Best and worst restaurant inspection reports for the week ending Oct. 26, 2021

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.


59 Rafaels Italian

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 handwashing from establishment employees throughout routine inspection. Handsink in corner of establishment by reach in cooler not working. Handsink by ice machine used for storing cloth rags and plastic. Inspector observed rodent droppings in bottom of handsink when cloth rags and plastic was removed from handsink. No soap or paper towels observed at handsink by ice machine. Bag flour stored near reach in cooler showing rodent activity. Flour packaging contains multiple rodent chew marks. Sliced steak left out to cool at room temperature. Rodent droppings present in various areas of establishment. Rodent urine smell present in some areas of establishment. 


73 Chattanooga Brewing Company

1804 Chestnut Street

Reasons including active managerial control over foodborne illness risk factors not provided at time of inspection. Employees consuming food products in kitchen/prep area. Employees consuming beverages from unapproved containers. No paper towels provided at hand basin by freezer unit. Beer cheese re-heated to 135*F for hot holding (3 hrs.). Cole slaw holding at 46*F in low boy unit on cookline. Diced tomatoes holding at 46*F. Must be 41*F or below. Proper disposition of cooked meatballs not provided in walk in cooler. 


86 La Altena II

8644 East Brainerd Road

Reasons including worker did not properly wash hands before putting gloves on at kichen line. Beef, beans, pork and tamales not properly date marked and held overnight. Multiple foods in walk in and reach in not covered. Dishes wet nested. Rusted Racks in dishwasher area.


86 1885 Grill Ooltewah

9469 Bradmore Lane

Reasons including observed raw animal products stored over ready to eat foods in multiple locations. Cooked roast beef ROP vacuum packed in reach in cooler. Cooked roast beef not in approved HACCP plan. Head chef explained to inspectors ROP cooked roast beef was a “sample product” for butcher shop next door. Vacuum sealer must be used for approved items in HACCP plan. Will contact Dept. of AG regarding restaurant establishment and Butcher shop making and sharing sample products. Chicken wings and cooked ground beef observed cooling at room temperature upon inspector arrival. Person in charge stated they both had been cooked “20 min ago.” Products temping at 72-85F. Cooling at room temperature is not approved. Observed dishes stored wet. Observed tongs on cookline stored in sanitizer on floor. Multiple cutting boards in poor repair in food prep area. Dust accumulation observed on fans in walk in and on racks near dishmachine. 


93 Kentucky Fried Chicken

2501 S. Broad Street


95 Burger King

6404 Ringgold Road


95 Ichiban Japanese

5035 Hixson Pike


97 Waffle House #1188

5466 Highway 153


97 Southern Burger Company

9453 Bradmore Lane


97 Little Caesar’s

10161 Dayton Pike


97 Big River Grille & Brewing Works

222 Broad Street


97 Captain D’s Seafood

5001 Oak Hill Road


97 Walden Club

633 Chestnut Street


98 Aubrey’s

496 Northgate Mall Drive


98 Five Guys Burgers & Fries

5110 Hixson Pike


98 Wendy’s

3104 Broad Street


98 McAlister’s Deli

541 Signal Mountain Blvd.


98 Tasty Donuts

9448 Bradmore Lane


99 Rosselli’s Pizza

1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road


99 McDonald’s

104 Sequoyah Access Road


99 Saks Wing Shak

3911 Brainerd Road


100 Starbucks Coffee

20 Cherokee Blvd.


100 McDonald’s

1735 Ooltewah Ringgold Road


100 Crab Trap Seafood

4803 Brainerd Road


100 Stone Cup Cafe

208 Frazier Avenue 


— Compiled by Brandi Dixson



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