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

Check out this week’s scores.

The low score was a 64.

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.

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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: Jason’s Deli
Address: 2115 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/19

Restaurant: IHOP
Address: 5113 Highway 153
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/14

Restaurant: Arby’s
Address: 8514 Hixson Pike
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/15

Restaurant: Taqueria Jalisco
Address: 850 Market St.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 3/19

Restaurant: El Monterey Mexican
Address: 531 Signal Mountain Road
Score: Brought up from 85 to 97.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/14

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 2003 Dayton Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 85 to 90.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/14

Restaurant: IHOP
Address: 5814 Brainerd Road
Score: 79
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/14

Restaurant: Chattanooga Brewing Co. kitchen
Address: 1804 Chestnut St.
Score: 79
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/16

Restaurant: China Cafeteria
Address: 511 Market St.
Score: Brought up from 79 to 95.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/19

Restaurant: 2 Squares A Day
Address: 3399 Amnicola Highway
Score: 76
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/20

Restaurant: Southern Star
Address: 1300 Broad St.
Score: Brought up from 75 to 95.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/19

Restaurant: Thai Esan
Address: 4320 Ringgold Road
Score: 64
Critical issues: Yes. Seven critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 3/16

High score highlights

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

  • Mad Philly, 5959 Shallowford Road
  • Red Bank High School, 670 Morrison Springs Road
  • Sweet Angel Cakes, 6331 East Brainerd Road
  • Courtyard Marriot, 2210 Burns Drive
  • Tennessee Aquarium catering, 1 Broad St.
  • Kids World, 1905 Tunnel Blvd.
  • Creative Catering by Kim, 6331 E. Brainerd Road
  • Residence Inn conference, 2340 Center St.
  • California Smothered Burrito, 5750 Lake Resort
  • Residence Inn breakfast, 2340 Center St.
  • Plaza Refreshment Center, 2 Aquarium Way
  • Ichiban lounge, 5425 Highway 153
  • The Casual Pint, 550 Highway 153
  • These Girls Cook, 6331 East Brainerd Road
  • Collegedale Academy, 4955 College East Drive
  • The Happy Carrot, 6331 East Brainerd Road
  • Jack and Jill child care, 4501 Norcross Road
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 819 Chestnut St.
  • Hixson Elementary, 5950 Winding Lane

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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