Four Knoxville-area restaurants fail their health inspections

Four Knoxville-area restaurants fail their health inspections

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A surprising number of area restaurants failed their latest semi-annual health inspection. Food for Thought hasn't seen this number of low inspection scores in months. Four restaurants have grades below 70.

Shrimp Oysters & Beer, 747 N. Campbell Station Road - Grade: 68

The inspector found fruit flies in several areas of the restaurant: near the soda fountain, the bar, and in the kitchen.

In the walk-in cooler, the inspector found a moldy tomato. It was thrown out. The inspector also found dirty rags on a food preparation table.

Sonic, 7519 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 68

Here, the inspector watched a kitchen worker put his hands down the back of his pants as he tucked in his shirt, then he started touching hot dog buns without washing his hands first.

Also, the inspector found no sanitizer being used in the sanitizing section of the three compartment sink where pots and pan are washed, rinsed and sanitized.

Taco Bell, 6504 Chapman Highway - Grade 68

The inspector found the temperature of food on one of the serving lines at 48 degrees, but 41 and below is required to slow bacteria growth.

He also found taco shells stored under an open first aid kit. Heath rules state no food is supposed to be close to a first aid kit.

Long's Drug Store, 4604 Kingston Pike - Grade: 69

When the inspector checked the temperature of cooked sausage, it was 130 degrees, but 140 and above is required.

Also, a pesticide was found stored over food; it's supposed to be kept far from food to prevent any surprises. 

Top scores of the week

  • IHOP, 7609 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 100
  • Top Dogs, mobile cart - Grade: 100
  • Two Sisters Gourmet, 7419 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 96
  • McDonald's, 7545 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 95
  • Gettysvue Country Club Kitchen, 9317 Linksvue Drive - Grade: 95
  • Cru Bistro, 141 S. Gay Street - Grade: 92
  • Quiznos, 7220 Chapman Highway - Grade: 91
  • Nama Sushi, 5130 Kingston Pike - Grade: 90

That 100 at IHOP and those grades in the mid-90s are very difficult to get, especially when there are lots of customers keeping the kitchen staff busy.

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