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.

We note critical violations because those are the ones that are more likely to lead to illness. There is more explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article.

Restaurant: Wendy’s
Address: 5200 Brainerd Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 12/4

Restaurant: Central Park
Address: 2401 E. 23rd St.
Score: 90
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 11/22

Restaurant: Logan’s Roadhouse
Address: 2119 Gunbarrel Road
Score: Brought up from 90 to 95
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 12/5

Restaurant: Mountain City Club
Address: 725 Chestnut St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food not received from source in good/safe/unadulterated condition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/29

Restaurant: Ankar’s Hoagies
Address: 599 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 12/4

Restaurant: Aretha Frankenstein’s
Address: 518 Tremont St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was a lack of consumer advisory about raw/undercooked food.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 12/4

Restaurant: Sonic
Address: 4248 Ringgold Road
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was a lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 12/4

Restaurant: Mike’s Smokehouse
Address: 3147 S. Broad St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/21

Restaurant: Plaza Food Court
Address: 2 Aquarium Way
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was a lack of employee awareness about health department rules.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 12/4

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 9401 Reco Drive
Score: Brought up from 86 to 95
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 11/29

Restaurant: Innside Restaurant
Address: 800 Chestnut St.
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was a lack of proper date marking/disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/29

Restaurant: Hunan Wok I
Address: 2201 E. 23rd St.
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, which was food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/22

Restaurant: Sekisui
Address: 1120 Houston St.
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including lack of proper date marking/disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 11/21

High score highlights

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

  • Smoothie King, 1913 Gunbarrel Road
  • Seoul Restaurant, 6231 Perimeter Drive
  • Heaven and Ale, 9431 Bradmore Lane
  • Tendercare University, 1601 Agnes Ave.
  • Staybridge Suites (breakfast), 1800 Carter St.
  • Cranberry Cupboard at Roadtec, 800 Manufacturers Road
  • Little Caesars, 4632 Highway 58
  • The Catering Cos., 6727 Heritage Business Court
  • Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (lounge), 2006 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Taqueria Jalisco (mobile), 1634 Rossville Ave.
  • A Mother’s Love, 1350 Gunbarrel Road
  • Repicci’s Italian Ice, 8010 Dancing Fern Trail

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.