2 Japanese restaurants score lowest in Knox health inspections

2 Japanese restaurants score lowest in Knox health inspections

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two Japanese restaurants had the lowest health inspection scores this week.

The restaurants had similar violations. There were problems with food temperatures, keeping the places clean, and proper employee hygiene.

Tangerine Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar, 5328 Millertown Pike - Grade: 68

The health department considers any score below 70 unsanitary.

The inspector noted one violation that Food for Thought has never seen before. Mosquitoes were found in a big container of salt. The salt is used in the cooking at the restaurant.

The manager quickly threw it away.

The inspector found there was no soap at an employee handsink.

She also watched a server touch her hair while preparing drinks, which is an infraction.

The inspector writes some pots and pans had been put away dirty.

Fruit was found stored next to raw chicken. Because chicken is filled with bacteria, that creates the possibility of cross contamination.


Ichiban Japanese Grill, 7637 Clinton Highway - Grade: 73

Next lowest grade of the week is a 73, a passing score.

Here the inspector watched a kitchen worker wash and rinse dishes and pans, but they were not sanitized as required by health rules.

The inspector found food being thawed in a "dirty" sink.

He writes tongs used to pick up food were stored in a dirty sink.

Some fish and sushi in one of the coolers were stored not at 41 degrees or below, as required.

Paper towels were being used as a liner for food, which is against health rules.


Food for Thought reported last week the Bearden Hill Fieldhouse on Kingston Pike received a 67. The restaurant was re-inspected and the new grade is a respectable 87.


Top scores of the Week

  • Domino's Pizza, 1564 Asheville Highway - Grade: 100
  • Two Peppers Taco Grill, a mobile cart - Grade: 98
  • Subway, 3708 Chapman Highway -Grade: 96
  • Steamboat Sandwiches, 2307 W Emory Rd. - Grade: 90
  • Dead End Bar BQ, 3621 Sutherland Ave. - Grade: 90 
  • The taco bell on western avenue also scores a 90.
  • Subway, 2734 Schaad Road - Grade: 89
  • Snappy Tomato Pizza, 2806 Schaad Road - Grade: 89

Restaurants are inspected every six months. Follow up inspectors are usually conduced within two weeks.

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