Chinese restaurant fails; two downtown Chattanooga eateries post low scores
It’s a new year and some restaurants in the Tennessee Valley need to start fresh with a clean slate.
We have one failure and a few low scores to pass along to you this week from Hamilton County.
A failing grade is anything lower than a 70 and China Garden at 4839 Highway 58 in Chattanooga earned a 63. The inspector noted employees didn’t wash their hands, gloves weren’t used correctly and food wasn’t cooled property. The restaurant also had several dirty surfaces, including the dish machine, cooking surfaces, employee aprons and cleaning cloths.
China Garden corrected its score to a 91 on a follow-up inspection.
Southern Star at 1300 Broad Street didn’t fail, but it has some work to do with a score of 74. The inspector watched employees handle ready to eat foods with bare hands, saw food cooled improperly and found dirty utensils and facilities.
Sing It or Wing It at 412 Market Street fared only slightly better with a 75. Some of the reasons included a hand sink full of dirty utensils and a coffee pot, improper food thawing methods and dirty food contact surfaces. Hand sinks must be left clear for use in handwashing only.
Most other restaurants fared well in Hamilton County and in north Georgia. Several earned perfect scores. Congratulations to:
Mountain Oaks Catering, 9508 Church Street, Ooltewah
Southern Smoke BBQ, 124 Old Lafayette Road, Rocky Face: 98
Wendy’s, 2080 Chattanooga Road, Dalton: 98
If you’re in Hamilton County and you have a complaint about a pool, restaurant, health care facility, daycare or gym, call the Hamilton County Health Department Hot Line at 423-209-8110. In north Georgia, call your local health department.