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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Front St. Deli, plus scores

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(WMC TV) - HIGH SCORE OF THE WEEK:  Front St. Deli, 77 S. Front St., Downtown Memphis, 901-522-8943, 98 on Feb. 22 (OPEN FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ONLY).

He's a stand-up guy -- with that ubiquitous stand-up lunch counter.

36 years, Lee Busby and his Front St. Deli have survived the turnover of the volatile Memphis restaurant market, anchored right at the corner of Front St. and Union Ave. 

"We've been a survivor down here," said Busby.

You don't survive Downtown without the Front St. Deli combo:  good food, fun fellowship and a corner on counter service.

"I love that I can stand here and people-watch while I'm eating my lunch," said weekly customer John Marek. 

Busby's plate lunches top the charts here, a different special daily. The regulars also dig his chili, milkshakes, breakfast biscuits (country ham, yes!), deviled eggs and deli sandwiches.

"The chicken salad sandwich, yes," said Downtown customer Nneka Rimmer, "although I was tempted by the fried chicken (plate lunch) today!"

Four decades of memorabilia adorn the walls. A historic plate greets customers at the door, commemorating the filming of a scene from the movie The Firm with Tom Cruise in 1993.

"It's been 19 years, and people who are movie freaks, especially Tom Cruise fans, they still come in here," said Busby. "They see the movie, they want to see where he stood, where he ate. Yeah, it's amazing."

Front St. Deli is an amazing Downtown local adored by Downtown locals.

"I love the fact that I'm coming to an independent business by a really great guy that I know is always going to be here," Marek said.

Here's to another four decades!

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Fried Chicken Plate Lunch w/Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Salad, Egg Salad, Country Ham & Egg Biscuit, Milkshakes, Talking Baseball w/Busby! 

THE WEEK'S OTHER NOTABLE SCORES:

El Mezcal, 694 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 97 on Feb. 22 

Rockabilly's Diner, 3755 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 96 on Feb. 20 

Wendy's, 9197 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 96 on Feb. 24 

Subway, 4768 Knight Arnold Rd., Parkway Village/SE Memphis, 95 on Feb. 23 

Domino's Pizza, 1327 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 95 on Feb. 21 

Taqueria Guadalupana, 3160 Austin Peay Hwy, Raleigh, 95 on Feb. 23 

Shake, Split & Dip, 3779 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 95 on Feb. 20 

Chrome Grill, 3795 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 94 on Feb. 20 

Crumpy's Wings & More, 4641 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 94 on Feb. 21 

El Porton Mexican Restaurant, 1805 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 94 on Feb. 23 

Red Lobster, 7750 Winchester Rd., Southwind Area/SE Memphis, 94 on Feb. 22 

Subway, 1645 Poplar Ave., Midtown Memphis, 93 on Feb. 20 

Tops Bar-B-Q, 6130 Macon Rd., Shelby Crossing Shopping Center/E. Memphis, 93 on Feb. 21 

Arby's, 7734 Winchester Rd., Southwind Area/SE Memphis, 93 on Feb. 22 

Baskin Robbins, 915 W. Poplar Ave., Suite 102, Collierville, TN, 93 on Feb. 22 

Renee's Sandwich Shop, 206 GE Patterson Ave., Downtown Memphis, 93 on Feb. 22 

Burger King, 2348 Lamar Ave., Bethel Grove, 93 on Feb. 23 

D'Bo's Wings & Things, 1400 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 92 on Feb. 21 

Wendy's, 3196 Austin Peay Hwy, Raleigh, 92 on Feb. 22 

The Brushmark Restaurant, 1934 Poplar Ave., Overton Park/Midtown Memphis, 92 on Feb. 22 

Garibaldi's Taqueria, 5967 Knight Arnold Rd., Fox Meadows/SE Memphis, 92 on Feb. 23 

Lenny's Sub Shop, 2095 Exeter Rd., Germantown, TN, 92 on Feb. 23 

Olive Garden, 7778 Winchester Rd., Southwind Area/SE Memphis, 90 on Feb. 22 

Subway, 199 S. Highland St., Poplar/Highland U of M Area, 90 on Feb. 22 

Russo New York Pizzeria, 9087 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 90 on Feb. 24 

Pizza Hut, 1940 Exeter Rd., Germantown, TN, 90 on Feb. 24 

Zaytoon Mediterranean Cuisine, 694 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 90 on Feb. 22 

Pizza Hut, 1229 Getwell Rd., U of M Park Ave. Campus Area, 90 on Feb. 23 

At the Bistro, 2063 E. Brooks Rd., Airport Area, 89 on Feb. 24 

Perkins Restaurant, 3455 Poplar Ave., East Memphis/U of M Area, 89 on Feb. 23 

Checkers, 434 E. H. Crump Blvd., South Memphis, 89 on Feb. 22 

All About Dem Wangs, 1381 Elvis Presley Blvd., Orange Mound/S. Memphis, 89 on Feb. 22 

Fat Larry's, 7537 Hwy. 70, Bartlett, TN, 88 on Feb. 24 

Cheyenne Country, 1976 E. Shelby Dr., Whitehaven, 88 on Feb. 21 

McDonald's, 1755 Getwell Rd., South Park/E. Memphis, 87 on Feb. 23 

Four Sisters, 4580 Winchester Rd., Parkway Village/SE Memphis, 86 on Feb. 23 

Dixie Queen, 3141 Austin Peay Hwy, Raleigh, 86 on Feb. 22 

Krystal, 1688 Sycamore View Rd., Sycamore Square Mall Shopping Center/E. Memphis, 86 on Feb. 21 

Bryant's Breakfast, 3965 Summer Ave., Berclair/E. Memphis, 86 on Feb. 22 

China Garden, 3205 Coleman Ave., Binghampton/E. Memphis, 85 on Feb. 24 

Senor Taco, 5393 Knight Arnold Rd., Parkway Village/SE Memphis, 85 on Feb. 22 

Popeye's Chicken, 8449 Hwy. 51 N., Millington, TN, 84 on Feb. 23 

#1 Chinese Kitchen, 1219 Getwell Rd., U of M Park Ave. Campus Area, 84 on Feb. 23 

Mimi's Italian Café, 7546 Hwy. 70, Suite 112, Arlington, TN, 84 on Feb. 24 

Burger King, 6869 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 83 on Feb. 21 

McDonald's, 5255 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 82 on Feb. 23 

Nam King, 6496 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 81 on Feb. 21 

El Chapultepec, 2037 Exeter Rd., Germantown, TN, 81 on Feb. 23 

Lenny's Sub Shop, 1664 Sycamore View Rd., Sycamore Square Mall Shopping Center, East Memphis, 78 on Feb. 21 

Domino's Pizza, 7464 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 75 on Feb. 21 

Steak & Shake, 8477 Highway 64, Wolfchase Area/E. Memphis, 72 on Feb. 23 

CK's Coffee Shop, 5370 Winchester Rd., Mendenhall Square Shopping Center, Parkway Village/E. Memphis, 64 (FAILURE)

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