Food from home helps earn failing scores at Knox restaurants

Food from home helps earn failing scores at Knox restaurants


Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Six well-known Knoxville area restaurants received failing grades in their most recent health inspections.

The Knox County Health Department considers a score below 70 as unsanitary.

Failing by 14 points: Outback Steakhouse at 314 Merchants Drive - Grade 56

The inspector writes that she watched a kitchen worker remove his gloves, wipe his hands on a dirty apron and then handle food without washing his hands.

The inspector found gloves used by employees stored on a shelf with toxic chemicals.

Other violations include uncovered chicken and shrimp in the cooler. They should have been covered to protect them.

Dirty food containers were stacked with clean ones.

Bistro at the Bijou at 807 Gay Street - Grade: 58

The inspector found home-canned food in the walk-in cooler. It's not allowed at restaurants due to the potential for botulism.

The dishwasher had no sanitizer running through it.

Some turkey wasn't at the proper temperature.

Texas Roadhouse at 11001 Turkey Drive - Grade: 60

The inspector found a moldy lime in the refrigerator.

Chicken and beef were out of temperature.

The temperature of the water in the dishwasher wasn't hot enough.

A kitchen worker preparing raw meat touched his ear and head without washing his hands.

Oodles at 18 Market Square - Grade: 61

A jar of home-grown peppers was found in the storage room so they were thrown out.

There was no hot water at one of the bathroom hand sinks.

Chopped ham was at 55 degrees. It should have been at 41 or below to slow the growth of bacteria.

Mandarin House at 314 Merchants Drive - Grade: 61

The inspector found crab thawing at room temperature. It's supposed to thaw in the refrigerator to slow bacteria growth.

There were moldy cucumbers in the refrigerator. Five pounds were thrown away.

There was a problem with the cooler. The temperature read 55 degrees, but 41 is the proper temperature. Two pizzas and several dozen eggs were thrown away.

IHOP at 7609 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 64

The inspector writes that food temperatures were off.

He found supposedly clean cooking equipment that was dirty.

There were several plumbing leaks, which aren't allowed in kitchen restaurants.

Top score:

  • Subway at 25 Market Square - 97

Other high marks:

  • Farley Burgers at 7600 Kingston Pike in West Town Mall - 96
  • Jersey Mikes at 150 Lovell Road - 92
  • Quizno's at 10649 Hardin Valley Road - 90
  • Mid Day Cafe at 9915 Kingston Pike - 90

Those grades in the 90s are in stark contrast to those low scores in the 50s where some work needs to be done.

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