Two Knoxville restaurants fail health inspections

Two Knoxville restaurants fail health inspections

Posted:
  • Food for ThoughtMore>>

  • Restaurant Scores

    Restaurant Scores

    The inspection scores reported here are accurate at the time of this report. To check the latest scores, visit the Tennessee Department of Health website.
    The inspection scores reported here are accurate at the time of this report. To check the latest scores, visit the Tennessee Department of Health website.More >>
  • Don Dare

    Don Dare

    Don Dare 6 On Your Side reporter Don Dare reports on the latest restaurant inspections by the Knox County Health Department every Thursday on 6 News at 6:00.
    Each week, 6 On Your Side reporter Don Dare checks the latest restaurant inspections by the Knox County Health Department. Find out which restaurants flunked and which are the cleanest every ThursdayMore >>

By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two popular family-style restaurants scored failing health inspection grades.

We have seen a few of the low scoring restaurants this week on the bottom list before.  

Lowest Score:

Don Jose's Mexican Grill, Tazewell Pike - Grade: 64

Any score below 70 is considered unsanitary.

The inspector writes ten pounds of chicken were thrown away because the temperature was at 65 after sitting on the food preparation counter. It should have been in the refrigerator.

Also, a worker washing pots and pans with soap and water, rinsed them, but didn't sanitize them as he's required to do.

Another worker brought dirty items to the sink, wiped his hands on a towel and started cooking food.

But he forgot the other process. He should have washed his dirty hands first.

Other low scores:

Texas Roadhouse, near Knoxville Center Mall - Grade: 65

The inspector ordered a pound of rice thrown away because the temperature was way off at 78 degrees. The temperature of steak left in the cooler was off as well.

Next is a hygiene problem we don't see that often.

As you have likely observed, tables at restaurants are cleaned with a wiping cloth.

Well, the cloth is supposed to be kept in a bucket with sanitizer in it. However, the inspector found no sanitizer in the bucket at Texas Roadhouse.

Cheddar's, Clinton Highway - Grade: 70

The inspector observed a kitchen worker forgetting to wash his hands after handling raw chicken.

The temperature of beef in the cooler was at 48 degrees, seven degrees below the required 41.

The soda dispenser was "dirty," and mold was growing in the walk-in cooler.

Irish Times, Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek - Grade: 70

Sausage was at 51 degrees. The problem was the cooling unit. It wasn't working properly.

The inspector writes that the food slicer was dirty and food in the walk-in cooler had been left uncovered.

Top scores:

Several restaurants this week scored inspection grades in the mid to high 90's, let's take a look.

  • Salsarita's in Alcoa, Louisville Road - Grade: 98
  • Ovations Food, Jacob's Building, Chilhowee Park - Grade: 98
  • Sarku, West Town Mall - Grade: 94
  • Sonic Drive-In, 4515 Chapman Hwy - Grade: 94
  • The Hoof Fresh Farm food truck, Depot Street - Grade: 94
  • North Corner Sandwich Shop - 2400 Central Ave - Grade: 94
  • Mooyah, 7301 Kingston Pike - Grade: 93
  • Moe's Southwest Grill, 1800 Cumberland Ave - Grade: 93

Good to see quite a few high volume restaurants with high inspection grades.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.