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

Check out this week’s scores.

The low score was a 62.

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: Brought up from 90 to 99
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/21

Restaurant: Armando’s Restaurant
Address: 1814 E. Main St.
Score: Brought up from 88 to 93
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 6/1

Restaurant: Heavenly Flavored Wings
Address: 1263 E. 3rd St.
Score: Brought up from 88 to 98
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/24

Restaurant: River Street Deli
Address: 151 River St.
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/31

Restaurant: Southern Belle (main kitchen)
Address: 201 Riverfront Parkway
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/30

Restaurant: Blvd. Smokehouse
Address: 3244 Wilcox Blvd.
Score: 83
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/24

Restaurant: Dub’s Place
Address: 4408 Dayton Place
Score: Brought up from 82 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/30

Restaurant: Rob’s
Address: 5308 Dayton Blvd.
Score: 77
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 5/31

Restaurant: Tacos El Cunao
Address: 5813 Lee Highway
Score: Brought up from 65 to 92
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 5/31

Restaurant: China Garden
Address: 4889 Highway 58
Score: 62
Critical issues: Yes. Five critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/1

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

  • Old Saigon, 2601 Dayton Blvd.
  • Stuart Heights, 8218 Social Circle
  • B&F Catering, 5305 Mountain Creek Road
  • Southern Belle Bar No. 1 and 2, 201 Riverfront Parkway
  • Taqueria Jalisco, 1634 Rossville Ave.
  • The Catering Companies, 6727 Heritage Business Court
  • Cake Man Catering, 3244 Wilcox Blvd.
  • First Little Friends Daycare, 6219 Vance 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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