See how local eateries stacked up in this week’s restaurant inspections. (Photo: Olga Pavlovsky, Flickr)

Check out this week’s restaurant scores. 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: Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill
Address: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 2/6

Restaurant: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Address: 1505 N. Moore Road
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Date of inspection: 2/2

Restaurant: Chili’s Grill & Bar
Address: 408 Market St.
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original inspection
Date of inspection: 2/1

Restaurant: Domino’s Pizza
Address: 4155 Ringgold Road
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 2/5

Restaurant: Sweet Frog 
Address: 5756 Highway 153
Score: 77
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including lack of proper procedures to prevent contamination by hands.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 2/5

Restaurant: Belinda Sue’s
Address: 5600 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 75 to 95
Critical issues: No 
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 1/31

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

  • Subway, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Zaxby’s, 4815 Highway 58
  • Calvary Christian School, 4601 North Terrace
  • Subway, 10157 Dayton Pike
  • Childcare Network, 1043 Gray Drive
  • Greg’s Sandwich Works, 6337 East Brainerd Road
  • Sigler’s Craft Beer, 1309 Panorama Drive
  • Subway, 4220 Highway 58
  • Subway, 8142 East Brainerd Road
  • Mojo Burrito, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Lupi’s Pizza Pies, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Smoothie King, 5200 Highway 153
  • Mountain Oaks Catering, 9508 Church St.
  • Frogurt Land, 9408 Apison Pike
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs, 5975 Elementary Way
  • Smoothie King, 5975 Elementary Way
  • Home Away From Home, 118 Passons Road

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.