There was one failure and two low scores after a recent Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspection of area restaurants.

Wings Town at E. 23rd St. got a failing grade of 68 after an inspection discovered inadequate managerial control of foodborne illness risk factors, excessive flies in the kitchen and prep areas and rodent droppings in the dry storage area, among many other violations.

New China Restaurant at 3710 Ringgold Road was dinged with a score of 72 and Universal Joint at 532 Lookout St. received a score of 82 after an inspection found inadequate demonstration of knowledge regarding food safety and foodborne illness risk factors. The two eateries were also cited for several other violations.

Seven restaurants 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.


One failure reported for the week ending Aug. 6, 2019:


68 Wings Town

E. 23rd Street

Reasons included inadequate active managerial control of foodborne illness risk factors; inadequate handwashing by employees at time of inspection; excessive flies noted in kitchen/prep areas; rodent droppings noted in dry storage area; food products not stored at least 6 inches off floor; in-use utensils stored in standing water on cookline; clean dishes stored on dirty surfaces above triple sink; cardboard used as shelving liner on cookline for deep fryer baskets; excessive grease build up noted; and build up of grease noted on deep fryer vents on cookline.

Restaurant Report Cards


72 New China Restaurant

3710 Ringgold Road

Reasons included inadequate demonstration of knowledge regarding food safety and foodborne illness risk factors at time of inspection; unauthorized personnel noted in kitchen/service area at time of inspection; children present in dishwashing, storage, and/or food preparation areas; inadequate handwashing observed during inspection; food workers not washing hands when required; proper datemarking not provided for temperature control for safety foods that are ready-to-eat in walk in cooler unit; in-use utensils stored in standing water; excessively soiled cardboard box used as shelving liner on cookline; and non-food contact surfaces dirty on cookline.


82 Universal Joint

532 Lookout Street

Reasons included inadequate demonstration of knowledge at time of inspection; queso cooling in walk in cooler at 51 degrees Fahrenheit (9 a.m.), must properly cool temperature control for safety foods within approved times; food products stored on floor in walk in freezer; wet wiping cloths stored on working surfaces and not in sanitizer solution; dish machine soiled/dirty; hot water not operable at hand basin by dish machine; cold water not operable at hand basin by cookline; and wastewater leak noted at triple sink.


89 Taco Bell

6200 Ringgold Road


95 Burger King

676 Signal Mountain Road


95 Wendys

3700 Cummings Highway


96 Dominos Pizza

4155 Ringgold Road


96 Sekisui

1120 Houston Street


97 University Pizza & Deli

430 Vine Street


97 Crust Pizza

103 Signal Mountain Rd.


98 Krystal

307 Cherokee Blvd.


98 Embargo '62

301 Cherokee Blvd.


98 Ugly Tree Cafe

3950 Brainerd Road


98 Cafe & Toast

3536 Cummings Highway


98 Chopstix

6903 Lee Highway


99 Guthrie's

1235 Taft Highway


100 Wendy's

418 Cumberland Street


100 Fiamma Pizza Company

405 North Market Street


100 Amigo's

1906 Dayton Blvd.


100 Chick Fil A

8959 Old Lee Highway


100 Rub On My Shoulder BBQ

4119 Cromwell Road


100 The Local Juicery

7407 Igou Gap Road


100 Sweet Cream Ice Cream

8898 Old Lee Highway