We only have high score highlights this week. (Photo: Dale Frost, Flickr)

This week, we only have top scores to highlight. 

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. 

Click here for last week's scores. 

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

  • Southern Belle (bar No. 3), 1 Ross's Landing 
  • Council Fire (golf club), 100 Council Fire Drive 
  • Council Fire (cabana), 100 Council Fire Drive 
  • Lakeshore Grille (lounge), 5600 Lake Resort Terrace 
  • Patrick's No. 1 (mobile unit), 3644 Hixson Pike
  • Patrick's No. 3 (mobile unit), 3644 Hixson Pike
  • Patrick's No. 4 (mobile unit), 3644 Hixson Pike
  • Patrick's No. 5 (mobile unit), 3644 Hixson Pike
  • Red Lobster (lounge), 2131 Northgate Park 

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.