Nooga.com highlights restaurant inspection scores weekly. (Photo: Damian Siwiaszczyk, Flickr)

Check out this week’s restaurant scores.

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: Southside Saloon & Bistro
Address: 1301 Chestnut St.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 95
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper date marking/disposition.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 9/12

Restaurant: Shoney’s
Address: 2318 Shallowford Village Drive
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 9/12

Restaurant: Public House
Address: 1110 Market St.
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 9/11

Restaurant: New China
Address: 1900 S. Broad St.
Score: Brought up from 89 to 91 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 9/7

Restaurant: Haiku Hibachi
Address: 5318 Ringgold Road
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 9/6

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 3413 Amnicola Highway
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including hand washing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 9/6

Restaurant: KFC 
Address: 2501 S. Broad St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 9/8

Restaurant: Logan’s Roadhouse
Address: 3592 Cummings Highway
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was that the person in charge did not demonstrate knowledge about health department guidelines.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 9/5

Restaurant: Beef ‘O’Brady’s
Address: 5958 Snow Hill Road
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 9/7

Restaurant: McConnell Elementary School
Address: 8629 Camp Columbus Road
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 9/7

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

  • The Main Squeeze Juice Bar, 7550 East Brainerd Road
  • Mad Philly Sandwich Shop, 5959 Shallowford Road
  • East Brainerd Elementary School, 7660 East Brainerd Road
  • America’s Best Value Inn, 7638 Lee Highway
  • Wendy’s, 5596 Hixson Pike
  • Blooming Pot Daycare and Learning Center, 1315 Dodds Ave.
  • East Side Elementary School, 1603 S. Lyerly St.
  • Center for Engineering, Arts and Sciences, 4501 Amnicola 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.

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