Nooga.com highlights restaurant inspection scores weekly. (Photo: Karlis Dambrans, Flickr)

After a couple of slower holiday weeks, there are more restaurant scores to check out this week.

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: Heavenly Flavored Wings
Address: 5231 Brainerd Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 1/3

Restaurant: Crust Pizza
Address: 103 Signal Mountain Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/5

Restaurant: Subway
Address: 6510 Ringgold Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of management and employee awareness about health reporting.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/5

Restaurant: Heart Attack Shack
Address: 4345 Ringgold Road
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/4

Restaurant: Subway
Address: 212 Frazier Ave.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/3

Restaurant: Hardee’s
Address: 6305 Ringgold Road
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/5

Restaurant: Applebee’s
Address: 5606 Brainerd Road
Score: 83
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper hand washing.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/4

Restaurant: Baskin Robbins
Address: 4767 Highway 58
Score: 80
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper hand-washing. 
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 1/5

Restaurant: Beast + Barrel
Address: 16 Frazier Ave.
Score: Brought up from 80 to 95.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/5

High score highlights

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

  • Haven’s Diner, 4817  Highway 58
  • Goodman Coffee, 1110 Market St.
  • Domino’s Pizza, 5730 Highway 58
  • Tasty Donuts, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Planet Smoothie, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • The Bread Basket, 7804 East Brainerd Road
  • PF Chang’s, 2110 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Marco’s, 7794 East Brainerd Road
  • Domino’s Pizza, 3504 Dayton Blvd.
  • Burger King, 10180 Dayton Pike
  • Baskin Robbins, 625 Signal Mountain Road
  • Discovery Point, 5987 Hunter Road
  • Demetris Catering No. 1, 2, 4 and 6, 2103 Highland Park Ave.
  • Jerry’s Catering, 2103 Highland Park Ave.
  • High Haute Foods, 1900 Reggie White Blvd.
  • Chattanooga Kitchen, 1900 Reggie White Blvd.
  • Fiamma Pizza Co., 405 N. Market St.
  • Jack’s Sugar Shack, 50 Frazier Ave.
  • Diamond’s Billiards Lounge, 3600 Hixson Pike
  • Subway, 5922 Hixson Pike
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 5110 Hixson Pike

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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