Roaches, wrong food temps hurt scores at 2 Knox eateries

Roaches, wrong food temps factor into flunking scores at 2 Knox eateries


Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The lowest scoring Knoxville area restaurant in this list has made the bottom of the barrel before.

Low scores:

Mandarin Palace at Knoxville Center Mall, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive - Grade: 63

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

The inspector found roaches on the kitchen floor. The manager was told to call the restaurant's pest control company.

Also in the kitchen, the inspector found food stored on the floor, which was dirty.

Here's a violation Food for Thought hasn't seen before. The inspector found seafood shells being re-used at Mandarin Palace.

In the three-compartment sink where pots and pans are cleaned and sanitized, the rinse water was dirty.

A bottle of hand sanitizer was found next to food. Since it contains chemicals, it shouldn't be stored near food.

Hardee's at 3926 Asheville Highway - Grade 67

The inspector found hash browns between 117 and 127 degrees, but 141 is the proper temperature to kill the growth of bacteria.

The temperature of other food at Hardee's was correct.

An employee at the drive-thru window who was preparing food for customers didn't wash her hands after touching some dirty items.

Top scores:

Denenie Weenies mobile cart, at Tennessee Valley Fair this week - 99

McDonald's at 322 Merchants Road - 91

Subway at 6217 River Crossing Drive - 91

Prime Time New York Style Hot Dog at 800 S. Gay Street - 90

If you notice a health violation, politely inform the manager. If no action is taken, call your county health department.

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