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.



81 El Maguey

8523 Hixson Pike

Reasons including inadequate control over food safety risk factors. Drawer unit under grill holding at 59F. Food recently placed in unit holding at 49F. Unlabeled chemical bottles. Low boy cooler gasket in poor repair. Leak at 3 sink lines. Employee food and drink stored in non designated area.


83 Little Caesar's

804 N. Main Street, LaFayette, Ga.

Reasons including soap dispensor off the wall and paper towel dispensor not working correctly. Pizza sauce in a open container on top of the prep cooler. Multiple containers with food items (buffalo, garlic butter, and bbq sauce) out of their original container with no common name label. Pizza sauce bucket stored on floor in front of turn table. Pizza oven, wire racks and prep tables with build up. Excess debris around dumpster area. Build up on floors and walls in facility.


87 City Café Diner

901 Carter Street

Reasons including chili recently placed on steam table holding at 56 degrees in some areas. Multiple food items held above 41°F in far lowboy and grill drawers. Wiping cloth observed serving as fryer cover. Nonfood-contact surfaces soiled/dirty. Floor of walk-in freezer in poor repair. 


92 Papa Johns

6210 Hixson Pike


93 China House 888, Inc.

7601 East Brainerd Road


95 McDonald's

8601 Hixson Pike


95 Penn Station Subs

5241 Highway 153


96 Steve's Landing

1145 Poling Circle


96 Blue Grass Grill

55 E. Main Street


97 Poblanos Mexican Cuisine

551 River Street


97 Arby's

8514 Hixson Pike


97 Biba's Italian

5918 Hixson Pike


97 Waffle House

4343 Highway 58


98 Chili's Grill

408 Market Street


98 Jimmy Johns Deli

5111 Hixson Pike


98 Sushi Nabe Japanese Restaurant

110 River Street


98 McDonald's

2003 Dayton Blvd.


99 Mexiville Mexican Restaurant

103 Cherokee Blvd.


99 Sequoyah Cafe

2000 Sequoyah Access Road


99 The Big Table

118 Cross Street


99 Krystal

307 Cherokee Blvd.


100 Fiamma Pizza Company

405 North Market Street


100 Taco Bell

2303 Dayton Blvd.


100 Sunnyside Cup

617 Signal Mountain Road


100 Be Caffeinated

14 W. Kent Street 


100 Jimmy John's

330 Frazier Avenue


100 Mayan Kitchen

507 Broad Street 


-- Compiled by Brandi Dixon