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Project Green Fork Restaurant of the Month: Just For Lunch

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(WMC TV) - PROJECT GREEN FORK RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH:  Just For Lunch, Chickasaw Oaks Village Shopping Center, 3092 Poplar Ave., Chickasaw Oaks, East Memphis, 901-454-0755, Open 11:00 AM-2:30PM Mon-Sat.

Not since we featured the Trolley Stop Market have we enjoyed a restaurant that dedicates so many of its dishes to local food sources.

Its commitment to supporting and serving food from Mid-South farms is what earned Just For Lunch its Project Green Fork certification.

Beef from Donnell Century Farm in Jackson, TN. Roasted red peppers from the Memphis Farmers Market. Fruits and vegetables from Woodson Ridge Farms and grits from the Grit Girl of Oxford, MS. Brown rice from Stuttgart, AR.

"Every plate seems to have somebody's signature on it," said customer Alan Nathanson of Midtown Memphis. "It's just beautiful."

Ann Barnes has operated Just For Lunch for 32 years in three locations. Tucked away inside Chickasaw Oaks Village (don't look for a sign, just go inside), Barnes's helpful and hustling crew bake the restaurant's bread in-house. They serve dishes always fresh, always local.

"It's not frozen," said Barnes. "It didn't come in a big truck from California, and I promise you you're going to taste the difference."

We certainly did...with one bite of the Mediterranean salad with fried oysters, dipped in Just For Lunch's remoulade sauce and chased with a soup made from those farmers market roasted red peppers.

"The food is always fresh and delicious," said Carolyn Kalmowicz of East Memphis. Just For Lunch catered her wedding 11 years ago. "We opted for the pecan-crusted chicken. It was served in a beautiful way, and it was so fresh and delicious (with) wonderful vegetable and produce choices."

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Mediterranean Salad W/Fried Spicy Cornmeal Dusted Oysters, Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Bleu Cheese Benton Bacon Burger, Wild Salmon On Brown Basmati Rice.

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies, 6063 Hickory Hill Rd., Hickory Ridge Mall, 100 on Feb. 26 

TCBY, 3445 Poplar Ave., Dillard Square Shopping Center, East Memphis, 100 on Feb. 28 

Front St. Deli, 77 S. Front St., Downtown Memphis, 99 on Feb. 25 

Chez Phillippe, 149 Union Ave., The Peabody Hotel, 99 on Feb. 27 

Subway, 764 Mt. Moriah Rd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 98 on Feb. 27 

Solana of Germantown, 8199 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 98 on Feb. 27 

O'Taste & See Simply D'licious, 2045 E. Brooks Rd., Airport Area, 98 on Feb. 28 

Elena's Taco Shop, 6105 Hwy. 70, East Memphis, 97 on Feb. 28 

Val's Deli, 4646 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 97 on Feb. 28 

Gibson's Donuts, 760 Mt. Moriah Rd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 97 on Feb. 27 

Pizza Hut, 6090 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 97 on Feb. 26 

Taco Bell, 6210 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 97 on Feb. 26 

The Peabody Deli, 140 Union Ave., The Peabody Hotel, 97 on Feb. 27 

Leolia's Soul Food, 2904 Chelsea Ave., North Memphis, 96 on Feb. 25 

Bon Ton Café, 150 Monroe Ave., Downtown Memphis, 96 on Feb. 25 

Red Robin, 1231 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 96 on Feb. 26 

Cool Bliss, 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 96, date not listed 

Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits, 2235 Lamar Ave., Bethel Grove/South Memphis, 96 on Feb. 27 

Subway, 14 Timber Creek Dr., Cordova, TN, 96 on March 1 

Tropical Smoothie, 1779 Kirby Parkway, East Memphis, 95 on Feb. 28 

Abbay's, 2345 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 95 on Feb. 28 

TCBY, 674 Brookhaven Cr., White Station Area/East Memphis, 95 on Feb. 28 

El Mezcal, 402 Perkins Extd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 95 on Feb. 27 

Sonic Drive-In, 2460 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 95 on Feb. 27 

Capricio Café, 140 Union Ave., The Peabody Hotel, 95 on Feb. 27 

New China Chinese Restaurant, 10 Timber Creek Rd., Cordova, TN, 94 on March 1 

Noodle Star & Sushi Bar Restaurant, 6773 Stage Rd., Bartlett, TN, 94 on Feb. 25 

Blues City Café, 138 Beale St., Downtown Memphis, 94 on Feb. 28 

The Fillin Station, 6075 Winchester Rd., Hickory Ridge Mall, Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 94 on Feb. 26 

The Wing Factory, 2280 Park Ave., Orange Mound/South Memphis, 94 on Feb. 27 

Silly Goose, 100 Peabody Place, Downtown Memphis, 94 on Feb. 27 

Mr. Rusty's Taste of Chicago, 1859 Winchester Rd., Whitehaven, 93 on Feb. 26 

Crazy Noodle, 2015 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 93 on Feb. 26 

Whimsey Cookie Company, 5210 Pleasant View, East Memphis, 93 on Feb. 26 

Blue Monkey, 2012 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 93 on Feb. 26 

Jim-N-Nick's Bar-B-Q, 2359 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 93 on Feb. 28 

Palmer Mexican Restaurant, 4069 Summer Ave., Berclair/East Memphis, 93 on Feb. 26 

Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken, 3633 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 93 on Feb. 28 

152 Beale, 152 Beale St., Downtown Memphis, 92 on Feb. 28 

S&B Donuts, 4966 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 92 on Feb. 25 

Las Delicias, 5689 Quince Rd., East Memphis, 92 on Feb. 25 

The Dublin House, 2021 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 92 on Feb. 26 

Yum's Sandwich Shop, 2265 Park Ave., Orange Mound/South Memphis, 92 on Feb. 27 

Russo New York Pizzeria, 9087 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 92 on Feb. 27 

E's 24-Hour Café, 1308 Union Ave., Midtown/Medical District, 92 on Feb. 27 

El Mezcal, 7424 Hwy. 64, Bartlett, TN, 92 on Feb. 27 

The Cupboard, 1400 Union Ave., Midtown/Medical District, 92 on Feb. 28 

The Italian Rebel, 1636 Winchester Rd., Whitehaven, 92 on Feb. 26 

African Restaurant, 3275 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 92 on Feb. 28 

J. Alexander's Restaurant, 2670 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova/Wolfchase Area, 91 on Feb. 25 

Huey's, 1927 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 91 on Feb. 26 

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, 2600 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 91 on Feb. 27 

Bonefish Grill, 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 90, date not listed 

Dragon Buffet, 7065 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 90 on Feb. 26 

Bosco's Squared, 2120 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 90 on Feb. 28 

Memphis Incredible Pizza Co., 1245 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 89 on Feb. 25 

Sheridan's Latte & Frozen Custard, 6745 Stage Rd., border of East Memphis/Bartlett, 88 on Feb. 25 

La Hacienda, 3491 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 88 on Feb. 28 

Don Don's Hot Wings, 4591 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 88 on Feb. 28 

Neil's, 5727 Quince Rd., East Memphis, 87 on Feb. 25 

Poplar Perk'n, 4610 Poplar Ave., White Station Area/East Memphis, 86, date not listed 

New Lin Garden, 215 S. Pauline St., Midtown/Medical District, 86, date not listed 

Blue Fin, 135 S. Main St., Downtown Memphis, 84 on Feb. 27 

Hot Wings Express, 3303 Winchester Rd., Capleville/Airport Area, 84 on Feb. 26 

KFC, 6262 Winchester Rd., Hickory Hill/SE Memphis, 82 on Feb. 26 

Dixie Queen, 3141 Austin Peay Hwy, Raleigh, 79 on Feb. 27 

Church's Fried Chicken, 925 Poplar Ave., Medical District, 79, date not listed

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