A North Georgia restaurant has been cited for multiple dirty surfaces and a dead insect found in sauce, according to this week's restaurant report.

Rafael's Pizza and Italian Restaurant located at 126 Remco Shops Lane received a score of 80 after it was found to have a vegetable washing sink full of dirty dishes, which were also being stored in a handwashing sink. The health inspector also found a dead fly in a bowl of chicken wing sauce and noticed food build-up in several places.

In Chattanooga, New China Buffet & Grill located at 3536 Cummings Highway was found to have dirty food contact surfaces, an inaccessible handwashing sink and improperly stored wiping cloths. The initial score of 86 was corrected to a 93.

A week since it received a failing score, La Fiesta Mexican Grill on Hixson Pike was cited again for evidence of insects - and this week, rodents - as well as multiple dirty food and non-food contact surfaces. Utensils were found to not be properly dried and stored, the report states.

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 423-209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.


80 Rafael's Pizza and Italian Restaurant (NGA), 126 Remco Shops Lane; reasons including dirty dishes being stored in handwashing sink, vegetable washing sink full of dirty dishes, food build-up noted in several places, dead fly in bowl of chicken wing sauce.

86 New China Buffet & Grill, 3536 Cummings Highway; reasons including handwashing sink not accessible, properly stocked, wiping cloths not properly stored/used, food and non-food contact surfaces dirty. Corrected to 93.

89 La Fiesta Mexican Grill, 8523 Hixson Pike; reasons including evidence of insects/rodents, food and non-food contact surfaces dirty, utensils not properly dried and stored.

94 Hardee's

6305 Ringgold Road

97 Julie Darling Donuts

121 Frazier Avenue

98 Asia Café

5210 Brainerd Road

98 Beast and Barrel

16 Frazier Avenue

98 Bruster's Ice Cream

1406 Jenkins Road

98 Chattanooga Smoke House

416 East M L King Blvd.

98 Dos Bros

1700 Broad Street

98 Honey Baked Ham

2020 Gunbarrel Road

99 Hibachi Express

7401 East Brainerd Road

99 Mojo Burrito

1800 Dayton Blvd.

99 Domino's Pizza

1211 Taft Highway

100 Lupi's Pizza

1414 Jenkins Road

100 Amigo's

1906 Dayton Blvd.

100 Jets Pizza

3600 Hixson Pike

100 El Meson Bar

2204 Hamilton Place Blvd.

100 Five Guys Burgers and Fries

2020 Gunbarrel Road

100 Subway

5922 Hixson Pike