Two restaurants receive low scores for food temperatures

Two restaurants receive low scores for food temperatures, employee hygiene

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are quite a few high scoring restaurant health inspection grades this week, but two places had trouble.

Health inspectors continue to pay close attention to employee hygiene and food temperatures, two critical violations that can potentially cause illness if not corrected.

Lowest score:

The Philippine Connection, Magnolia Avenue - Grade: 73

Below 70 is considered an unsanitary grade by the health department.

The inspector watched a kitchen worker preparing food touching his glasses and face, but forgetting to wash his hands as he continued handling food.

Rice was at 131 degrees but 140 is required to kill the growth of bacteria.

When he checked the dishwasher, The Philippine Connection didn't use a sanitizer.

Finally, rat poison was found stored next to food. Yikes. Chemicals or poisons are supposed to be stored in a separate area far away from food for obvious reasons.

Café 4, Market Square - Grade: 73

Here the inspector found raw steak stored over cooked crab meat. The potential problem is cross contamination - bacteria from the steak getting mixed into the crab meat.

A kitchen worker was observed removing his gloves, then touching equipment, but forgetting to wash his hands before resuming food preparation.

Also chicken was found at 49 degrees, but 41 is required. That problem was fixed on the spot.

Reinspected Scores:

Last week we reported Puleo's Grill at 242 Morrell Road scored a 70. It's been re-inspected with an adjusted grade of 89.

Top scores:

  • Willie's Restaurant, 10321 Chapman Highway - Grade: 99
  • Edible Arrangements, 9307 Kingston Pike - Grade: 99
  • Buddy's Bar-B-Q, 5806 Kingston Pike - Grade: 98
  • Willie's Restaurant, 737 Dolly Parton Parkway - Grade: 97
  • Hardee's, 2919 Tazewell Pike - Grade: 96
  • Hardee's, 7437 Maynardville Highway - Grade: 95
  • I Love NY Pizza, Chapman Highway - Grade: 95
  • Burger King, 7216 Chapman Highway - Grade: 95
  • Ye Olde Steakhouse, 6838 Chapman Highway - Grade: 94
  • Lenny's Sub Shop, 4622 Kingston Pike - Grade: 94
  • Bonefish Grill, 6610 Kingston Pike - Grade: 93
  • Laurel Mountain Eatery, 722 S. Gay Street - Grade: 93


So many high grades in the 90s this week. Managers and staff did an excellent job at those restaurants.

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