Four different restaurants fail health inspection

Four different restaurants fail health inspection

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Several area restaurants have health inspection scores in the 60's this week.

It's been months since we've seen this many restaurants with failing health scores, but we have them this week.

Lowest Score:

Brazeiros, 6901 Kingston Pike - Grade: 60


Any grade below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

At the Brazilian steakhouse, the inspector found a problem with food temperatures.

Salami was at 51 degrees, but 41 and below is the required temperature.

There was no hot water at a kitchen hand sink, so workers could not properly wash their hands.

And a window cleaner was labeled "bleach water."

Other low scores:

Big Fatty's, 5005 Kingston Pike - Grade: 61


The inspector writes that the walk-in cooler wasn't holding temperature at 41 degrees, as the rule requires.

And food in the walk-in cooler wasn't covered.     

Also at Big Fatty's, the dishwasher was dirty and the rinse temperature in the dishwater wasn't hot enough. It should be at least 165 degrees. It wasn't.

La Rumba, 4900 Chambliss Street - Grade: 61

The inspector found raw chicken stored over ready-to-eat food, creating a potential for cross-contamination from bacteria in that raw chicken.

Also, there was no hot water in the ladies' restroom.

Mooyah Burgers, 7301 Kingston Pike - Grade: 68

The inspector writes that after handling raw beef, the cook forgot to wash his hands before he started preparing other food.

The inspector also found soap stored over food. If there had been the slightest mishap and some of that soap got onto food, the taste would have been nasty.

And again, here too, there was no hot water at one of the hand sinks.

Top Scores:

  • Taco Bell, 6504 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • Wagon Wheel, 115. S. Central Street - Grade: 98
  • McDonald's, 11205 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Sonic Drive-In, 3307 N. Broadway - Grade: 96
  • KFC, 4200 Chapman Highway - Grade: 96
  • Burger King, 5310 N. Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 95
  • Sam's Restaurant & Deli, 4405 Broadway - Grade: 95
  • Little Caesars Pizza, 7335 Chapman Hwy - Grade: 95


Don't forget, inspection reports are supposed to be posted where you can see them.

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