June 24, 2024


The Food community

Best and worst restaurant inspection reports for the week ending July 27, 2021

4 min read

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.


77 Tacos El Cunao

5813 Lee Highway

Reasons including person in charge does not demonstrate control over foodborne illness risk factors at time of routine inspection. Multiple low boy and reach in coolers holding foods above 41°F. Coolers holding TCS foods overnight ranging from 50-70°F. Embargoed one pound of raw chicken, one pound of carne, one pound raw shrimp, one pound sliced tomatoes. Numerous prepped/cooked date marked TCS foods held past 7 day shelf life. Numerous frozen TCS foods left out to thaw at room temperature in back storage area. Insect activity observed in rear storage area during routine inspection. Dirty product pans stored in cold holding drawers under hot top.


78 Home Slice Pizza

2000 E. 23rd Street

Reasons including employees consuming beverages in prep area from unapproved container and beverages stored on cutting board/food contact surfaces. Adequate handwashing from employees not observed. Cockroaches noted in dishwashing area and prep areas. Wet wiping cloths stored on working surfaces and not in sanitizer solution. Wastewater leak noted at sanitizing compartment at triple sink. Over-accumulation of recyclables noted in refuse area. Floors dirty behind/underneath equipment. 


79 Logan’s Roadhouse

504 Northgate Mall Drive

Reasons including inadequate control over food safety risk factor of cold holding. Multiple coolers in kitchen holding above 41F. Multiple hot holding items in hot box ranged from 80 to 135F. Items not re-heated adequately for hot holding. Multiple coolers holding above 41F. Discarded 0.5 lbs sour cream, 0.3 lbs toms, 0.2 lbs cut lettuce, 0.2lbs slaw. Baked beans covered in walk-in at 72F. Condensation observed on the lid. Missing thermometers in multiple coolers. Pan lid in poor repair. Lower shelves in poor repair. Leak at hand sink faucet.


80 Thai Esan

4330 Ringgold Road

Reasons including active managerial control over foodborne illness risk factors not provided. Employees not washing hands as needed between tasks. Tofu cooling in walk in cooler (4hrs) at 67*F. Proper cooling method not provided for Tofu cooling in walk in cooler unit. Thermometer in cooler unit not accurate. Clean glassware stored on dirty linens. Excessive heat noted in kitchen and food prep areas. 


82 Sonic Drive In

4348 Ringgold Road

Reasons including cleaning/sanitizing frequency not adequate in cookline/dishwashing area. Excessive food debris build up noted in cook-line area. Cleaning products stored too close to single service items. Personal medicine items stored too close to food products in prep area. Uncovered/unprotected food products in walk in freezer unit. Triple sink soiled/dirty. Ice machine dirty inside at deflector panel. 


84 Waffle House

4903 Brainerd Road

Reasons including cook handled raw beef with gloves failed to change gloves, wash hands when task changed, removing cooked steak from grill. Containers in reach in fridge, has waffle batter and other ingredients has water on top of lids from condensation dripping from inside top of cooler. Inside ice machine soiled. White knife handles rough old build up on handle. Gap at counter underneath coffee cups has old spillage accumulated. Ice guard inside machine has mildew build up.


87 Subway

3641 Brainerd Road

Reasons including pans nested with food still in pans. Chicken breast at 50F, lettuce holding at 43-44F. Cold case has no lid, not able to close to allow food to recover, not able to find a thermometer some food above 41. Not able to find thermometer for cold lone case. Small reach in under counter not working.


90 Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

4008 St. Elmo Avenue


92 Cracker Barrel

1460 N. Mack Smith Road



207 A Frazier Avenue


94 Hardee’s

7961 E. Brainerd Road


95 Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

2006 Hamilton Place Blvd.


95 Little Caesar’s

7601 East Brainerd Road


96 Countryside Cafe

8223 Mahan Gap Road


96 Outback Steakhouse

544 Northgate Mall Drive


97 Subway 

2610 Amnicola Highway


97 Buddy’s Bar-B-Q

619 Camp Jordan Pkwy.


97 Kentucky Fried Chicken

7428 East Brainerd Road


97 Central Park

2401 E. 23rd Street


97 The Pizza Place

1210 Taft Highway


97 Little Caesars

3728 Ringgold Road


97 Steak N Shake

5118 Hixson Pike


98 Chick-Fil-A

639 Camp Jordan Pkwy.


98 Mo Mo Hibachi

9332 Dayton Pike


98 Las Margaritas

1101 Hixson Pike


98 Subway

6510 Ringgold Road


98 Marco’s Pizza

7794 East Brainerd Road


98 Champy’s Fried Chicken

526 E. MLK Blvd. 


99 Chick-Fil-A

1804 Gunbarrel Road


99 Baskin Robbins

625 Signal Mountain Road


99 Kevin Brown’s Burgers

8228 Mahan Gap Road


99 Chipotle

20 Cherokee Blvd.


100 Kentucky Fried Chicken

2301 E. 3rd Street


100 Windy City Eatz

207 Sequoia Drive


100 Home Folks Restaurant

8981 Dayton Pike


100 Bojangles

7987 East Brainerd Road


100 Choo-Choo BBQ Smokehouse

9070 Highway 58


100 Chick Fil A

5830 Brainerd Road


100 Paco’s Express Dogs

214 Schmidt Road


100 Jason’s Deli

2115 Gunbarrel Road


100 The Meeting House

3912 Dayton Blvd.


100 Plaza Del Sol

8119 East Brainerd Road


100 Scooter’s Coffee

4631 Highway 58


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