A downtown Chattanooga restaurant has failed a recent health inspection for several reasons, including a cook found to be washing their hands improperly.

Hunan Wok, located at 2201 E. 23rd Street, received a failing score of 55 after employees were found handling ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. Managerial control was also not providing for foodborne illness risk factors at the time of inspection.

Restaurant Report Cards

Various food products, including eggs, were not from approved sources and several surfaces were dirty, including "cleaned" dishes. Food products were also left uncovered and personal items were being stored in food areas.


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 Aug. 27, 2019:

55 Hunan Wok

2201 E. 23rd Street; Reasons including active managerial control not provided for foodborne illness risk factors at time of inspection. Cook not properly washing hands. Cook not using soap to properly wash hands at the food prep sink, and drying them on personal apron. Employees handing RTE food products with bare hands. Food products not from approved sources. Eggs not from an approved source. Numerous food/non-food contact surfaces dirty throughout facility. Uncovered/unprotected food products noted in walk in cooler. Food debris noted on clean dishes. Refuse containers left open. Personal items stored in food areas.

80 Melodee's Diner

3904 Ringgold Road; Reasons including adequate demonstration of knowledge regarding foodborne illness risk factors not provided. Raw animal foods in walk in cooler not stored according to minimum internal cooking temperatures. Raw proteins stored above RTE food products. Some foods not date properly marked in walk in cooler. Frozen foods not adequately frozen in walk in freezer. Some food products not properly covered/protected in walk in cooler.Wet wiping cloths stored on working surfaces and not in sanitizer solution.Cold water not operable at hand basin adjacent to cookline.

86 Track End Restaurant

3435 Amnicola Highway; Reasons including dish machine was proper sanitizer, sink system was not was 0ppm. Mac and cheese in cooler 93 after 4 hours. Cold hold one case holding food at 45-53. Tuna, slaw, ham sliced all discarded. Using plastic cup meant for service and no handle on scoop in tuna salad.

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