Check out how area restaurants scored this week. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, 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.

We note critical violations because those are the ones that are more likely to lead to illness.

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There is more explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article. 

Restaurant: Logan’s Roadhouse
Address: 2119 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/28

Restaurant: Applebee’s
Address: 5606 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 11/29

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 9401 Reco Drive
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/21

Restaurant: Taqueria Jalisco
Address: 1634 Rossville Ave.
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 11/29

Restaurant: E-Kids Learning Center
Address: 1043 Blackford St.
Score: Brought up from 84 to 98
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 11/19

High score highlights

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

  • Finley Catering, 1826 Carter St.
  • Bones, 1826 Carter St.
  • Valleybrook Lounge, 180 Valleybrook Road
  • Rolling J’s, 1826 Carter St.
  • Papa John’s Pizza, 1826 Carter St.
  • BBQ Andy’s, 106 Karen Drive
  • Subway, 3461 Brainerd Road
  • Finley Concessions (north), 1826 Carter St.
  • Finley Concessions (south), 1826 Carter 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.

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