Overall, many of the restaurants and facilities inspected across the Tennessee Valley did very well this week, with many scores in the high 90's. Lots of hard work by staff and management deserves congratulations!

Several restaurants received lower scores for a variety of violations, such as 'clean' dishes that still had leftover food on them, incorrect food temperatures and a problem we see all too frequently, improper hand washing by employees.

The Chatter Box Cafe at 1817 Market Street earned a score of 73 for flies in the kitchen, clutter in the kitchen, food stored in cooler without protection, no date marking on cooked pasta and 'clean' dishes that still had food debris on them. Corrected to 95.

At El Metate 3 at 9332 Dayton Pike, inspector gave a score of 86 for a fly strip over food prep area, queso (cheese dip) at the incorrect temperature, scoop handle in cooked chicken, tin foil used to line surfaces in kitchen and a cleaning bottle that was stored on the same shelf as food.

Best of China, 4340 Ringgold Road was scored at 86 for dirty non-food contact surfaces, improper holding temperatures and employees who were not washing their hands properly.

Portobello's at 4976 Highway 58 rated a score of 86 also, but for a leak under the main prep cooler, a gasket in poor repair on a meal cooler, the floor was in poor repair and tomato sauce and garlic improperly stored.

Other Hamilton County restaurants

  • 89 McCalister's Deli 2288 Gunbarrel Road
  • 90 Missions BBQ 1926 Gunbarrel Road
  • 91 Arby's 4766 Highway 58
  • 91 Little Caesar's 5510 Highway 153
  • 92 El Meson 248 Northgate Park
  • 95 Parkway Pourbase 801 Riverfront Pkwy.
  • 96 Mia Casta 3029 Rossville Blvd.
  • 96 Haven's Diner 4817 Highway 58
  • 96 Kacey's Home Cooking 6921 Lee Highway
  • 97 Easy Bistro & Bar 203 Broad Street
  • 97 Herman's Soul Food 3821 Brainerd Road
  • 97 Golden Corral 1808 Gunbarrel Road
  • 97 Glen Gene Deli 5748 Highway 153
  • 98 Rafael's 9607 Dayton Pike
  • 98 McDonald's 4608 Highway 58
  • 98 Big River Grille & Brewing Works 222 Broad Street
  • 99 Einstein Bros. Bagels 615 McCallie Avenue
  • 99 Dippers 6151 McCallie Avenue
  • 99 New York Pizza Department 5731 Highway 153
  • 99 Dos Bros 5591 Highway 153
  • 99 Moe's Southwest Grill 5510 Highway 153
  • 9 Wendy's 7408 Bonny Oaks Drive
  • 99 Merv's Burgers 6306 Highway 58
  • 99 Zaxby's 4815 Highway 58
  • 99 Cheese Dip Mexican Grille 6312 Bonny Oaks Drive
  • 99 El Fogon 8023 Hixson Pike
  • 99 Moonpie General Store 429 Broad Street
  • 99 Little Caesar's 4632 Highway 58
  • 100 The 405 Mid-East Bistro 405 Market Street
  • 100 Maple Street Biscuit Company 407 Broad Street
  • 100 Salsarita's 252 Northgate Mall

Hamilton County school facilities

  • 88 Howard High 2500 S. Market St.; reasons including toilets inoperable in some restrooms, chairs in auditorium in poor repair, lights in poor repair, auditorium air system not working properly. Updated to 96.
  • 93 Barger Academy 4804 Brainerd Road
  • 95 Hunter Middle School 6810 Lebron Sterchi
  • 96 CSLA 6579 East Brainerd Road
  • 98 Apison Elementary 10433 East Brainerd Road
  • 98 Middle Valley Elementary 1609 Thrasher Pike

Hamilton County tattoos/body piercing

  • 100 Sick Boys Ink 5139 Hixson Pike

In Fort Oglethorpe, Park Place Restaurant came in with an 82 this week. That's still a good score. However, the inspector found some issues with food handling. For instance, the food in the cooler was not cold enough. Those items were discarded and the cooler will be fixed. The inspector saw some fried okra that was not hot enough. He talked with the staff about cooking to order and making sure food was discarded properly. This violation was corrected on-site.  Other violations include a dusty fan blowing over the prep area plus a bowl being used as a scoop for feta cheese -- and the cups next to the drink machine were stacked while wet. 

CATOOSA COUNTY

  • 91 Battlefield Elementary School 1101 Battlefield Pkwy Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 91 Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School 1001 Battlefield Pkwy Fort Oglethorpe
  • 93 Circle K Stores Inc #2723622/Subway 11418 41 Hwy Ringgold
  • 87 Circle K Stores Inc.#2723622/Aunt M's 11418 41 Hwy Ringgold
  • 99 Boynton Elementary School 3938 Boynton Dr. Ringgold, 
  • 82 Park Place Restaurant 2891 Lafayette Rd Fort Oglethorpe
  • 91 Super 8 Fort Oglethorpe 2044 Lafayette Rd Fort Oglethorpe
  • 90 Econo Lodge Inn And Suites (Cont. Breakfast) 2120 Lafayette Rd Ft. Oglethorpe

DADE COUNTY

  • 90 Little Caesars 4651 Highway 136 Trenton
  • 96 Geneva's Restaurant 12118 Highway 136 Trenton
  • 94 Larry's Restaurant 4514 Highway 136 Trenton
  • 100 Davis Elementary School Highway 301 Trenton

MURRAY COUNTY

  • 88 Sonic 625 N Third Ave Chatsworth

Walker County

  • 92 Little Caesars, 804 N Main Street, Lafayette
  • 92 Snack Shack 923 Schmitt Road, Rossville
  • 100 Mumdee's 3277 Chattanooga Valley Rd, Flintstone
  • 93 Lifestyle Cuisine 67 Sanford Ln, Flintstone
  • 100 South Walker Head Start, 3 Probasco St Lafayette


Whitfield County

  • 94 Morris Innovative High School, 104 Fort Hill Ter, Dalton
  • 99 Cafe Ostro, 240 Hamilton St, Dalton
  • 99 Ice Castle 2514 E Walnut Ave ste 1, Dalton
  • 91 Krystal 301 W Waugh St, Dalton
  • 100 Ryman Hall/Fellowship Center, 2203 S Dixie Rd, Dalton
  • 99 Centro De Bienestar, 2705 Airport Rd, Dalton
  • 92 Sonic, 1369 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 100 Cedar Ridge Elementary, 285 Cedar Ridge Rd, Dalton
  • 88 Red Roof Inn, 1529 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 96 Wendy's 214 Connector 3, Dalton
  • 93 Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant 1525 Cleveland Hwy, Dalton
  • 95 Subway 920 Market St STE G, Dalton
  • 91 Bob's Burgers 3356 S Dixie Hwy, Dalton
  • 100 Park Creek School, 1500 Hale Bowen Dr, Dalton
  • 97 Beaverdale Elementary, 9196 Hwy 2 Dalton
  • 96 Coahulla Creek High, 3361 Crow Rd, Dalton
  • 94 Miracle's Pizzeria 2208 Cleveland Hwy Dalton
  • 94 Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen 1247 Glenwood Ave, Dalton
  • 91 Peking Express 408 N Glenwood Ave, Dalton