July 21, 2024


The Food community

Best and worst restaurant inspection reports for the week ending Mar. 1, 2022

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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.


56 Rafaels Italian

Restaurant 5032 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road

Reasons including person in charge does not demonstrate control over foodborne illness risk factors at time of routine inspection. No observation of hand-washing from establishment employees throughout routine inspection. Raw chicken stored on ground outside of establishment uncovered by walk in cooler. Numerous food and non food contact surfaces dirty throughout establishment. Numerous rodent droppings present on/in food shelves, storage closets, underneath soda fountains, restrooms etc. Rodent droppings present in many areas of establishment. Rodent urine smell present in some areas of establishment. Multiple foods left uncovered in reach in coolers, low boy coolers, and walk in coolers. Multiple dirty rags on counters and shelves.

79 Subway

108 N. Main Street, LaFayette, Ga.

Reasons including food worker performing cleaning of dishes and then begin prepping a sandwich without washing hands first. Observed numerous foods in the walk-in cooler above 41 degrees. No paper towels at the handsink in the ladies restroom; also observed a paper towel dispenser not operational in the men’s restroom.


87 Subway

4257 Cloud Springs Road, Ringgold, Ga.

Reasons including presence of rodents and pests throughout the facility. Person in charge stated the pests had infested the ceilings and other parts of the building. 


90 Hana Steak and Sushi

2200 Hamilton Place Blvd.


93 Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro

26 E. Main Street


94 Armando’s

5700 Ringgold Road


95 Sonic Drive-In

3222 Cummings Highway


95 Wally’s

6521 Ringgold Road


95 City Café Diner

901 Carter Street


96 Fazoli’s

2332 Shallowford Village Drive


96 Zaxbys

3105 Cummings Highway


96 Noodles & Pho

5450 Highway 153


96 Hardee’s

6305 Ringgold Road


97 Buddy’s Bar-B-Q

619 Camp Jordan Parkway 


97 Your Pie

1919 Gunbarrel Road


98 Sonic Drive-In

4305 Hixson Pike 


98 Wendys

3700 Cummings Highway


99 Aretha Frakensteins

518 Tremont Street


99 Dos Bros

5591 Highway 153


99 Hooter’s Restaurant

5912 Brainerd Road


99 Big River Grille & Brewery

2020 Hamilton Place Blvd.


100 Buffalo Wild Wings

5744 Highway 153 


100 Grey Flower Deli

10930 London Lane


100 AJI Peruvian

5035 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road


100 Cheese Dip Mexican Grill

3643 Hixson Pike 


— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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