A nightclub near the Chattanooga Airport received a failing grade and a Hixson eatery got low marks after a recent Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspection.

Saloon 75 Sur at 6175 Airways Blvd. failed with a score of 56 after a health inspection found inadequate food-safety knowledge among staff and management, lack of handwashing and glove use and improper food temperatures. There were also several other violations.

Armando's at 7330 Hixson Pike received a score of 70 after an inspection discovered moldy lemons stored with non-moldy lemons in a walk-in cooler, dirty surfaces in prep and storage areas and excessive grease buildup around the fryer. Also, old tea bags and spilled food outside the eatery were attracting flies.

Nine area 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 Sept. 10, 2019:


56 Saloon 75 Sur

6175 Airways Blvd.

Reasons included staff and manager lacked food-safety knowledge; hand sink and triple sink not used, utility sink used for all; cooler 70, fresh salsas 66-70; gloves not in use; hand sink not been used; did not see hands washed between task; gloves not being worn; gloves were present in front where tacos sold, not in use or easily available in back at bar; no soap or towels at designated hand sink, blocked by mop buckets; food was prepared outside of 75 Sur kitchen unable able to provide proof that couple prepared food in a permitted kitchen; green and red salsa, freshly made, 60-77, discarded; using one sink for washing hands, equipment and dumping drink glasses; heavy build up inside ice machine.


70 Armando's

7330 Hixson Pike

Reasons included active managerial control over foodborne illness risk factors not provided at time of inspection; multiple moldy lemons stored together with non-moldy lemons on floor in walk in cooler; numerous wrapped raw foods stored with RTE foods on floor of walk in cooler; numerous food and noncontact surfaces dirty throughout prep area and storage area; adequate cleaning and sanitizing frequency not provided; old tea bags stored on rack outside of restaurant attracting flies; spilled food outside of restaurant attracting flies; numerous foods left uncovered during cold storage; excessive food debris build up in bottom of reach in cooler of low boy system; excessive grease buildup around fryer, hot top.


85 Hunan Wok I 

2201 E. 23rd Street


89 Little Caesar's

5510 Highway 153


92 Popeyes

5749 Brainerd Road


93 Subway

1309 Taft Highway


93 Mcdonald's

156 Browns Ferry Road


93 Burger King 

1097 Engle Avenue


94 8 Fahrenheit Ice Cream

1913 Gunbarrel Road


95 Logans Roadhouse

3592 Cummings Highway


97 Shogun Japanese Steakhouse

1806 Gunbarrel Road


98 Captain D's Seafood

5106 Hixson Pike


98 Edley's BBQ

205 Manufacturer's Road


98 Burger King

4850 Brainerd Road


98 Drakes LLC

7338 McCutcheon Road


98 Sonic Drive-In

6915 Shallowford Road


99 McDonalds

4123 Hixson Pike


99 Starbucks Coffee

225 Broad Street


100 Taco Mamacita

109 Market Street


100 El Metate 5

5922 Hixson Pike


100 Moe's Southwest Grill

615 McCallie Avenue


100 Panda Express

615 McCallie Avenue


100 Bento Sushi

642 East 5th Street


100 Chick-Fil-A

615 McCallie Avenue


100 The Tea Cottage

2233 Hickory Valley Road


100 Greg's Sandwich Works

6337 East Brainerd Road


100 Taco Bell

9210 Lee Highway