Nooga.com highlights restaurant inspection scores weekly. (Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns, 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: Subway 
Address: 3461 Brainerd Road 
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/26 

Restaurant: Chattanooga Wing Co.
Address: 2109 McCallie Ave.
Score: Brought up from 83 to 96
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/20 

Restaurant: Nikki's Drive-In 
Address: 899 Cherokee Blvd. 
Score: Brought up from 84 to 96
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/26 

Restaurant: Lille Mae's Place 
Address: 4712 Dayton Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 89 to 94
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/26 

Restaurant: Tacos el Cuñao
Address: 5813 Lee Highway 
Score: Brought up from 78 to 95
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/24 

Restaurant: CiCi's Pizza 
Address: 200 Gunbarrel Road 
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was improper records or procedures about how long food will be kept.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/24 

Restaurant: Mt. Vernon Restaurant
Address: 1707 Cummings Highway 
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food not properly separated/protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/25 

Restaurant: Uncle Larry's Hot Fish 
Address: 4767 Highway 58 
Score: 88 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/25 

Restaurant: Sonic 
Address: 6915 Shallowford Road 
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/25 

Restaurant: Neighborhood Christian Child Care 
Address: 3661 Brainerd Road 
Score: 82 
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/25

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

  • The Catering Cos. of Chattanooga, 6727 Heritage Business Court 
  • Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, 6623 Lee Highway 
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2345 Shallowford Village Drive 
  • Days Inn, 2350 Shallowford Village Drive 
  • Molcajete Mexican Restaurant (bar), 6231 Perimeter Drive 
  • Seoul Cuisine, 6231 Perimeter Drive 
  • Lupi's Pizza Pies, 9453 Bradmore Lane
  • Subway, 9321 Lee Highway 
  • The Next Door, 100 Moccasin Bend Road 
  • Signal Mountain Cookie Lady, 1217 Taft Highway 


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.