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A popular downtown Chattanooga restaurant received a failing mark and three other eateries were given low scores after inspections by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

Sticky Fingers restaurant at 420 Broad St. was slapped with a failing score of 69 after an inspection found violations including moldy cheese in a cooler, improper temperature for reheating pork, improper temperature for storing dip, dairy and salsa and wet and dirty wiping clothes sitting out on prep tables.

Famous Wok at 3040 Battlefield Pkwy. received a score of 74 after an inspection found violations including time and temperature control foods being kept out at room temperature, improper separation of raw and ready to eat foods in the walk-in cooler, open boxes of raw chicken stored over loosely covered containers of teriyaki sauce and containers of raw chicken stored directly over and next to bags and boxes of uncooked vegetables.

A score of 75 was given to Grand China at 3815 Dayton Blvd. after an inspection found violations including employees handling chips with bare hands, rice scoops held in standing water at room temperature and food and grease build up on the side of a fryer.

Buffalo Shack at 1512 Tunnel Blvd. got a score of 79 after an inspection found violations including employees not washing hands and the inability to wash, rinse or sanitize equipment because a sink was being used for storage.

One area eatery received a perfect score of 100.

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The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspects restaurants twice a year and grades the businesses on a 100-point scale. Scores below 70 require corrective action.

Restaurants are reinspected if they fail to meet critical standards. To file a health-related complaint, call the Department of Environmental Health at 209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.

One failure reported for the week ending April 17, 2019:

69 Sticky Fingers restaurant

420 Broad Street

Reasons including molded cheese found in a cooler; reheated pork immediately placed in hot box before reheating; spinach dip, dairy and salsa all found stored at 67 degrees, items discarded; cigarettes butts sitting in back hallway that leads to dumpster; wet and dirty wiping clothes sitting out on prep tables.

 

74 Famous Wok

3040 Battlefield Pkwy.

Reasons including improper vertical and horizontal separation of raw and ready to eat foods in the walk-in cooler; open boxes of raw chicken stored over loosely covered containers of teriyaki sauce; containers of raw chicken stored directly over and next to bags and boxes of uncooked vegetables; time and temperature control foods being kept out at room temperature; chicken was at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and had been left out at room temperature for one hour, person in charge placed chicken back into the walk-in cooler to cool it back down to 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

 

75 Grand China

3815 Dayton Blvd.

Reasons include: employees handling chips with bare hands; rice scoops held in standing water at room temperature; food and grease build up on the side of fryer; and person in charge was not in control of several foodborne illness risk factors and did not have an approved manager food safety certification.

 

79 Buffalo Shack

1512 Tunnel Blvd.

Reasons include: not washing hands; soiled sink and cutting board; no hand sink and another sink blocked by microwave oven; and unable to wash, rinse or sanitize equipment because sink being used for storage.

 

89 Best Of China Restaurant

4340 Ringgold Road 

 

90 Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

4008 St. Elmo Ave.

 

92 Little Caesar's

10161 Dayton Pike

 

95 Einstein Bros. Bagels

515 Vine Street 

 

95 Amigo's

3805 Ringgold Road

 

96 Thai Esan

4330 Ringgold Road

 

96 Teriyaki House

5908 Ringgold Road

 

96 Bojangles

1803 East 23rd Street

 

96 Fernandos

5308 Ringgold Road

 

97 Papa John's

5210 Brainerd Road

 

98 First Watch

300 Cherokee Blvd.

 

98 Pizza Bros

501 Cherokee Blvd.

 

98 Sweeney's Bar-B-Que

5928 Highway 58

 

99 Hardee's

2310 E. 23rd Street

 

99 Wendy's

9362 Dayton Pike

 

99 Dolly's Smokehouse

1900 Reggie White Blvd.

 

99 Daved's Deli

7639 Middle Valley Road

 

100 BBQ Andy's

106 Karen Drive

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