One Chattanooga area restaurant was just one point away from a failing grade this week after an inspection by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

Buffalo Shack at 1512 Tunnel Boulevard was given a score of 71 after an inspection found its refrigerator was not working. Celery and chicken wings were being kept at improper temperatures and the freezer did not provide adequate space for the volume of chicken. Its permit will be temporarily suspended until the refrigerator is repaired or replaced.


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 May 1, 2019:


71 Buffalo Shack

1512 Tunnel Boulevard

Reasons including: refrigerator not working, water with celery was 55; chicken wings recently delivered, partially frozen in refrigerator that was 58; using freezer does not provide adequate space for volume of chicken; will need to provide adequate refrigeration to remain open; will temporarily suspend permit until refrigerator is repaired or replaced; chicken still below 41 since delivered frozen.


89 Bojangles

4152 Ringgold Road


89 Armando's

5700 Ringgold Road


91 Mexiville Mexican Restaurant

809 Market Street


92 Chick-Fil-A

5740 Highway 153


95 Krystal #CHN017

6119 Lee Highway


95 Tupelo Honey Cafe

1110 Market Street


95 The Daily Ration

1220 Dartmouth Street


95 Public House

1110 Market Street


96 Hennen's

193 Chestnut Street


96 Totto Sushi & Grill

330 Frazier Avenue


96 Smoothie King

1700 Broad Street


97 Waffle House #714

3805 Cumming Highway


97 Chicken Salad Chick

629 Market Street


97 Taco Mac

423 Market Street


97 Chao's Mongolian Grill

5726 Brainerd Road


98 Dominos Pizza

3801 Tennessee Avenue


98 Dunkin Donuts

5311 Highway 153


98 Starbucks Northshore

20 Cherokee Boulevard


99 McDonald's

2003 Dayton Boulevard


99 Wendy's

6727 Ringgold Road


99 Wendy's

6727 Ringgold Road


99 Olive Garden #1690

5525 Highway 153 


99 Cracker Barrel #29

1460 N. Mack Smith Road


99 Taco Bell #029046

9210 Lee Highway


99 G's Detroit Sausage

611 E. MLK Boulevard


99 Scottie's On The River

491 Riverfront Parkway


100 Little Caesar's

5730 Brainerd Road


100 Fresh Burger Grill

6306 Highway 58