We don’t have any failures to report this week, but a couple of Hamilton County restaurants came pretty close.

Anything below a 70 is a failing grade and The Big Table on Cross Street scored a 71. The inspector saw a cook handle ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands and observed an employee wipe a knife on a dirty apron and rinse it in a hand sink. Potatoes were stored in a bag on the floor. Foods were left to cool at room temperature and raw meats were stored above vegetables in the walk-in cooler. The inspector also found dirty walls, shelving and containers.

The New China Buffet and Grill on Cummings Highway scored a 73. The inspector found food stored uncovered in the walk-in cooler, along with food stored less than six inches above the floor in the freezer. In-use utensils were stored in standing water and between equipment and the walk-in freezer floors were dirty.

In Murray County, Toyo II Japan in Chatsworth had a follow-up visit from inspectors after last week’s failing grade of 48 and earned an 87, but still had a couple of notable issues. The inspector found two tubs of raw beef stored above bell peppers in the cooler and spotted several flies during the inspection. The restaurant had an issue with roaches in the previous inspection.

We do have several perfect scores of 100 to report. Congratulations to Fiamma Pizza Company on North Market Street in Chattanooga, Wendy’s on East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, Mundee’s on Chattanooga Valley Road in Flintstone, Dalton Elk’s Lodge – Vista Restaurant on Elkwood Drive in Dalton, Dalton Falls Gold on Airport Road in Dalton and Mr. Toca Taqueria on Thornton Avenue in Dalton.

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. Someone will personally handle your complaint.