Health inspectors made their rounds this week to keep diners safe and healthy.

A big restaurant report card shoutout to 16 restaurants across the Tennessee Valley for making a perfect score, but one North Georgia restaurant failed due to poor hygiene habits and a slew of other violations.

In Dalton, Tacos El Rojo scored a 66. According to our news partners at the Times Free Press, the inspector cited the restaurant due to an employee who was being observed washing their hands in the vegetable sink and drying those same hands on a soiled, dirty apron. Another employee used the steam table to reheat rice from the cooler. The walk-in cooler itself was in poor repair but was functioning properly. The establishment has been closed by the health department until a formal hearing.

Back in Hamilton County, Firebox Grill scored an 83. The inspector noted reasons including walls and floor behind a sink being dirty. Points were also deducted due to unlabeled chemical bottles and inadequate date marking.

Hamilton County Restaurants

  • 87 Longhorn Steakhouse 5583 Highway 153
  • 90 McDonald's 1305 Taft Highway
  • 91 Heavenly Flavored Wings 5231 Brainerd Road
  • 92 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 8523 Hixson Pike
  • 95 Blue Plate Restaurant 191 Chestnut Street
  • 96 Zarzour's Cafe 1627 Roanoke Avenue
  • 96 Guthrie's 1235 Taft Highway
  • 97 Uncle Larrys 736 E. MLK Blvd.
  • 97 Sonic Drive-In 3508 Dayton Blvd.
  • 97 Moonpie General Store 429 Broad Street
  • 97 Burger King 6404 Ringgold Road
  • 97 Krystal 5120 Hunter Road
  • 97 Ayala 1832 Taft Highway
  • 98 Dixie BBQ 1530 Boy Scout Road
  • 98 Jimmy John's 5111 Hixson Pike
  • 98 Hana Steak & Sushi 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • 98 Armando's 4708 Highway 58\
  • 99 Fresh Pot Cafe 5425 Highway 153
  • 99 The Chef & His Wife 6849 Prestige Lane
  • 99 Bert's Bar & Grill 9543 Hixson Pike
  • 99 517 Subs 1238 Taft Highway
  • 99 Subway 8142 East Brainerd Road
  • 99 Hibachi Express 7401 East Brainerd Road
  • 100 Choo Choo BBQ 7910 East Brainerd Road
  • 100 Taco Bell 6210 Lee Highway
  • 100 Chicken Salad Chick 975 3rd Street
  • 100 Grill Smoke BBQ 4850 Highway 58
  • 100 Pizza Hut 7801 East Brainerd Road
  • 100 Chattown Dogs 2624 McKee Valley Trail
  • 100 Frios 205 Manufacturer's Road
  • 100 Wendy's 418 Cumberland Street

Hamilton County Hotels

  • 98 Econolodge 7421 Bonny Oaks

Hamilton County Schools

  • 94 Lakeside Elementary 4850 Jersey Pike
  • 96 Eastside Elementary 1003 Lylery Street
  • 98 Wallace A. Smith Elementary 6930 Lebron Sterch Drive
  • 99 Tommie Brown Academy 718 E. 8th Street
  • 100 STEM 4501 Amnicola Highway

Catoosa County

  • 95 Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Pool, 2120 LaFayette Rd, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 91 Cottage Treasure's Tea Room, 170 Cleveland St, Ringgold
  • 94 Sonic (Battlefield Pkwy) 1078, 1738 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 82 Domino's (Battlefield Pkwy) #5735, 1010 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 100 Battlefield Campground and RV Park, LLC. (Swimming Pool), 199 KOA Blvd, Ringgold
  • 89 Cochran's Auto Truckstop Inc., 11343 Hwy 41, Ringgold
  • 100 Holiday Trav-l RV Park (Swimming Pool), 1623 S Mack Smith Rd, Rossville
  • 92 Sonic (Hwy 41) 4752, 6645 Hwy 41, Ringgold
  • 92 Domino's (Poplar Springs Rd) #4108, 65 Poplar Springs Rd, Ringgold
  • 100 Five Star Food Service, 248 Rollins Industrial Ct, Ringgold

Dade County

  • 93 Subway (Pilot Travel Center), 650 Hwy 299, Wildwood
  • 90 Thatcher's Barbeque and Grille, 12366 S Main St FRNT, Trenton
  • 85 Krystal, 5071 Hwy 136, Trenton
  • 80 Cafe 106, 13025 N Main St, Trenton
  • 100 Cottages in the Clouds, 5266 Scenic Hwy, Rising Fawn

Murray County

  • 92 Murray Medical Center, 707 Old Dalton Ellijay Rd, Chatsworth

Walker County

  • 100 Rock Spring Elementary, 375 Hwy 95, Rock Spring
  • 96 Ridgeland High School, 2478 Happy Valley Rd, Rossville
  • 100 Saddle Ridge Elem/Middle 9858 N Hwy 27, Rock Spring
  • 93 Taco Bell, 902 N Main St, LaFayette
  • 85 Mountain View Head Start, 403 Chickamauga Avenue Suite 201, Rossville
  • 100 Rossville Middle School, 316 Bulldog Trl, Rossville

Whitfield County

  • 97 Jittery Joe's Coffee Shop, 1506 N Thorton Ave, Dalton
  • 66 Tacos El Rojo, 904 S Thorton Ave, Dalton
  • 92 Ridgewood Manor Nursing Center, 1110 Burleyson Rd, Dalton
  • 96 Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 865 Holiday Inn Dr, Dalton
  • 89 Hamiton Medical Center, 1200 Memorial Dr, Dalton
  • 89 Panda Express, 1521 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 94 Kumo Japanese Restaurant, 1277 N Glenwood Ave, Dalton
  • 91 Day's Inn, 1518 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 92 Gorditas Purita, 1201 N Thornton Ave Ave, Dalton
  • 99 Regional Youth Detention Center, 2735 Underwood Rd, Dalton
  • 94 Zaxby's of Dalton, 2710 Airport Rd, Dalton
  • 97 Blue Ridge Elementary, 100 Bogle St, Dalton
  • 93 Bojangles', 1253 Glenwood, Ave, Dalton
  • 91 Bamboo Express, 816 Walnut Square Blvd ST 5, Dalton
  • 90 Domino's Pizza, 3591 Chattanooga Rd, Tunnel Hill
  • 91 Eastside Elementary School, 102 Hill Rd, Dalton

Note: Scores were gathered for this report on August 23, 2018, and reported the same day. Follow-up scores are reported the following week.