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.


80 Carnitas Caremelita

2604 Amnicola Highway; reasons including multiple priority violations during the inspection. The manager is not in control of several foodborne illness risk factors and does not have an approved food safety certification. Carnitas improperly reheated for hot holding. Carnitas in stock pot left to cool overnight at room temperature holding at 97°F. Frozen meat left out in container on the floor overnight to that holding at 57°F. Cooked meat not date marked. Packaged meat thawing at room temperature in the mop sink. Ice build up in small reach-in cooler. 


84 Sekisui

1120 Houston Street; reasons including no hand soap provided at hand basin by ice machine. TCS foods in low boy unit holding at 53*F. Must be held at 41*F or below. Some products holding cold using ice. Proper disposition of datemarked items not provided in walk in cooler. Products not datemarked in low boy unit on cookline. Uncoverd/unprotected food items in walk in cooler. Dish machine dirty inside. Only one drainboard provided for triple sink. Non food contact surfaces dirty on cookline.


85 Papa Johns

2700 South Broad Street; reasons including unable to locate employee illness policy at time of inspection. Sanitizer too low at triple sink. Insects noted in storage area. Personal beverages/items stored on food contact surfaces. Some non food contact surfaces dirty. Can opener and build up of food debris noted on pizza oven.


91 Sonic Drive-In

5921 Ooltewah Ringgold Road 


92 Dosa Hut

6940 Lee Highway


93 La Altena II

8644 East Brainerd Road


93 El Monterrey Mexican

531 Signal Mountain Road


95 Einstein Bros Bagels

5237 Hixson Pike


95 Panera Bread

620 Northgate Mall


97 Sonic Drive-In

6216 Hixson Pike


97 Sweet Merry Berry

1309 Taft Highway


98 Papa Johns

6210 Hixson Pike


98 Cracker Barrel

50 Birmingham Highway


98 McDonald's

8601 Hixson Pike


99 Wendy's

5596 Hixson Pike


99 Starbucks Coffee

20 Cherokee Blvd.


99 Arby's

8514 Hixson Pike


99 Puckett's Chattanooga

2 West Aquarium Way


99 Steak N Shake

2296 Gunbarrel Road


100 Taco Bell

8522 Hixson Pike


100 Edley's BBQ

205 Manufacturer's Road


100 Pizza Bros

501 Cherokee Blvd.


100 Your Pie

1919 Gunbarrel Road


--Compiled by Brandi Dixon