Knoxville restaurants score low because of food temperatures

Knoxville restaurants score low because of wrong food temperatures

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Health inspectors have been told by the state to pay close attention to food temperatures because harmful bacteria can multiply rapidly if food isn't held at certain temperatures. 

The temperature range is known as the food temperature danger zone.

Some of those critical violations were found in inspection reports of two area restaurants that scored low this week.


Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 10978 Parkside Drive - Grade: 69

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

The temperature of caramelized onions at Brixx was in the danger zone at 97 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 140 and above is required to kill the growth of bacteria.

The inspector ordered the onions pull off the grill.

The inspector writes that he watched a kitchen worker wipe down a food preparation table with a soiled cloth.

The inspector also found no hot water at a sink next to the grill. Hot water is required by health rules.

Raw hamburger meat was stored next to cheese, which presents a potential problem of cross-contamination.

Gus's Good Times Deli, 815 Melrose Place - Grade: 72

This restaurant received a passing grade, but there were critical violations.

The inspector found a pan of gyros meat at 53 degrees. It should have been at 41 degrees or below to slow growth of bacteria.

The meat, along with three tubs of sauce, were thrown away.

The inspector also writes an employee grabbed a dirty apron then touched ready-to-eat bacon without washing her dirty hands.

The ice maker had mold in it.

Top inspection scores of the week:

  • Philippine Egg Roll Express, 3625 Western Avenue - Grade: 96
  • Dunkin' Donuts, 715 North Campbell Station Road - Grade: 96
  • Sweet Frog, 10901 Parkside Drive - Grade: 95
  • Krystal, 3910 Western Avenue - Grade: 95
  • Quiznos Subs, 1517 White Avenue - Grade: 95
  • McDonald's, 3120 N. Broadway - Grade: 93
  • Subway, 25 Market Square - Grade: 92
  • Papa John's Pizza, 10820 Kingston Pike - Grade: 92

Health departments throughout East Tennessee conduct health inspection classes every month. Additionally, inspectors discuss the rules with managers every time they check a restaurant.

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