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.


60 El Matador Mexican Restaurant

2233 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe; Reasons including person in charge unable to demonstrate knowledge of food safety practices. Observed employee change task from working with ready to eat food to prepping raw meats without washing hands before putting on gloves. Observed TCS food items throughout the facility being cold held above 41 degrees. Observed several TCS foods held over 24 hours in walk in cooler without date marks. Observed improper thawing method (standing water) actively used for thawing meats. Observed multiple food items stored on the floor in walk in cooler and freezer.

71 Formosa

5425 Highway 153; Reasons including the person in charge is not in control of several foodborne illness risk factors and does not have an ANSI approved food safety certification. Raw meats stored over cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Dishwasher has no sanitizer being dispensed (0 ppm Chlorine). Cooked chicken held on a thin layer of ice temping 68°F—embargoed 3 lbs of chicken. Several cooked foods not date marked. Cleaning chemical not labeled—corrected immediately. Cut vegetables and cooked food not covered in the walk in cooler. Rice scoops held at room temperature in standing water. Boxes of single use item on the floor. Cardboard lining a shelf and used to store to-go items. Inside of the reach in freezer is dirty. Several non-food contact surfaces dirty.


90 Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

5845 Brainerd Road


91 Miss G's Tortas and Tamales

4801 English Avenue


91 Ichiban Japanese

5035 Hixson Pike


92 China Gourmet

321 Browns Ferry Road


93 International House Of Pancakes

5113 Highway 153


97 Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

2321 Lifestyle Way


97 Mojo Burrito

3950 Tennessee Avenue


97 Molcajete Mexican Restaurant

6231 Perimeter Drive


97 Southern Star Take-Away

1210 Taft Highway


97 Flatiron Deli

706 Walnut Street


98 Ankars Hoagie's

5018 Hixson Pike


98 Guacamole

5600 Brainerd Road


98 Heaven & Ale Brewing Company

338 E. Main Street


99 Pier 88 Boiling Seafood

2288 Gunbarrel Road