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

Check out this week’s scores.

The low score was a 67.

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: Ridgedale Baptist Church
Address: 1831 Hickory Valley Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/26

Restaurant: Crust Pizza
Address: 3211 S. Broad St.
Score: 89 
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/26

Restaurant: Mexi-Wing
Address: 6925 Shallowford Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 3/26

Restaurant: Dixie BBQ
Address: 1530 Boyscout Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 3/26

Restaurant: Jason’s Deli
Address: 2115 Gunbarrel Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/23

Restaurant: Juice Bar
Address: 502 N. Market St.
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/23

Restaurant: Famous Dave’s
Address: 2122 Gunbarrel Road
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97.
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/23

Restaurant: Krystal
Address: 2204 E. 23rd St.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/27

Restaurant: Sunshine House
Address: 1010 Gadd Road
Score: Brought up from 85 to 95
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations including, food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 3/26

Restaurant: Maple Street Biscuit Co.
Address: 2110 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/21

Restaurant: Sitar Indian Restaurant
Address: 200 Market St.
Score: Brought up from 82 to 97.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/23

Restaurant: Track’s End
Address: 3435 Amincola Highway
Score: 82 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 3/22

Restaurant: AFC Sushi at Erlanger
Address: 975 E. 3rd St.
Score: 81
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including handwashing sinks not properly supplied/accessible
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 3/27

Restaurant: IHOP
Address: 5814 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 79 to 96.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 3/23

Restaurant: Waffle House
Address: I-24 and U.S. 11, 40 Birmingham Highway
Score: 67
Critical issues: Yes.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 3/26

High score highlights

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

  • Orange Grove School cafeteria, 615 Derby St.
  • Ooltewah Elementary, 8890 Snowy Owl Road
  • Honors Course Lounge, 9601 Lee Highway
  • Mill Creek Country Day Care, 5304 Hunter Road
  • Brainerd High School cafeteria, 1020 N. Moore Road
  • Chattanooga State Coffee, 4501 Amnicola Highway
  • Towne Place Suites, 7010 McCutcheon Road
  • Tucker Roo Express, 2104 Highland Park
  • The Blooming Pot, 1315 Dodds Ave.
  • A Mother’s Love, 1389 Gunbarrel Road
  • Soddy-Daisy Elementary School, 260 School St.
  • Mama Crunk’s Pie, 109 N. Germantown Road
  • BBQ Andy’s, 106 Karen Drive

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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