See how local restaurants did in recent health inspections. (Photo: Damian Siwiaszczyk, 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: Arby's 
Address: 
4766 Highway 58 
Score: 
89 
Critical issues: 
No 
Follow-up required: 
No 
Date of inspection: 
7/10 

Restaurant: Church of God camp 
Address: 4400 Hassler Road 
Score: 
Brought up from 89 to 94
Critical issues: 
No 
Follow-up required: 
No 
Date of inspection: 
6/30 

Restaurant: The Terminal Brewhouse 
Address: 1464 Market St.  
Score: 87 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods or lack of approved alternative to bare hand contact. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 7/10 

Restaurant: Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Address: 222 Broad St. 
Score: 86 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cold holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 7/7 

Restaurant: Read House main kitchen 
Address: 827 Broad St. 
Score: Brought up from 85 to 94
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of consumer advisory for raw and undercooked foods.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as initial inspection
Date of inspection: 7/11 

Restaurant: Heart Attack Shack 
Address: 4345 Ringgold Road 
Score: 83 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used. 
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 7/10 

Restaurant: Hardee's
Address: 6305 Ringgold Road 
Score: 81 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 7/10 

Restaurant: Chattanooga Smoke House 
Address: 416 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. 
Score: Brought up from 85 to 95
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as initial inspection
Date of inspection: 7/6 

Restaurant: Asia Buffet 
Address: 6901 Lee Highway 
Score: Brought up from 87 to 92
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 7/3 

Restaurant: Dosa Hut 
Address: 6940 Lee Highway 
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 7/3 

Restaurant: Tiny Tigers Learning Center
Address: 1200 Holtzclaw Ave.
Score: 90 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper date marking/disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 7/6 

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

  • Mountain Oaks, 9508 Church St. 
  • Best Beginnings, 2029 Hickory Valley Road 
  • Zaxby's, 7328 Shallowford Road 
  • Sweet Frog, 2288 Gunbarrel Road 
  • Panda Express, 2260 Gunbarrel Road 
  • O'Charley's (lounge), 5031 Hixson Pike
  • Firehouse Subs, 9032 Old Lee Highway 
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream, 7738 Standifer Gap 
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream No. 2, 7738 Standifer Gap 
  • Subway, 6429 Lee Highway 
  • Beast + Barrel (bar), 16 Frazier Ave.

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.