Restaurant inspectors around the Tennessee Valley were hard at work this week, visiting dozens of establishments.

While many passed with high scores, several restaurants were cited for unsafe food handling and cleanliness problems.

At the Top of the Hill Country Buffet, 118 Remco Drive inspectors scored a 71 for food employee observed not washing hands and changing tasks several times including going from handling raw food to ready-to-eat foods without washing hands in between changing gloves; food debris and lots of standing water all over the floors throughout the kitchen area; spilled garbage had also not been cleaned up off the floor and an abundance of live flies in the kitchen and dining areas.

A score below 70 is considered to be failing.

Nikki's Drive Inn, 899 Cherokee Blvd. earned a score of 85 for several ceiling tiles with bad water damage in the kitchen, food debris and build-up on shelves and floor of walk-in cooler, no paper towels at hand sink, employees handling dirty rags and not washing hands.

Aris at Harbor Lights 9718 Hixson Pike rated a score of 86 for raw beef thawing at room temperature, cracked containers in a storage area, several non-food contact surfaces dirty. Corrected to 95.

Taco Roc 6960 Lee Highway was given an 87 for employee drink in food prep area, meat thawing in standing water, the floor was in poor repair and employee handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands.

Other Hamilton County restaurants

  • 89 The Big Table 118 Cross Street
  • 89 Waffle House 4343 Highway 58
  • 91 China Garden 4839 Highway 58
  • 92 Dosa Hut 6940 Lee Highway
  • 93 McDonalds 2017 Gunbarrel Road
  • 93 Sequoyah Cafe 2000 Sequoyah Access Road
  • 94 Choo Choo BBQ 826 Appling Street
  • 94 Wendy's 4500 Highway 58
  • 95 Hardee's 7961 East Brainerd Road
  • 95 McDonalds 4502 Rossville Blvd.
  • 95 The Purple Picnic Daisy Cafe 4001 St. Elmo Avenue
  • 96 Steak N Shake 2296 Gunbarrel Road
  • 97 Biba's Italian 5918 Hixson Pike
  • 97 Beast and Barrel 16 Frazier Avenue
  • 97 DQ Grill and Chill 5433 Highway 153
  • 97 Shogun 1806 Gunbarrel Road
  • 97 India Mahal 5970 Brainerd Road
  • 97 Moss's Place 709 Tunnel Blvd.
  • 98 Puelo's Grill 6108 Artesian Circle
  • 98 Imperial Garden 2288 Gunbarrel Road
  • 98 Tablesouth 2 Carter Street
  • 99 China House 7601 East Brainerd Road
  • 99 Rodizio Grill 439 Broad Street
  • 99 Cracker Barrel 2346 Shallowford Village Drive
  • 99 Chili's 5637 Brainerd Road
  • 100 Bruster's Mobile 1406 Jenkins Road
  • 100 Kenny's Southside Sandwiches 1251 Market Street
  • 100 Dominica's Caribbean Kitchen 5450 Highway 153
  • 100 Plaza del Sol 8119 East Brainerd Road

Hamilton County hotels

  • 87 Red Roof Inn 2431 Williams Street
  • 94 Comfort Inn 2420 Williams Street
  • 95 Hampton Inn Suites 100 Chestnut Street
  • 95 Island Cove Marina 6701 Highway 58
  • 97 Days Inn 901 Carter Street
  • 98 Crash Pad 29 Johnson Street

Catoosa County

  • 85 McDonald's (Battlefield Pkwy) 5232, 1179 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 71 Top of the Hill Country Buffet, 118 Remco Dr., Ringgold
  • 100 Arby's, 66 Poplar Springs Rd., Ringgold

Dade County

  • 100 217 Old Hales Gap Rd, Trenton
  • 100 Homeharvest Retreat LLC, 217 Grant Rd., Trenton
  • 100 Lookout Mountain Pizza Company, 203 Scenic Hwy, Rising Fawn

Murray County

  • 100 Murray County Jail, 810 G.I. Maddox Pkwy, Chatsworth
  • 100 Jermaine's Tropical SNO, 500 South Third Ave, Chatsworth
  • 84 Little Caesars Pizza, 502 G.I. Maddox Pkwy, Chatsworth
  • 100 Zaxby's, 1015 N Third Ave, Chatsworth
  • 100 Burger King, 1105 North Third Ave, Chatsworth
  • 100 Global Youth Ministries, 40 Blackhawk Trl, Chatsworth

Walker County

  • 93 Majestic Manor, 67 Pin Oak Dr., Rock Spring
  • 88 Pie Slingers Pizzeria, 56 Fieldstone Village Dr STE A, Rock Spring
  • 88 Guadalajara, 12937 N Hwy 27, Chickamauga
  • 100 The Cottage, 467 Longhollow Rd., Chickamauga
  • 100 The Dinner Bell, 3258 Chattanooga Valley Rd., Flintstone

Whitfield County

  • 98 Subway #2177 906 S Thorton Ave, Dalton
  • 94 Los Pablos #2, 2204 Chattanooga Rd., Dalton
  • 99 Zaxby's Of Dalton #2, 352 Northgate Dr., Dalton
  • 92 Big John's Express, 1806 S Dixie Hwy STE A, Dalton
  • 98 AMC Walnut Square 12, 875 Walnut Square Blvd, Dalton
  • 79 Big D's Taqueria, 3451 Cleveland Hwy, Dalton
  • 93 Tacos Beto, 1009 Morris St, Dalton
  • 90 Quinton Memorial Rehab Center, 1115 Burleyson Rd, Dalton
  • 88 Howard Johnson, 790 College Dr, Dalton
  • 99 Courtyard Dalton, 785 College Dr, Dalton
  • 88 Day's Inn, 1518 W Walnut, Dalton