Check out how area restaurants scored this week. (Photo: Pixaby, MGNOnline)

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: Terminal Brewhouse
Address: 1464 Market St.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cooling time and temperature.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/16

Restaurant: New China
Address: 8530 Hixson Pike
Score: 86
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/16

Restaurant: McDonald’s
Address: 1117 E. 3rd St.
Score: 83
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/17

Restaurant: Taco Bell
Address: 3151 S. Broad St.
Score: 82
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/12

Restaurant: The Bitter Alibi
Address: 825 Houston St.
Score: 82
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/16

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

  • Taziki’s, 2020 Gunbarrel Road
  • Five Guys, 2020 Gunbarrel Road
  • Sugar B’s Tea Bar, 71 Rose Clark Terrace
  • Planet Smoothie, 1414 Jenkins Road
  • Marco’s, 7794 E. Brainerd Road
  • Rib & Loin, 5435 Highway 153
  • Jet’s Pizza, 3600 Hixson Pike
  • Everyday Is Sunday, 3004 Dodson Avenue
  • Kids Korner, 701 Dodds Ave.
  • Patricks, 1, 2, 4, 5, 3643 Hixson Pike
  • Pizza Hut delivery, 5920 Main St., Ootlewah
  • Lakeshore Grill lounge, 5600 Lake Resort Terrace
  • Ichiban lounge, 5425 Highway 153

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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