This story was updated Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 6:05 p.m. to indicate that Amigo Mexican Restaurant on Highway 153 improved its score from a 77 to a 96.

There were no failures, but two Chattanooga area restaurants received low scores this week after Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspections.

One of the eateries improved its low score of 77 to a 96 this morning.

A dirty ice maker, an employee not wearing a proper hair restraint and a person in charge lacking food safety knowledge were among the reasons for the inferior marks.

Three area eateries received a perfect score of 100.


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 15, 2019:


75 Ci Ci's 
723 Battlefield Parkway (NGA) 
Reasons include: ice maker not cleaned at a frequency necessary to maintain cleanliness of food-contact surfaces; food debris buildup on the pizza press; multiple sauce bottles without labels; food service employee not wearing a proper hair restraint while preparing food; clean dishes and utensils being stacked without being allowed to air-dry.

77 Amigo Mexican Restaurant (improved score to a 96) 
5450 Highway 153
Reasons include: person in charge did not have sufficient food safety knowledge; severely dented can stored on can rack; iceberg lettuce stored on floor in walk in cooler; grime buildup on ice machine panel inside.

84 Southern Star
1300 Broad Street
Reasons include: non-food contact surfaces dirty; chlorine level too high in sanitizer buckets; dishwasher not cleaning adequately.

91 Bojangles
4707 Hixson Pike

93 Little Caesars
3728 Ringgold Road

94 Bojangles
4152 Ringgold Road

94 Krystal
4868 Hixson Pike

94 Sonic Drive In
4348 Ringgold Road

95 New China Buffet and Grill
531 Signal Mountain Road

96 The Camp House
149 East M L King Blvd.

96 Captain D's Seafood
5001 Oak Hill Road

97 Ruby Tuesday
5595 Highway 153

97 Waffle House
102 Signal Mountain Road

97 Waffle House
7035 Dayton Pike

97 Moe's Original BBQ
221 Market Street

98 Shane's Rib Shack
9448 Bradmore Lane

98 Southside Sammich Shop
3431 Alton Park Boulevard

98 Arby's #5808
6302 Ringgold Road

98 Mellow Mushroom
2318 Liferstyle Way

99 Home Folks Restaurant
8981 Dayton Pike

99 Mr Wok
5402 Brainerd Road

99 Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches
973 Market Street

100 Applebee's
356 Northgate Mall

100 Lupis Pizza
9453 Bradmore Lane

100 Mojo Burrito
9447 Bradmore Lan