Several Chattanooga area restaurants received low scores this week after Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspections.

An employee seen handling soiled equipment and then engaging in food preparation, flies seen in food prep areas, food being stored at improper temperatures and a manager unaware of employee illness policy symptoms and designated foodborne illness risk factors were among the reasons for the inferior marks.

Six eateries received perfect scores. 

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.


No failures reported for the week ending July 23, 2019:

74 Sonic Drive-In

1016 LaFayette Road (NGA)

Observed employee handling soiled equipment or utensils then engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands. Observed the same employee changing gloves without washing hands; also observed dirty lid to a container handled by gloved hands and then food related activities continued. Observed sliced tomatoes held at 49 degrees in the prep cooler beside the grill area. Repeat violation. Observed food service employee with long hair hanging down around cap; ineffective hair restraint. Observed numerous flies during the inspection within the confines of the Food Prep area. 

75 Burger King

6404 Ringgold Road

Reasons including inadequate active managerial control not provided over foodborne illness risk factors at time of inspection. MOD unaware of employee illness policy symptoms and designated foodborne illnesses at time of inspection. Tacos (TCS food) holding at 132*F in holding unit. Must be 135*F or above. Employee observed changing times on already time stamped products to provide additional 4 hours. Flies noted in food prep areas/storage. Food debris noted on clean dishes/equipment. Convection oven dirty inside. Floors dirty in walk in cooler behind/underneath shelving.

83 University Pizza & Deli

430 Vine Street

Reasons including barehand contact with ready to eat foods. Raw foods stored above ready to eat foods in reach in cooler. Inadequate datemarking/disposition of ready-to-eat food products. In use utensils stored in standing water on cookline. Floors dirty behind/underneath equipment.

84 Cafe & Toast

3536 Cummings Highway

Reasons including raw beef stored above RTE foods and above eggs in homestyle cooler unit. Sanitizer too low at dish machine. Steamed rice sitting out at room temperature. Sliced tomatoes/cut leafy greens and sprouts sitting out at room temperature. Shelving lined with cardboard. Lighting not adequate in dry storage area.  

86 El Fogon

8023 Hixson Pike

91 Alleia's

25 E. Main Street

92 La Fiesta Mexican Grill

8523 Hixson Pike

93 Saks Wing Shak

3911 Brainerd Road

95 Subway

7026 East Brainerd Road

95 Jeffersons

618 Georgia Avenue

95 Forbidden City

2273 Gunbarrel Road

96 Taco Bell #029049

2303 Dayton Blvd.

96 Asia Cafe

5210 Brainerd Road

97 Chattanooga Smoke House

416 East M L King Blvd.

98 BoJangles

9225 Lee Highway

98 O' Charley's #238

5031 Hixson Pike

98 Fermin Rios

3877 Hixson Pike

99 El Maguey

7001 Middle Valley Road 

99 American Wings

4011 Brainerd Road

100 Zaxbys Store # 66101

7634 East Brainerd Road

100 Puckett's Chattanooga

2 West Aquarium Way

100 Jimmy Johns Deli

5111 Hixson Pike

100 Be Caffeinated

3601 Dayton Blvd.

100 Burger King

4827 Hixson Pike

100 Marco's Pizza

7794 East Brainerd Road