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

Check out this week’s scores.

The low score was a 65.

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: Waffle House
Address: 4903 Brainerd Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/10

Restaurant: China King
Address: 3100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 89 to 93.
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food not properly protected/separated.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 5/17

Restaurant: Heavenly Flavored Wings
Address: 1263 E. 3rd St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including hands not properly cleaned/washed.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/18

Restaurant: Sarku Japan
Address: 2011 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/17

Restaurant: Burger King
Address: 5605 Little Debbie Parkway
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98.
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/21

Restaurant: Prestige Daycare
Address: 3511 Rossville Blvd.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/17

Restaurant: Scenic City Catering
Address: 1900 Reggie White Blvd.
Score: 84
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/18 

Restaurant: Nooga Q
Address: 301 Signal Mountain Road
Score: 84
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/17

Restaurant: Subway
Address: 3641 Brainerd Road
Score: 75
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including hands not clean or properly washed.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/17

Restaurant: Tacos El Cunao
Address: 5813 Lee Highway
Score: 65
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including hand-washing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/22

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

  • Chattanooga Salad Co., 7425 Commons Blvd.
  • Honey & Hive Baking & Catering Co., 5616 Highway 60
  • Greg’s Sandwich Works (mobile), 6337 E. Brainerd Road
  • Dave’s BBQ, 12914 Highway 58
  • Bayou Bites, 7543 Leemont Drive
  • Creekside, 7511 Shallowford Road
  • Park City Restaurant, 624 E. Main St.
  • Legacy Food Service, 109 Germantown Road
  • Two Ten Jack (bar), 1110 Market St.
  • Food Express T. Mobile, 6730 Customer Delight Drive
  • Pork ‘N’ Beans, 1900 Reggie White Blvd.
  • Simply Savory Events, 6401 Hixson Pike
  • Lee’s Armandos, 8018 E. Brainerd Road
  • Kids R Kids, 6863 Big Ridge 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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