See which restaurants did the best and worst this week. (Photo: Dale Frost, Flickr)

Check out who raised scores this week and other restaurant evaluations. 

Nooga.com highlights any restaurant that scored a 90 percent or less, and there is explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article. 

Restaurant: 212 Market 
Address: 212 Market St.
Score: 96 
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 12/20

High score highlight 

Restaurant: Chattanooga Community Kitchen 

Address: 727 11th St. 

Score: 100 

Notes: Employees washing hands between tasks, gloves worn while serving 

Restaurant: New China Buffet and Grill 
Address: 
531 Signal Mountain Road, Suite 108
Score: 
Brought up from 87 to 92
Critical issues: 
No
Follow-up required: 
No 
Date of inspection: 
Conducted on same day as original inspection

Restaurant: Smokey Bones
Address: 2225 Gunbarrel Road 
Score: Brought up from 90 to 100 
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 12/23 

Restaurant: Nineteenth Hole
Address: 6801 Middle Valley Road
Score: Brought up from 88 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 12/9 

Restaurant: Fuji Steak & Sushi
Address: 2207 Overnite Drive 
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 12/22 

Restaurant: 58 Teriyaki 
Address: 4762 Highway 58 
Score: 81 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 12/22 

Restaurant: Endzone 
Address: 3658 Ringgold Road
Score: 68 
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including toxic substances not properly stores/identified/used. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 12/22 


About the inspections 
About six people with the health department are responsible for inspecting everything from pools and schools to restaurants and special events, such as Riverbend.

Although the number fluctuates as businesses open and close, officials estimated there are about 1,700 restaurants in Hamilton County. Each one has two unannounced inspections a year.

The reports are divided into two sections—critical and noncritical. 

Violations in the critical categories likely demand a follow-up, unless operators can correct the situation right then. For violations that can't be resolved quickly, restaurants have 10 days to correct them. 

A follow-up report isn't totally representative of how a restaurant did, because they could have gotten a 70 the first time and then 10 days later corrected the problems and raised the score to a 90.

Members of the public often wonder why restaurants with low scores aren't immediately shut down, but inspectors can only do that if there is an "imminent health hazard," such as sewage backup. 

Another misconception is about "failing" grades. A score of 55 is bad, but the restaurant gets 10 days to bring it up. If the restaurant doesn't bring the score up, officials can initiate a closure process, although that is rare.