Two popular Knoxville bars among the five low scores this week

Two popular Knoxville bars among the five low scores this week

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Five area restaurants scored poor health inspections reports this week.

The inspection grades at the low scoring restaurants were under 70. And the health department considers any grade below 70 as "unsanitary."

Lowest Score:

Central Flats and Taps, 1204 Central Ave - Old Grade: 56, New Grade: 79


The inspector watched the dishwasher load dirty dishes, then began to unload the clean dishes without first washing his dirty hands.

Also, a clean knife was found in a dirty storage drawer.

The slicer, used to cut food, was dirty and unsanitized.

The inspector found a spoiled lime and he writes that dishes were not being properly sanitized.

Now, Central Flats and Taps has been re-inspected, the score there now is a 79.

Other failing scores:

Oscar's, 1840 Cumberland Ave - Grade: 61

At Oscar's, the temperature of baked potatoes ranged from 85 to 120, but 140 and above is the proper safe temperature. Eleven baked potatoes were thrown out.

Also, food in the cooler was too warm. 41 and below is the safe cool temperature.

An employee was caught munching on food while preparing food. You can't do that.

Also another employee was seen sipping a drink that did not have either a straw or lid on the cup.

Taqueria El Jalapeno, mobile cart - Grade: 66

Here the inspector found an open bag of rice stored on the floor of the mobile unit.

Employees did not wash their hands as required by health rules.

Even if they had tried to wash up, there was no soap or towels at the handsink.

Downtown Grill and Brewery, 424 Gay Street - Grade: 68


The temperature of ranch dip and sour cream were off.

An employee was seen wiping his hands on a dirty apron, but forgetting to wash his hands before touching ready-to-eat food.

Burger King, 5316 Millertown Pike - Grade: 69

Here, too, an employee didn't follow proper hygiene practices while handling food.

And an employee drink was found stored on a food preparation table. Can't do that.

Burger King, 5316 Millertown Pike - Old Grade: 69, New Grade: 87

Now that Burger King has been re-inspected, The new grade is a respectable 87.

Top Scores:

There are some real high inspection grades this week, let's take a look at them.

  • Java Spice, 9352 Parkwest Blvd - Grade: 100
  • Koolioz, 10645 Hardin Valley Rd - Grade: 100
  • Edible Arrangements, 9307 Kingston Pike - Grade: 100
  • Melinda's Country Kitchen - 465 Park 40 North Blvd - Grade: 99
  • The Blue Store - 505 Clinch Valley Road - Grade: 99
  • La Concinita - 5528 Malachi Drive - Grade: 98
  • Trio Cafe - 13 Market Square - Grade: 96
  • Buddy's BBQ, 5806 Kingston Pike - Grade: 95

Every month, local health departments conduct food safety classes that are free.

Those restaurants with low inspection scores are encouraged to send key employees to these classes.

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