3 Turkey Creek restaurants land lowest scores of the week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Three West Knoxville restaurants netted the lowest restaurant scores in this week's health department inspections.

All three restaurants passed their inspections, but did require follow-ups.

Calhoun's in Turkey Creek recorded the lowest grade of the week, a 77. Anything below 70 is failing.

The inspector noted a food temperature violation. Prime rib wasn't hot enough at 120 degrees. It should have been 130 or higher to slow bacteria growth.

There was also a violation that we hadn't seen before. In his report, the inspector noted there was no ID tag on oysters. By law, all live shellfish sold come with an ID tag with a date on it attached to the container. 

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In addition, several cooks were not observed washing their hands when going from one task to the next, which is required. The inspector noted a food chopper hadn't been taken apart and cleaned properly, so he did some on-the-spot training.

The restaurant was reinspected and rescored at 97.

The next-lowest grade is a 79 at Baskin Robbins on Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek. That's a passing grade, but there were some critical violations.

An employee with painted fingernails was not wearing gloves. It's okay to have fancy nails, but with the colorful polish, you can't see whether the nails are clean or dirty. So those employees are required to wear gloves.

The manager was observed drying his hands on a dirty apron, instead of on a towel, as required. 

Also, employees weren't aware of the five symptoms of illness -- important rules to know.

Baskin Robbins was also reinspected and their grade changed to a 93.

Finally, Connors Steak and Seafood at Turkey Creek earned an 80 in their initial inspection.

Food temperature violations were noted. Prime rib was at 120 degrees, instead of the required 130-plus. Crab meat was held at 48 degrees, instead of the 41 or below to slow bacteria growth.

Here, too, oyster tags weren't handled properly. And when the inspector checked surfaces that were supposed to be clean, they were dirty.

The original grade of 80 was upgraded to a 100 upon reinspection.

There were quite a few perfect grades this week. Here are the best scores:

  • West Hills Flats and Taps, 7403 Kingston Pike, 100
  • Scrambled Jake's, 7428 Northshore Drive, 100
  • Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center Way, 100
  • Troubadour Roadhouse, 4705 Old Kingston Pike, 100
  • Casual Pint, 143 Brooklawn Street, 100
  • Empire Pizza, 10420 Kingston Pike, 100
  • Starbucks, 7803 Montvue Center, 100
  • McDonald's, 7030 Kingston Pike, 100


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