The streak of good Restaurant Report Cards has come to an end.
A popular restaurant in downtown Chattanooga needs to clean up a roach problem. Big River Grille at 222 Broad Street scored a 77, which isn’t a failing grade, but the inspector found a roach infestation in the dry storage area, a dirty cleaning rag left on a cutting board in the food prep area, dirty floors along the prep line and a lack of sanitation.
Taqueria Antique Guatemala at 2005 East Main Street barely avoided a failure with a score of 70. The inspector found several problems with food storage, including raw food stored above cooked food, food kept on the floor, and food stored under a hand sink. The restaurant also had dirty sinks and no proper bleach for the compartment sinks.
The English Rose at 1401 Market Street scored a 76 for having knife handles on the prep and cutting boards, debris buildup on the floor, cracks and holes along the baseboards, food sitting on top of cold holding counters, missing date labels and an employee used their bare hands to put garnish on a soup.
In north Georgia, the Windstone Golf Club restaurant at 9230 Windstone Drive in Ringgold failed with a score of 67. The inspector saw an employee handle lettuce and a hamburger bun with their bare hands while preparing food for a customer, found chilled foods stored too warm and heavy food buildup on the interior of the microwave and the can opener blade.
The restaurant also kept some prepared foods, including chicken salad, boiled eggs and house-made condiments, in the cooler for more than seven days along with expired dairy products. The inspector also found rat droppings from a previous rat problem in the dry storage area, a significant amount of condensation inside a reach-in cooler, an ice scoop stored handle down in the ice maker, dirty floors and walls and a broken hand washing sink.
Windstone Golf Club will require a follow-up inspection and the inspector recommended training for all staff as soon as possible.
Despite those low scores, many restaurants scored well and several posted perfect grades. Congratulations to:
Willie’s Burger Shack, 301 West Emory Street, Dalton: 91
McDonald’s, 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Dalton: 92
Checkers, 502 Liberty Square, Dalton: 95
Club Nutricional, 700 Redwine Street, Dalton: 99
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.