Check out this week’s health 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, 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: Scenic City Catering 
Address:  750 James Blvd.
Score: Brought up 90 to 100
Critical issues: Yes. One critical issue, which was toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: Done on same day as original inspection

Restaurant: Alleia 
Address: 25 E. Main St. 
Score: 86 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cooling times/temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/1 

Restaurant: Mike’s Smokehouse 
Address: 3147 S. Broad St. 
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods or lack of alternative procedure. 
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/31

Restaurant: East Ridge Resident Kitchen 
Address: 1417 N. Mack Smith Road 
Score: 88 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper date marking/disposition. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/30

Restaurant: Mexiville 
Address: 809 Market St.
Score: 87 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/31 

Restaurant: Waffle House 
Address: 7705 Lee Highway 
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly separated/protected. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/31

Restaurant: Waffle House 
Address: 6007 Shallowford Road 
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 6/6 

Restaurant: Little Caesars 
Address: 3728 Ringgold Road 
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 6/1 

Restaurant: Porto Fino 
Address: 6407 Ringgold Road 
Score: 83 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/30 

Restaurant: Hunan Wok I
Address: 2201 E. 23rd St. 
Score: 82 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food not in good/safe/unadulterated condition upon arrival from supplier. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 6/1 

Restaurant: China Gourmet 
Address: 321 Browns Ferry Road 
Score: 80 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking/disposition. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 6/2 

Restaurant: China King 
Address: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 
Score: 77 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 6/5 

Restaurant: Choo-Choo Bar-B-Que 
Address: 5936 Quintus Loop
Score: Brought up from 75 to 92
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/26

Restaurant: Taqueria Jalisco 
Address: 1634 Rossville Ave. 
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 5/31 

Restaurant: Sekisui 
Address: 1120 Houston St. 
Score: 63 
Critical issues: Yes. Eight critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 5/31 

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

  • Moss’ Place, 709 Tunnel Blvd. 
  • Come Clean Hawaiian Shaved Ice (Happy’s House), 9157 W. Minister Circle
  • Alleia (bar), 25 E. Main St. 
  • Barley, 235 E. MLK Blvd. 
  • Christy’s Sports Bar, 3469 Brainerd Road 
  • BBQ Rowe, 1119 Richard Ave. 
  • S&D Catering, 2103 S. Highland Park 
  • Hibachi and Wings, 6933 Lee Highway 
  • Brown Acres golf course, 4016 Brown Road 
  • Rosselli’s Pizzeria, 1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road 
  • Chattanooga Salad Co., 7425 Commons Blvd. 
  • Krystal, 6100 Lee Highway 
  • Southern Sno Biz, 7703 Hixson Pike 
  • Overlook Grill, 1511 Riverview Road 
  • Fairway Grill, 1511 Riverview Road 
  • Men’s Grill, 1511 Riverview Road 
  • Regan’s Place, 1513 Market St. 
  • Velo Coffee Cart, 509 Main St. 

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.