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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Leolia's Soul Food, plus scores

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You'll still smile after your experience at Leolia's Soul Food. You'll still smile after your experience at Leolia's Soul Food.
Owner and cook Cheri Scruggs opened Leolia's Soul Food in January. It's named after her great-grandmother Leolia Phillips. Owner and cook Cheri Scruggs opened Leolia's Soul Food in January. It's named after her great-grandmother Leolia Phillips.
NORTH MEMPHIS -

(WMC TV) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Leolia's Soul Food, 2904 Chelsea Ave., North Memphis (Hollywood neighborhood), (901) 590-2409 (CURRENT HEALTH SCORE: 96).

Get here early. Get here late. It doesn't matter.

You will stand in line. You will wait. It doesn't matter.

You'll still smile after your experience at Leolia's Soul Food.

"Best restaurant in North Memphis!" squealed daily customer Carolyn Settles of North Memphis.

Owner and cook Cheri Scruggs opened Leolia's Soul Food in January. It's named after her great-grandmother Leolia Phillips. She died in 2011 at the age of 96.

"Up until the age of 91, she worked and she cooked every day, and so she taught me how to cook," Scruggs said. "So I felt it was only fair for me to name my restaurant after her."

After her great-grandmother's own heart, Scruggs adores her customers, especially children. She makes the kids homemade ice cream and sno-cones shaved in-house -- sometimes only requesting a "thank you, ma'am" as payment.

Moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas dig Scruggs' burgers, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, meatloaf -- and her "soul food lasagna."

"Soul food lasagna? That means Mom makes it," said regular Tely Thomas of North Memphis. "Italian lasagna? I never had an Italian mom, so I wouldn't know!"

Don't ask. Scruggs isn't giving up that recipe.

Just order the lasagna with two veggie sides. She might throw in one of those sno-cones.

WHAT ANDY LIKES: Soul Food Lasagna, Chitterlings, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Oreo Chocolate Cake.

HIGH SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Ralph's Bar & Grill, 5162 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 97 on May 24 

Café 1912, 243 S. Cooper St., Cooper-Young/Midtown Memphis, 96 on May 22 

Dru's Place, 1474 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 96 on May 22 

Big Boyz Bar & Grill, 1126 Springdale St., North Memphis, 96 on May 21 

Square Beans Coffee, 100 N. Center St., Collierville, TN, 96 on May 20 

Pizza Hut Delivery, 875 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 96 on May 22

LOW SCORES OF THE WEEK:

China Inn II, 2829 Covington Pike, East Memphis, 75 on May 20 

Fuji Japanese Express, 1046 Church Rd. West, Southaven, MS, "C"-grade on May 21 

   - Proper Food Temperatures "not observed"

   - "Insects, Rodents & Animals (Not In Compliance)"

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