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

Check out this week’s 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.

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There is more explanation/context about the inspections at the end of this article.

Restaurant: Plant Power Café
Address: 6215 Lee Highway
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/10

Restaurant: Home Slice Pizza
Address: 2000 E. 23rd St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including handwashing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/6

Restaurant: Hardee’s
Address: 9348 Reco Drive
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/6

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 9401 Reco Drive
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/6

Restaurant: Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
Address: 4008 St. Elmo Ave.
Score: 88
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 4/5

Restaurant: Mellow Mushroom
Address: 205 Broad St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/9

Restaurant: Mexiville Mexican Restaurant
Address: 309 Market St.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/4

Restaurant: AFC Sushi at Erlanger
Address: 975 E. 3rd St.
Score: Brought up from 81 to 98.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No 
Date of inspection: 4/6

Restaurant: Waffle House
Address: I-24 and U.S. 11, 40 Birmingham Highway
Score: Brought up from 67 to 96.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 4/9

High score highlights

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

  • 2 Sons Kitchen & Market, 422 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • El Metate lounge, 5922 Hixson Pike
  • Hampton Inn, 2014 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • Chocolate Bar, 8174 East Brainerd Road
  • 21st Century Children, 2503 Bailey Ave.
  • Southside Pizza, 612 E. Main St.
  • Virginia College, 721 Eastgate Loop
  • Brainerd Golf snack bar, 5203 Old Mission Road
  • Memorial Hospital child care, 2525 Desales Ave.
  • Moe’s Original BBQ, 221 Market St.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 2341 Shallowford Village
  • Mary’s Lounge, 2125 McCallie Ave.
  • Notre Dame High School, 2701 Vermont Ave.

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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