Six local employees of the health department inspect thousands of area restaurants. (Photo: dunkin541, Flickr)

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

Nooga.com highlights any restaurant that scored a 90 percent or less, as well as those that got a perfect score on the initial inspection. 

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

Restaurant: Teriyaki House 
Address: 5908 Ringgold Road 
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/8 

Restaurant: Rain Thai Bistro 
Address: 6933 Lee Highway 
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/5 

Restaurant: Taqueria y Fonda la Bonita
Address: 1513 Central Ave. 
Score: Brought up from 89 to 100
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cooling time/temperature. 
Follow-up required: Done on same day as initial inspection 
Date of inspection: 5/3 

Restaurant: Central Park
Address: 2401 E. 23rd St.
Score: 88 
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/8

Restaurant: Tremont Tavern 
Address: 1203 Hixson Pike 
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Done on 5/9
Date of inspection: 5/2 

Restaurant: Food Works
Address: 206 Manufacturers Road 
Score: 87 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/5 

Restaurant: Bar Louie 
Address: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 
Score: Brought up from 87 to 99
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/4 

Restaurant: Avondale Head Start 
Address: 2302 Ocoee St. 
Score: 88 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/9 

Restaurant: Ankar’s 
Address: 510 Broad St. 
Score: Brought up from 88 to 97  
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper hot holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as initial inspection
Date of inspection: 5/8

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 6220 Lee Highway 
Score: 82 
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper date marking/disposition. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/9 

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

  • Clumpies Ice Cream Co. (carts Nos. 1 and 2), 26 Frazier Ave.
  • Puckett’s Gro. and Restaurant (bar), 2 Aquarium Way 
  • Piece-a-Cake, 9298 Apison Pike 
  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, 432 Market St. 
  • Wingate, 7312 Shallowford Road 
  • Rain Thai Bistro (bar), 6933 Lee Highway 
  • Domino’s Pizza, 8644 East Brainerd Road 
  • Applebee’s, 2213 Shallowford Road 
  • The Palms (bars Nos.1 and 2), 6925 Shallowford Road 
  • Cold Point 88, 1925 Gunbarrel Road 
  • Baylor School Student Center, 71 Baylor School Road 

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.