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 423-209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.


58 Southern Restaurant

7717 Hixson Pike

Reasons included inadequate control over multiple food safety risk factors; cigarette butts in various containers around kitchen; handling raw fish and changing gloves without washing hands; kitchen hand sink being used to thaw fish; mac and cheese holding at 120 F, and baked potatoes holding at 106 F, reheated to 165 F; inadequate date marking throughout kitchen. Inspector observed cook rinsing gloves rather than changing them to wash hands; multiple food and non-food contact surfaces in poor repair; multiple food and non-food contact surfaces dirty excessive trash build up around building; and multiple employee drink cups in prep area.


83 Firebox Grill

7025 Shallowford Road

Reasons included inspector observed employee enter the building, clock in and proceed to don gloves without washing hands first; observed ziplock bag of raw chicken in walk in unit stored on top of box of tomatoes; beans, steak holding at 103 F, 118 F in unit, also cooked chicken in hot box holding at 122 F, these items were reheated during inspection to 165 F for proper hot holding at 135 F; cooked chicken wings stored at bottom of slider unit not covered; scoop for rice stored in tap water at 66 F; and employee protein shake observed in two-door slider unit along with retail food sale storage.


89 1885 Grill

3914 St Elmo Avenue


89 Bojangles

1803 East 23rd Street 


90 Sonic Drive-In

3508 Dayton Blvd.


90 Fernandos

5308 Ringgold Road


91 Super Pho & Grill

7003 Lee Highway


91 Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse

5425 Highway 153


93 Checker's

4348 Ringgold Road


94 Asian Flavor Restaurant

4839 Highway 58


95 Innside Restaurant

800 Chestnut Street


95 Zois Harbor Lights Restaurant

9718 Hixson Pike


95 Champy's Famous Fried Chicken

6925 Lee Highway


95 J. Alexander's Restaurant

2215 Hamilton Place Blvd.


96 El Meson

2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. 


96 Sonic Drive-In

3907 Brainerd Road


96 Community Pie

850 Market Street


96 Wild Burger

301 Holtzclaw Avenue


96 Hong Kong Chinese

8652 East Brainerd Road


96 Haiku Hibachi

5318 Ringgold Road


97 Taco Mamacita

109 Market Street


97 Zaxby's

623 Signal Mountain Road


98 Cafe on the Corner

826 Scenic Highway


98 Champy's Chicken

6515 Ringgold Road


98 Mr. Burrito

2601 Dayton Blvd.


98 Marsha's Backstreet Cafe

5036 Brainerd Road


98 Burger King

3401 Amnicola Highway


98 Wendy's

1868 Dayton Blvd.


99 Yellow Deli

737 Mccallie Avenue


99 Tacos El Cunao

5813 Lee Highway


100 The Tea Cottage

2233 Hickory Valley Road


100 Bojangles'

9375 Dayton Pike


100 Chipotle Mexican Grill

5242 Highway 153


100 Rodizio Grill

2100 Hamilton Place


100 Final Girl Vegan Food

2207 E. 14th Street


100 Sushi City

6921 Lee Highway

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon