See how local eateries stacked up in this week's restaurant inspections. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, Flickr)

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

Nooga.com highlights any restaurant that scored a 90 percent or less. 

This week, we're trying something new and highlighting all restaurants that got a 100 on the first try. 

There is explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article.

Restaurant: Mexi-Wings VII 
Address: 5733 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 90 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including hands not clean/properly washed.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/1

Restaurant: Copeland Childcare 
Address: 2001 Raulston Ave. 
Score: Brought up from 90 to 100 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition. 
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 4/26

Restaurant: Fuji Steak & Sushi
Address:  5437 Highway 153
Score: Brought up from 90 to 95
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/25 

Restaurant: Champions Club at Hampton Creek
Address: 7502 Snowhill Road
Score: Brought up from 90 to 97. 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including handwashing sinks not properly supplied/accessible. 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/2 

Restaurant: Cloud Nine 
Address: 5600 Brainerd Road 
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/2 

Restaurant: Mr. Happy
Address: 3235 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98.  
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition. 
Follow-up required: No  
Date of inspection: 5/2 

Restaurant: McDonald's 
Address: 2003 Dayton Blvd. 
Score: 88 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical issues, including food not properly separated and protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/2 

Restaurant: Main Street Meats 
Address: 217 Main St. 
Score: Brought up from 76 to 96
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/27 

Restaurant: El Meson 
Address: 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. 
Score: Brought up from 82 to 92
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: 4/28 

Restaurant: Bar Louie 
Address: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 
Score: 87 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/26 

Restaurant: Saloon 75 Sur 
Address: 6175 Airways Blvd. 
Score: Brought up from 85 to 98
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/26

Restaurant: El Metate 3 
Address: 9332 Dayton Pike
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 4/26 

High score highlights 
These restaurants got a score of 100 without a follow-up inspection. 

  • Komatsu, 409 Signal Mountain Road 
  • Urban Lawn, 306 W. Main St. 
  • Notre Dame High School, 2701 Vermont Ave. 
  • 2 Sons Kitchen and Market, 422 E. M.L. King Blvd.
  • La Quinta, 7015 Shallowford Road 
  • Athena Inn, 2201 Park Drive 
  • Candy City, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Starbucks, 2217 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Bar Louie (bar), 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Chick-N-Nooga, 408 Fern Trail 
  • Monkey Town Donuts, 6955 McGinnis Ferry Road
  • Cookie Cow, 201 Broad St. 
  • Taqueria Jalisco, 1634 Rossville Ave.
  •  Miss Griffin's Foot Long Hot Dogs, 847 Main St. 
  • Thai Tea, 66 Angel Oak Way 
  • Park City Restaurant and Lounge, 624 E. Main St. 
  • Grilled Cheese Emergency, 2213 Polymer Drive 
  • Smoothie King, 1913 Gunbarrel Road 
  • Bojangles, 7987 E. Brainerd Road 
  • Berean Academy, 441 Berean Lane 
  • Casual Pint, 5550 Highway 153
  • Casual Pint (bar), 5550 Highway 153
  • Kiddie Land, 7810 Celeste Lane 
  • Burger King, 6236 Lee Highway
  • Big Chill (bar), 103 Cherokee Blvd. 


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.