Several restaurants raised their scores this week. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, 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: Burger King
Address: 2119 E. 23rd St.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 95
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: Done on same day as original inspection

Restaurant: Armando’s
Address: 7330 Hixson Pike
Score: Brought up from 90 to 95
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/7

Restaurant: Krystal 
Address: 4416 Highway 58
Score: Brought up from 88 to 95
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/4

Restaurant: Captain D’s
Address: 5001 Oak Hill Drive 
Score: Brought up from 88 to 93
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/4 

Restaurant: Saks Wing Shak
Address: 3911 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 88 to 99
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 8/4

Restaurant: New China Restaurant
Address: 3710 Ringgold Road
Score: 87 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including hand washing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 8/8

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 5611 Brainerd Road
Score: 86 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/4 

Restaurant: Mi Casa
Address: 3029 Rossville Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 85 to 92 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking/disposition.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection.
Date of inspection: 8/8

Restaurant: Asia Buffet
Address: 6901 Lee Highway
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 8/8 

Restaurant: Krystal
Address: 6300 Ringgold Road
Score: 85 
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical issues, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 8/7

Restaurant: Baskin Robbins
Address: 4767 Highway 58 
Score: Brought up from 79 to 94
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of knowledge about risk factors.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 8/4

Restaurant: Mr. Happy
Address: 3235 Brainerd Road
Score: 76 
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 8/3

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

  • Smoothie King, 5200 Highway 153
  • Rumors, 3884 Hixson Pike
  • Childcare Network, No. 124, 1043 Grays Road
  • Childcare Network, No. 108, 1602 Gunbarrel Road
  • Tree of Knowledge, 1430 Jenkins Road
  • Fat Boy’s Roadside Eats, 8106 Standifer Gap Road
  • Regal Cinemas, 2000 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Alexian Brothers PACE, 423 Cumberland St.
  • Nanas Childcare, 2706 Glenwood Ave.
  • Sunshine House, 1010 Gadd Road
  • Tweety’s Childcare, 22 Larchmont Ave.
  • The Passage, 3116 Brainerd Road
  • Taco Bell, 7304 Shallowford Road
  • Mad Philly, 5959 Shallowford Road
  • Starbucks, 1951 Gunbarrel Road
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, 2321 Lifestyle Way
  • Amy’s Dogs and More, 1000 Osage Drive

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.