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

Check out this week’s scores.

Two restaurants had scores in the 60s.

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: Flatiron Deli
Address: 706 Walnut St.
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/18

Restaurant: Central Park
Address: 2401 E. 23rd St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 4/20

Restaurant: Teriyaki House
Address: 5508 Ringgold Road
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes 
Date of inspection: 4/18

Restaurant: Little Mae’s Place
Address: 4717 Dayton Blvd.
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/23

Restaurant: Forbidden City
Address: 2273 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 84 
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/18

Restaurant: Sluggo’s North
Address: 505 Cherokee Blvd.
Score: 84
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures. 
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/19

Restaurant: American Legion Post 95
Address: 3329 Ringgold Road
Score: 84
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/20

Restaurant: Hennen’s
Address: 193 Chestnut St.
Score: Brought up from 85 to 95.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 4/19

Restaurant: Sky Zoo
Address: 5709 Lee Highway
Score: 82
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/20

Restaurant: Las Margaritas
Address: 1101 Hixson Pike
Score: Brought up from 75 to 94.
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 4/18

Restaurant: Bea’s Restaurant
Address: 4500 Dodds Ave.
Score: 68
Critical issues: Yes. Seven critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/19

Restaurant: New China Buffet and Grill
Address: 3450 Cummings Highway
Score: 61
Critical issues: Yes. Seven critical violations, including lack of proper handwashing.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 4/23

High score highlights

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

  • Hooter’s Lounge, 5912 Brainerd Road
  • Tailwind No. 1, 1001 Airport Road
  • Fairfield Inn, 2345 Shallowford Village Dr.
  • Austin’s Bar & Grill, 2407 Glass St.
  • Little Kings and Queens Childcare, 3414 1st Ave.
  • Captain D’s, 5001 Oak Hill Road
  • Nephews Bar and Grill, 4380 Dorris St.
  • Baymont Inn, 7015 Shallowford Road
  • Ichiban Steakhouse (bar), 5631 Brainerd 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.

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