Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Orange Mound Grill - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Orange Mound Grill, plus scores as of 7/29/11

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Orange Mound Grill, 1238 Airways Blvd., Orange Mound/South Memphis, (901) 458-3429.

Hiding three stories below the bridge where East Parkway South turns into Airways Blvd is a half-century of soul food dishes whispered only by the Orange Mound faithful.

The diner few people would visit after dark would have flown under the radar another 50 years if the Orange Mound Grill hadn't earned a 96 on its July 27 Memphis-Shelby County health inspection.

"It's the best soul food in the city," said Binghampton customer Neville Brown, who followed that review with his best Yogi Berra.

"You can take nothing and create it into something if you put something in it."

Translation:  Daisy Miller puts some serious soul in her soul food!

"I've been working here 53 years," she boasted, never cracking a smile.

Miller's aunt and uncle, Daisy and Walter Young, bought the land and built the building in 1941, then opened the restaurant in 1947. Miller started waiting tables for her aunt and uncle in 1959 to save money for college at Mississippi Valley State University.

She never made it to Itta Bena. 

She decided to stay and help run the restaurant another 17 years. In 1976, she bought the Orange Mound Grill.

She's been the boss ever since.

"My mother just puts her touch on it, and that's what makes us so authentic & unique," said Miller's son, James "Zulu" Miller. "Home-grown food grown locally, and we cook it every single day."

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Chitlins W/Turnip Greens & Candied Yams, Baked Chicken W/Fresh Fried Corn, Sweet Potato Pie, Carmel Cake.

OTHER SCORES:

Edible Arrangements, 1430 Union Ave., Medical District, 100 on July 25. 

Jason's Deli, 3473 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 96 on July 28. 

Orange Mound Grill, 1238 Airways Blvd., Orange Mound/South Memphis, 96 on July 27. 

Maliya's Coffee & Deli, 1242 Southland Mall, Whitehaven, 95 on July 26. 

Acasia Fish & Salads, 8130 Macon Station Dr., Cordova, TN, 92 on July 25. 

Kamida Restaurant, 160 Union Ave., Downtown Memphis, 92 on July 25. 

Rio Loco, 117 Union Ave., Downtown Memphis, 92 on July 29. 

J R Fish & Chicken, 4109 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 92 on July 25. 

Krystal, 4431 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 91 on July 26. 

Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3425 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 90 on July 29. 

Big Bill BBQ, 4101 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 90 on July 25. 

Dixie Burgers & Shakes, 2388 Park Ave., Orange Mound/S. Memphis, 89 on July 27. 

American Deli, 1215 Southland Mall, Whitehaven, 89 on July 26. 

Mr. P's Buffalo Wings Plus, 8195 Dexter Rd., Cordova, TN, 88 on July 27. 

Rosswood Bar & Grill, 160 Union Ave., Downtown Memphis, 88 on July 28. 

Best Wings of Memphis, 3995 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 88 on July 25. 

The Blue Monkey, 513 S. Front St., Downtown Memphis, 87 on July 28. 

IHOP, 1277 E. Shelby Dr., Whitehaven, 86 on July 28. 

Magnolia Grille, 250 N. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 85 on July 27. 

IHOP, 8484 Wilkinsville Rd., Millington, TN, 83 on July 26. 

Captain D's, 1690 Union Ave., Midtown Memphis, 78 on July 28. 

Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, 1014 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 77 on July 25. 

Pei Wei, 1680 Union Ave., Midtown Memphis, 77 on July 28. 

Buffet City, 815 Exocet Dr., Cordova, TN, 63 on July 27. (FAILURE

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