This week’s report includes some bad news for a north Georgia restaurant.
Nakato Hibachi at 56 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe scored a 57, 12 points below a failing grade of a 69 or less. The inspector watched an employee use his cell phone with his bare hands, then turn around and handle ready to eat food with his bare hands, without washing them in between tasks.
The inspector found several cross contamination concerns, including raw chicken stored in the refrigerator over a bucket of white sauce. The lid was not secure, so chicken juices were dripping into the sauce. Breaded chicken and chicken wings were sitting out at room temperature and chicken and teriyaki sauce were stored under the hand washing sink.
Huddle House at 612 South Third Avenue in Chatsworth posted a failing score of a 62 in last week's report. The restaurant improves its score to an 81 this week, but still have some issues to correct. The inspector noted the restaurant didn't post its failing report where customers could see it, the prep cooler temperature was too warm, and several flies were found.
The lowest score in Hamilton County is a 78 found at Bojangles at 4152 Ringgold Road in East Ridge. The report shows an employee put on gloves without washing their hands first, the inspector spotted flies near the sink drain, equipment wasn’t sanitized properly and hot food wasn’t kept warm enough before serving.
Several restaurants posted high or perfect scores of 100. Congratulations to:
Faith Wings, 1218 North Thornton Avenue, Dalton: 87
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant #8, 1331 West Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 92
Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant, 801 East Walnut Avenue, Suite J, Dalton: 93
Waffle House, 1912 Chattanooga Road, Dalton: 93
McDonald’s, 2531 East Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 95
If you’re in Hamilton County and you have a complaint about a restaurant, pool, 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.