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: Shogun
Address: 1806 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper handwashing.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/3

Restaurant: The Meeting House
Address: 3912 Dayton Blvd.
Score: Brought up from 86 to 96
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper hot holding temperatures
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 7/7

Restaurant: Wings Town
Address: 1805 E. 23rd St.
Score: 88
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—toxic substances not properly identified/stored/used.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/10

Restaurant: Fuji
Address: 5437 Highway 153
Score: 85
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including handwashing sinks not properly supplied/accessible.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/9

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 156 Browns Ferry Road
Score: 74
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/9

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

  • Amigos, 1906 Dayton Blvd.
  • Fiama Pizza Co., 405 N. Market St.
  • Lone Star Sweet, 7600 Runyan 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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