April 15, 2024


The Food community

Best and worst restaurant inspection reports for the week ending Nov. 16, 2021

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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.


81 Hong Kong Chinese

8652 East Brainerd Road

Reasons including upon arrival, both handwash sinks observed dry and with dust accumulation inside basin. When I asked the owner where she washed her hands she stated they had just opened (active food preparation observed). Then the owner stated that she may have washed her hands at the three compartment sink which contains no soap or paper towels for hand-washing. Several items in walk in cooler are not properly date marked (cooked chicken, raw chicken in stainless bowl). Additionally, chicken in two-door reach in owner stated was made “a few days ago” was not date marked and sweet and sour pork in the one door domestic unit was not date marked. Upon arrival, approximately 30 lbs. of chicken is observed thawing on table in back area. Cardboard used to cover food in reach-in unit. Food accumulation/debris observed throughout kitchen on refrigerator handles and gaskets. Grease accumulation on equipment.


2047 Battlefield Pkwy., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Reasons including employee touching raw foods then touching ready-to-eat foods without washing hands and changing gloves. Food-contact surfaces were not clean to touch when drying. Person in charge put soiled items back into dirty dish area and discussed proper cleaning methods with employees. Food items cooling with a lid that was insulating heat. Person in charge removed lid and took food item to the freezer to make sure the item got down to temperature. Inspector observed several pests during inspection.

84 Sekisui

1120 Houston Street

Reasons including sanitizer at dish machine 0 ppm chlorine. Fried rice holding at 127*F at wait station. Must be held at 135*F or above. Time not properly recorded for sushi rice held under time control according to written policy. Frozen foods thawing at room temperature. In-use utensils stored in standing water. Dish machine dirty inside. Some non-food contact surfaces dirty. Walls/floors dirty behind/underneath equipment. Walls around triple sink not easily cleanable. 

86 El Meson

2204 Hamilton Place Blvd.

Reasons including employees not washing hands in between tasks. Black beans cooled 24 hours previously temping 55*F. Embargoed 10 lbs. of black beans. Covered correct cooling procedures with PIC. Bottom of reach in cooler with pooling water. Cutting board heavily scarred. Multiple nonfood contact surfaces dirty. Dirty shelving in walk in cooler. Walls and floors dirty. Floor tiles in poor repair.


86 Pizza Hut

405 N. Main Street, LaFayette, Ga.

Reasons including multiple containers that were not cooling uncovered in reach in cooler. Washing equipment not functioning according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repair for the equipment is needed. Observed several items without date marking labels in reach in cooler. Shelving and cooler doors with excessive debris build up. Floors and walls in the the kitchen with excessive grease build up. Back door to the kitchen did not close on it’s own and was vulnerable to pests. 

87 Haiku Hibachi

5318 Ringgold Road

Reasons including raw chicken stored above beef in walk-in cooler. Raw foods must be stored according to minimum internal cooking temperatures. Sanitizer at dish machine 0 ppm chlorine. No sanitizer present in triple sink sanitizing compartment. In-use utensils stored in standing water. Single service products stored on floor. Ice build-up noted in walk in freezer unit. Shelving lined with absorbent materials. Must provide a durable, non-absorbent, easily cleanable, and washable material. Designated areas not provided for personal items. 

89 Sonic Drive-In

3907 Brainerd Road

89 Community Pie

850 Market Street

89 Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

2107 Gunbarrel Road

90 Innside Restaurant

800 Chestnut Street


90 Terminal Brewhouse

1464 Market Street

90 Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant

3805 Ringgold Road

90 Rodizio Grill Hamilton Place

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.


93 The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

4001 St Elmo Avenue

94 Sarku Japan

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

95 China Experience

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

95 Chipotle Mexican Grill

5242 Highway 153

96 Williams Family Bakery

8804 Dayton Pike

96 Taziki’s

2020 Gunbarrel Road


96 Sbarro 

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

97 KFC & Long John Silver’s

4856 Highway 58

97 The Epicurean Restaurant

4301 Ringgold Road

97 Old Gilman Grill

216 W. 8th Street

98 Sonic Drive-In

4407 Highway 58

98 Tastee King Donuts

4627 Highway 58

98 El Metate 3

9332 Dayton Pike

98 Charley’s Grilled Subs

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

98 Bojangles’

4701 Hixson Pike


98 Smoothie King

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

99 Ben & Jerry’s

201 Broad Street


99 El Agave Mexican Grill and Cuisine

531 Signal Mountain Road


99 Chick-Fil-A

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.


100 Goodman Coffee at CampHouse

806 East 12th Street

100 Starbucks Coffee

5238 Highway 153

100 Greg’s Sandwich Works

6337 East Brainerd Road


100 Dos Bros

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

100 Plant Power Cafe & Juice Bar

6215 Lee Highway

100 Kenny’s Southside Sandwiches

1251 Market Street

100 Arby’s

4766 Highway 58


100 Choo Choo BBQ

7910 East Brainerd Road

100 Ankar’s Hoagies

4764 Highway 58


100 Portobello’s

4976 Highway 58

100 Armando’s/Lando’s

4783 Highway 58


100 Oaks Coffee House

2916 Silverdale Road


100 Highway 58 BBQ

4921 Highway 58

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