No restaurants fail inspection; two low scoring restaurants get

No restaurants fail inspection; two low scoring restaurants get reinspected

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been a good week as area health inspectors found no restaurants with failing grades. Two places that had bad scores have been reinspected.  

Local county health departments inspect restaurants to make sure that food employees follow safe food handling practices and that restaurant management maintain clean kitchens with the sole purpose of providing safe and wholesome foods.

The inspection is just a snapshot of one point in time of that facility that is inspected once every six months.

The inspector pays close attention to such things as food temperature. He also watches personal hygiene practices of kitchen workers and checks dishwashing practices.

When the score is bad, the inspector will have to go back to an establishment to follow up.

New to the state health inspection report is a section where the inspector takes time out to discuss health rules and regulations with management and staff, going over such things as the "do not touch rules," or proper hand washing regulations.

Recently, we saw some payoff there with quite a few high scores.

This week, a couple of restaurants have been reinspected.

Oodles Uncorked, 18 Market Square - Old Grade: 58, New Grade: 80

Sam and Andy's West, 11110 Kingston Pike - Old Grade: 67, New Grade: 84

As mentioned, there are a lot of high health inspection grades.  

Some of the places we've seen on the top list before, while others are new to the top ranking restaurants.

Top scores:

  • Mer Mer's Bakery, 617 N. Gay Street - Grade: 99  
  • Hot Dawg Hut, Mobile Cart - Grade: 99
  • Suttree's High Gravity Tavern, 409 S. Gay Street - Grade: 97
  • Starbucks, 329 N. Cedar Bluff Road - Grade: 97
  • River Grill, Johnson University - Grade: 97
  • Doodles BBQ Bistro, 2515 Willow Point Way - Grade: 96
  • Cru Bistro, 141 S. Gay Street - Grade: 95
  • Hardee's, 3718 Western Avenue - Grade: 94

Those high grades reflect staff and management paying close attention to detail, watching one another to make sure they follow the rules.

Their payoff is that "A" grade at the end of the inspection.

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