Three Knoxville restaurants receive low inspection scores

Three Knoxville restaurants receive low inspection scores

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three area restaurants received low inspection scores this week.

Two of the low-scoring restaurants just squeaked by with passing grades of 70, but the place with the lowest health score flunked its inspection.

Below 70 is considered unsanitary by health department.

Lowest score:

Creative Catering, 1108 Woodland Avenue - Grade: 65

The inspector found potentially hazardous food temperatures above 41 degrees.

Meat was also left out thawing at room temperature. Frozen food is supposed to be thawed in the refrigerator to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

The inspector also found an open drink sitting on the food preparation table. It's okay for kitchen workers to sip drinks, but there needs to be a top on the drink cup and a straw to prevent potential accidents.

A box of plates were on the floor. They should be up on shelves to keep them clean.

Other low scores:

These scores are passing, but just barely.

The Bel Air Grill, 3820 Neal Drive - Grade: 70

The inspector found an employee smoking in the kitchen. That was accepted years ago, but nowadays no one is allowed to smoke in restaurants, including employees.

The inspector also writes that the machine that makes hamburger patties was dirty and hadn't been sanitized.

And chili in the steam table was at 130 degrees, but 140 and above is the required, safe temperature.

Savelli's Deli, 3055 Sutherland Avenue - Grade: 70

The inspector watched the cook touch raw beef and then touch ready-to-eat food containers without washing his hands first.

Vegetable pasta dishes were at 130 degrees, below the temperature needed to kill the growth of bacteria.

Top scores:

  • Confectionista's Kitchen, 7355 Chapman Highway - Grade: 100
  • Captain D's, 4320 Chapman Highway - Grade: 99
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery, 11308 Parkside Drive - Grade: 98
  • KFC, 4200 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • Krystal, 4100 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • The Line-Up Kitchen, 6547 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • Waffle House, 7202 Chapman Highway Grade: 97
  • Rafferty's, 8906 Kingston Pike - Grade: 96

Many of those top scoring restaurants serve lots of people and grades in the high 90s are terrific.

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