., Arlington, TN -- a failing health score of 68 June 16.

His main critical violations:

"meat loaf, shrimp, rib eye (at potentially hazardous food temp.)"

"splash guard (missing) between hand sink and dishes"

Wise is a conscientious restaurateur. His staff's efficient, skilled and loyal.

His customers, our Scorecard fans, voted Vinegar Jim's Best in Arlington in 2009 (for that Scorecard report, please click here:

He took issue with each of the food temperature violations, especially the one about the meat loaf that was left on the prep line.

"I had a piece of meat loaf that was (about the size of a silver dollar)," he said. "I couldn't even serve it to a child. 

"It was meant to be thrown away, but (the inspector) said it was on the line, and he had to check it."

Wise acknowledged the inspector took the temperature of his shrimp, too. But it wasn't the shrimp in his chilled chef's table.

Wise said it was four shrimp set aside on a counter to be discarded.

"You couldn't make an appetizer out of them," he said. "I said, 'Man, my shrimp is right over there (in the chilled chef's table). Just check it.' He said, 'Well, it's sitting out. I have to check it.'"

Action News 5 checked the temperature of Vinegar Jim's rib eyes, also stored in their separate chilled chef's table. Each rated temperatures well within health codes.

"We're going to strive to keep being who we are, the best at what we do," said Wise. "We're not going to change as far as that goes. 

"We're going to make sure these issues never rise again."


miss MUFF'N, 7511 Queens Court, Germantown, TN, 97 on June 15.

Lenny's Sub Shop, 3593 Riverdale Rd., Hickory Hill, 97 on June 13.

Nagasaki, 3951 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 97 on June 14.

Corky's, 743 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 96 on June 12.

One Block North, 645 Marble Ave., New Chicago/N. Memphis, 96 on June 14.

Stein's Restaurant, 2248 S. Lauderdale St., South Memphis, 95 on June 14.

Hooters, 25 Peabody Place, Downtown Memphis, 94 on June 14.

Sekisui of Collierville, 2130 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 93 on June 15.

Brooklyn Bridge Italian Restaurant, 1779 Kirby Parkway, East Memphis, 93 on June 15.

El Zacatecas, 3991 Jackson Ave., Raleigh, 92 on June 16.

Vanelli's Deli, 7873 Farmington Blvd., Germantown, TN (former Big Tip, voted Best Deli), 92 on June 14.

Sheridan's Frozen Custard, 8075 Macon Rd., Cordova, TN, 91 on June 17.

East End Grill, 7956 Winchester Rd., Southeast Memphis, 91 on June 16.

Howard's Donuts, 8130 Bellevue Pkwy., Cordova, TN, 90 on June 17.

Khun's Chinese Restaurant, 3290 Jackson Ave., Northeast Memphis, 90, date not reported.

Zaxby's, 1420 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, TN, 90 on June 13.

Memphis Pizza Cafe, 7604 Farmington Blvd. West, Germantown, TN, 89 on June 14.

Sonic Drive-In, 9696 Highway 64, Lakeland, TN, 89 on June 16.

Nam King, 6496 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill, 88 on June 16.

Payne's Bar-B-Que, 1762 Lamar Ave., Orange Mound/S. Memphis, 88 on June 15.

D'bo's Buffalo Wings #2, 4407 Elvis Presley Blvd, Whitehaven, 88 on June 15.

A&R Bar-B-Que, 24 N. Third St., Downtown Memphis, 88 on June 13.

Boom Boom Room, 1065 N. Thomas St., North Memphis, 88 on June 15.

Coletta's Italian Restaurant, 1063 S. Parkway East, South Memphis, 87 on June 14.

Walt's Smokehouse Hot Wings, 2257 S. Lauderdale St., South Memphis, 85, date not reported.

Newk's Express Cafe, 3680 S. Houston Levee Rd., Collierville, TN, 85 on June 13.

El Porton Mexican Restaurant, 2095 Merchants Row, Germantown, TN, 84 on June 15.

El Porton Mexican Restaurant, 1016 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 84 on June 15.

P&H Cafe, 1532 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 84 on June 13.

IHOP, 2810 Wolf Creek Pkwy., Wolfchase Area/East Memphis, 83 on June 14.

China Inn II, 2829 Covington Pike, East Memphis, 83 on June 14.

Coletta's Italian Restaurant, 2850 Appling Rd., East Memphis/Bartlett, 82 on June 13.

East End Grill, 7547 Highway 64, East Memphis/Bartlett, 79 on June 14.

Equestria, 3165 Forest Hill Irene Rd., Germantown, TN, 78, no date reported.

Mr. P's Buffalo Wings Plus, 5144 Riverdale Rd., Hickory Hill, 78 on June 16.

Cracker Barrel, 6081 Shelby Oaks Dr., East Memphis, 77 on June 16.

Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill, 8470 Highway 64, Bartlett, TN, 76 on June 16.

Memphis Big Burger, 1393 N. Hollywood St., Hollywood/N. Memphis, 73 on June 13.

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