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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Hog & Hominy earns national honor

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(WMC TV) - Two chefs. Two-time honorees on the Scorecard.

Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman just scored a huge hat trick.

GQ magazine food critic Alan Richman named Ticer and Hudman's newest restaurant Hog & Hominy, 707 W. Brookhaven Cr., as one of the Top 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013.

Richman praised Hog & Hominy's Southern-Italian fusion cuisine and its cocktail-driven, campy atmosphere. "Restaurants are rarely this original or this much fun," Richman wrote.

"We try to keep the food fun here," said Hudman. "This place is just meant to be a lot of fun."

Tuscany-style gourmet pizzas slide crispy out of the brick oven made from the bricks of the building's former chimney.

"In Tuscany, you would have one pizza all to yourself, and this is very similar to what we experienced over there," said customer and world-traveler Renee West of Germantown, TN.

The restaurant's charcutier makes sausage on site with pork from Myrtle, Missouri's Newman Farms. It makes for one heck of a hot dog when it's stuffed inside a pretzel bun flaked in kosher salt!

Restaurant Scorecard has already honored Ticer and Hudman as dual Chefs of the Week. Their original restaurant right across the street -- Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen - is a former Project Green Fork Restaurant of the Month.

"This is more casual, a little more loose atmosphere," said Cordova customer Michael Clauss, sipping a Yellow Snow cocktail as '50s rock hops through Hog & Hominy's sound system and parents trash-talk their kids on the outdoor bocce ball court. "It's really good atmosphere!"

Ticer and Hudman remain true to local food producers and farms. Beef, pork and produce all come from Mid-South sources.

The beer selection boasts Memphis brewers Ghost River and Brooklyn Brewery (with plans to stock High Cotton, too), as well as Nashville's Yazoo varieties.

"It kind of made sense to us, staying with our roots," Hudman said. "We do Andrew Michael Italian with Southern influence, and here, we just really try to do the local aspect."

WHAT ANDY LIKES: The Prewitt Pizza, Romaine Salad W/Chicken Cracklins, Beer Selection, Beef & Cheddar Dog, Brandade Plate (smoked catfish) 

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Curbside Casseroles, 5130 Wheelis Dr., White Station Area/East Memphis, 100 on March 14 (FOURTH TIME EARNING A PERFECT SCORE

Jason's Deli, 1585 Chickering Lane, Cordova, TN, 99, date not listed 

The Esplanade/Eclectic Memphis Catering, 901 Cordova Station Ave., 98 on March 12 

Subway, 6415 Summer Ave., Bartlett, TN, 98 on March 12 

Lenny's Sub Shop, 5643 E. Shelby Dr., Southeast Memphis, 97 on March 11 

Mellow Mushroom, 3075 Village Shops Dr., Germantown, TN, 97 on March 11 

Taco Bell, 911 Estate Dr., East Memphis, 97 on March 12 

Chick-Fil-A, 6282 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 97 on March 12 

Bob's Sports Bar & Grill, 2244 Whitten Rd., Hillshire/East Memphis, 97 on March 12 

Wing Kings, 2160 E. Raines Rd., Oakhaven/Airport Area, 96 on March 13 

Chili's, 8100 Giacosa Place, Wolfcreek Shopping Center/Wolfchase Area/Cordova, 96 on March 14 

Baskin Robbins, 4758 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 96 on March 11 

Church's Fried Chicken, 3077 N. Thomas St., Frayser, 96 on March 14 

Subway, 7199 Hwy. 64, Lakeland, TN, 96 on March 11 

El Puerto Mexican Grill, 775 S. Highland St., Orange Mound/South Memphis, 95 on March 12 

Francisco's Mexican Restaurant, 7772 Hwy. 51 N., Millington, TN, 95 on March 11 

Green China, 9435 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN, 95 on March 11 

Simply Fabulous, 300 Court Ave., Downtown Memphis, 95 on March 12 

Swanky's Taco Shop, 4770 Poplar Ave., White Station Area/East Memphis, 95 on March 12 

Wendy's, 4972 E. Shelby Dr., Southeast Memphis, 95 on March 15 

Subway, 3842 E. Shelby Dr., Southeast Memphis, 95 on March 15 

Evergreen Grill, 1545 Overton Park Ave., Vollintine/Evergreen/Midtown, 87 on March 13 

Applebee's, 2890 Bartlett Blvd., Bartlett, TN, 84 on March 12 

Quizno's, 2465 Whitten Rd., Hillshire/East Memphis, 83 on March 12 

Church's Fried Chicken, 2304 Chelsea Ave., North Memphis, 82 on March 11 

El Molino Mexican Restaurant, 6496 Summer Ave., Bartlett, TN, 80 on March 12 

Adline Hot Wing Express, 2736 Warford St., Frayser, 79 on March 11

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