Nooga.com highlights restaurant inspection scores weekly. (Photo: Damian Siwiaszczyk, 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: McDonald’s
Address: 4502 Rossville Blvd.
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—including bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/5

Restaurant: Choo Choo BBQ
Address: 826 Appling St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes, one critical violation—lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/13

Restaurant: The Big Table
Address: 118 Cross St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/14

Restaurant: Waffle House
Address: 4343 Highway 58
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/18

Restaurant: Taco Roc
Address: 6960 Lee Highway
Score: 87
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/13

Restaurant: Aris at Harbor Lights
Address: 9718 Hixson Pike
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/13

Restaurant: Champion Christian Learning Academy
Address: 3661 Brainerd Road
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including hand-washing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/18

Restaurant: Nikki’s Drive-In
Address: 899 Cherokee Blvd.
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/13

Restaurant: Wimpie’s
Address: 9826 Dayton Pike
Score: 84
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/19

Restaurant: Red Roof Plus & Suites
Address: 2431 Williams St.
Score: 79
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 6/13

High score highlights

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

  • Heaven and Ale, 9431 Bradmore Lane
  • Plaza del Sol, 8119 E. Brainerd Road
  • The Feed Co. bar, 200 W. Main St.
  • Dish T’ Pass, 302 W. 6th St.
  • Hurricane Creek, 615 Hurricane Creek Road
  • Southern Adventist Cafeteria, 4870 Cafeteria Drive
  • Cambridge Square kiosk, 9439 Bradmore Lane
  • Slicks Burgers bar, 309 E. Main St.
  • Table South Kitchen and Bar, 2 Carter Plaza
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream mobile, 1406 Jenkins Road
  • Feed Table and Tavern, 200 W. Main St.
  • Rodizio Grill bar, 439 Broad St.
  • Sidetrack bar, 3514 Hixson Pike
  • Kenny’s Southside Sandwiches, 1251 Market St.
  • Lamont’s Catering, 801 Dodds 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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