See how local eateries did on health department scores. (Photo: Dale Frost, Flickr)

Check out how area restaurants did this week on health inspections. 

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: Bluewater Grill 
Address: 224 Broad St.
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/13 

Restaurant: Kacey's Home Cooking 
Address: 6921 Lee Highway 
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper hot holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/17 

High score highlight 

Restaurant: Miss Griffin's Foot Long Hot Dogs

Address: 847 Main St. 

Score: 100 

Restaurant: Shangri-La
Address: 14 E. Seventh St. 
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of policy records about temperature management and about how long foods will be kept out.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/11 

Restaurant: Amigo Mexican Restaurant 
Address: 3805 Ringgold Road 
Score: Brought up from 89 to 100
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/11 

Restaurant: Mayo's Bar and Grill
Address: 3825 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used. 
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection 
Date of inspection: 4/18 

Restaurant: El Monterrey Mexican Restaurant 
Address: 531 Signal Mountain Road 
Score: 81 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/11 

Restaurant: Krystal 
Address: 621 Signal Mountain Road 
Score: Brought up from 81 to 96
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was management and food employees unaware of reporting responsibilities. 
Follow-up required: Done the day after original inspection
Date of inspection: 4/12

Restaurant: Bojangles'
Address: 4152 Ringgold Road 
Score: 78 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/11 

Restaurant: Krystal 
Address: 5901 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 73 to 95 
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/17 


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.