Popular steakhouse fails for hand washing, food temps

Popular steakhouse fails for hand washing, food temps

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A popular steakhouse scored a failing health inspection report for a number of critical violations and a grade the health department considers unsanitary.

The inspector will soon return to re-examine the place, to see if the violations have been corrected.

Lowest score:

Outback Steakhouse, 7400 Sawyer Lane - Grade: 60

This restaurant is located on the Strawberry Plains exit off of I-40.

The inspector watched a cook preparing raw meat forget to wash his hands when he was supposed to. Hand washing is critical especially when handling raw beef.

The inspector found that a potato slicer and a blender had not been sanitized.

He also found hand soap stored over food. Imagine the strange taste if some of that soap accidentally got onto the food.

Food temperature was a problem at this Outback Steakhouse. Chicken was not cool enough and soup not hot enough.

41 degrees and below is the proper cool temperature to serve food, but on the other end of the temperature gauge, warm food has to be at least 140 degrees.  

Again, the restaurant will be reinspected soon, within 10 to 20 days.

Top scores:

  • Green's Tavern, 9307 Kingston Pike - Grade: 100
  • Kitts Cafe, Greenway Drive - Grade: 99
  • Mer-Mer's Bakery, 619 Gay Street - Grade: 99
  • Suttree's High Gravity, 409 S. Gay St. - Grade: 98
  • Scott's Cafe, 4700 Asheville Highway - Grade: 97
  • Alma's Cakes, 3204 Ashland Avenue - Grade: 97
  • McDonald's, 7545 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 96
  • Dunkin' Donuts, 9411 S. Northshore - Grade: 96
  • Cracker Barrel, 2920 S. Mall Road - Grade: 95
  • Long John Silvers, 4833 Broadway Street - Grade: 95
  • Burger King, 7206 Region Lane - Grade: 95

Quite a contrast in health inspection scores this week.

Those in the 90s reflect wholesome food, as well as managers and staff knowing what they're doing to keep their places clean.

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