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Expired food, open employee drinks contribute to failing grade of 49

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A Catoosa County restaurant tops our Restaurant Report Card this week with a failing grade well below the threshold of 69.

The IHOP on Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe scored a 49.

Inspectors noted several problems. Many involved the walk-in cooler: expired boiled eggs and cheese were in use, open employee drinks, raw meats stored above ready-to-eat foods, food and opened food packages were stored without being properly covered, and the cooler was in disrepair.

READ MORE | Georgia Health Inspection report for IHOP

Inspectors also noted bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods, improper holding temperatures for cold foods, including sour cream, butter, cream cheese, milk, eggs, and turkey. The wash machine wasn’t working correctly, and shelving inside the prep areas and coolers were not clean.

Employees also stored sanitizer rags in a bucket without sanitizer solution and the inspector found several wet cleaning rags outside of the bucket when not in use.

The restaurant will have a follow-up inspection next week.

Three Catoosa County restaurants scored perfect scores: Cottage Treasures Tea Room on Cleveland Street in Ringgold, Krystal (mobile unit) on Alabama Highway in Ringgold and Spencer B's BBQ on Highway 41 in Ringgold.

Whitfield County did not have any failing grades, but three school cafeterias posted scores of 100: Blue Ridge Elementary on Bogle Street in Dalton, Brookwood School on Central Avenue in Dalton and Roan Street School on Roan Street in Dalton.

Last week’s trend of higher health inspection scores in Hamilton County did not continue this week.

There were no failing grades, but one restaurant was only one point away with a score of 70.

Thai Esan on Ringgold Road in East Ridge lost points for several violations. The inspector noted issues with proper food separation, food contamination prevention and foods in the cooler weren’t stored at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage.

The score will earn the restaurant a follow-up visit from inspectors.

Several Hamilton County restaurants earned a perfect score of 100. Congratulations to RSM Dining Hall on Bailey Avenue, Sir Goony’s Golf on Brainerd Road, Sweet Pea’s Frozen Yogurt on Hixson Pike in Hixson, Domino’s on East Brainerd Road and Burger King on Lee Highway.

If you have a complaint about a pool, restaurant, health care facility, daycare or gym, call the Hamilton County Health Department Hot Line at (323) 209-8110. Someone will personally handle your complaint weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your meal!

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