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: Scottie’s on the River
Address: 495 Riverfront Parkway
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/6

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 1735 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 6/7

Restaurant: St. John’s Restaurant
Address: 1278 Market St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/7

Restaurant: Biba’s Café
Address: 2000 Sequoyah Access Road
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/5

Restaurant: Chattanooga Golf and Country Club
Address: 1511 Riverview Road
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cooling time and temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/12

Restaurant: River Street Deli
Address: 151 River St.
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 6/7

Restaurant: Sonic
Address: 3907 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of good hygienic practices.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 6/8

Restaurant: Golden Corral
Address: 1808 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/8

Restaurant: Blvd. Smokehouse
Address: 3244 Wilcox Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 83 to 100
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 6/7

Restaurant: Rob’s
Address: 5308 Dayton Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 77 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 6/8

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

  • Starbucks Northshore, 20 Cherokee Blvd.
  • Chicken-w-Bones, 6227 Lee Highway
  • Clumpies Ice Cream Co., 1701 Market St.
  • Coin-Op, 233 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • Kuma One, 6025 Brainerd Road
  • Hour Place, 960 E. 3rd St.
  • Belaire Catering, 7324 Noah Reid Road
  • Sno Bix, 7703 Hixson Pike

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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