North Knoxville buffet receives low score for cleanliness issues

North Knoxville buffet receives low score for cleanliness issues

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The lack of cleanliness at several area restaurants kept health inspections scores low this week. The lack of cleanliness at several area restaurants kept health inspections scores low this week.
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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The lack of cleanliness at several area restaurants kept health inspections scores low this week.

Maintaining proper hygiene is critical. Restaurant managers know the importance of keeping things clean in the kitchen and making sure workers follow the health rules.  

Lowest Grade:

Great American Steak and Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive - Grade: 72

A score below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

Here, the inspector found unclean utensils stored with clean, sanitized utensils.

When he looked inside the ice machine, it was dirty, as was the ice scoop and the soft drink machine was dirty.

Shelves in the walk-in cooler were dirty; the inspector writes they had food debris on them.

No soap was found at the hand basin where employees are supposed to wash their hands.

Other low scores:

Wing Zone, 2121 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 74

74 is a passing score, but at Wing Zone a couple of baskets full of chicken wings were between 85 and 90 degrees. 140 and above is necessary to kill the growth of bacteria.

Two baskets of chicken were thrown out.

Foul smelling, soiled rags were found under a shelf at the table grill.

Wonder if they were being used to clean the table?

Also, an employee was found with long fingernails that were dirty.  

The Mandarin Palace, Knoxville Center Mall - Grade: 74

Here, raw foods were stored next to and over cooked foods in the walk-in cooler.

We don't think of that as a problem in our refrigerators at home, but you can't do it at restaurant refrigerators because of the potential for cross-contamination.

Also, employees were observed reusing their gloves after getting them dirty.

They have to remember to change them whenever the gloves are soiled.

Top scores:

  • Subway, 9450  S. Northshore Drive - Grade: 96
  • Hardee's, 5423 Asheville Highway - Grade: 96
  • Cities Cupcake Boutique, 5201 Kingston Pike - Grade: 95
  • Cracker Barrel, 9214 Parkwest Blvd - Grade: 93
  • Primetime NY Style Hotdog, mobile cart - Grade: 92
  • Captain D's, 812 Merchants Drive - Grade: 90


Health inspection reports and their scores are public record. You can view the entire report at your local county health department.

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