Nooga.com highlights restaurant inspection scores weekly. (Photo: Damian Siwiaszczyk, 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: Los 3 Amigos
Address: 3536 Cummings Highway
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food not properly separated/protected.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/2

Restaurant: Hi-Fi Clyde’s
Address: 122 W. Main St.
Score: Brought up from 90 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 8/3

Restaurant: Erlanger East
Address: 1751 Gunbarrel Road
Score: 90
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/6

Restaurant: Chambliss Center for Children
Address: 315 Gillespie Road
Score: Brought up from 90 to 100
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/6

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 5611 Brainerd Road
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/6

Restaurant: Sofa King Juicy Burger
Address: 1943 Dayton Blvd.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. One critical violation—lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/31

Restaurant: Mexiville Mexican Restaurant
Address: 103 Cherokee Blvd.
Score: 89
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/2

Restaurant: McAlister’s Deli
Address: 541 Signal Mountain Road
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Three critical violations, including lack of proper cooling time and temperatures.
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/6

Restaurant: La Altena
Address: 615 Commercial Lane
Score: Brought up from 87 to 97
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 7/31

Restaurant: Chicken Salad Chick
Address: 975 E. 3rd St.
Score: 83
Critical issues: Yes. Four critical violations, including food contact surfaces not properly cleaned/sanitized.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 7/30

Restaurant: Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro
Address: 26 E Main St.
Score: Brought up from 83 to 96
Critical issues: No
Follow-up required: No
Date of inspection: 8/1

Restaurant: Huddle House
Address: 5611 Brainerd Road
Score: Brought up from 89 to 99
Critical issues: Yes. Two critical violations including lack of proper cold holding temperatures.
Follow-up required: Done on same day as original
Date of inspection: 8/6

Restaurant: China Moon
Address: 5600 Brainerd Road
Score: 67
Critical issues: Yes. Seven critical violations, including lack of proper date marking and disposition.
Follow-up required: Yes
Date of inspection: 8/7

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

  • Chick-fil-A, 975 E. 3rd St.
  • Lupi’s Pizza Pie, 5506 Hixson Pike
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, 2321 Lifestyle Way
  • The Shiney Penny, 20 Belvoir Ave.
  • Federal Bake Shop, 1966 Northpoint Blvd.
  • Marco’s Pizza, 5978 Snowhill Road
  • Starbucks, 1951 Gunbarrel Road
  • Tivoli Concessions, 709 Broad St.
  • Subway, 6429 Lee Highway
  • Zaxby’s, 7328 Shallowford Road
  • Paisano’s Pizza, 2020 Gunbarrel Road
  • Pebbles and Stones child care, 4509 Kemp Drive
  • Quality Inn, 4833 Hixson Pike
  • Rumors, 3884 Hixson Pike
  • Waffle House, 7047 Amin Drive
  • Bojangles, 4417 Highway 58
  • Wine Down, 9431 Bradmore Lane
  • Kids Rock, 7480 Goodwin 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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