Four restaurants start 2014 with failing health grades

Four restaurants start 2014 with failing health grades

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Four area restaurants are starting the new year off on the wrong foot.

The Outlook, 716 20th Street - Grade: 58

The Outlook is a relatively new place at the corner of Cumberland and 20th Street near the University of Tennessee.

No one wants to see a mouse in a restaurant kitchen. The inspector watched it scurry around and ordered the restaurant manager to call their pest control company.

In the ladies' restroom, there was no hot water at the hand sink. The toilet in the ladies' room was out of order.

In the kitchen, the hand sink there was being used for storage. It is supposed to be used for washing hands.

Dragon Den Restaurant, 10205 Kingston Pike - Grade: 64

Food temperatures here were way off. Rice at the sushi bar was 70 degrees. It should have been at 140 or above. Fried chicken was at 53 degrees. It should have been a 41 or below. The rice and chicken were thrown away.

This is a good one. The inspector says he watched the restaurant manager wash his hands at the three-compartment sink. That sink is where pots and pants are washed, cleaned and rinsed.

Wendy's, 2401 Chapman Highway - Grade: 66

The inspector found the holding temperature of hamburgers at 51 degrees, but 41 is required.

Also, a kitchen worker preparing burgers was seen touching his apron, but neglected to wash his hands. That is required after touching something dirty like an apron.    

The Orangery, 5412 Kingston Pike - Grade: 67 77

Crab meat was found out of temperature.

A pesticide was found stored with cleaning chemicals, they're supposed to be separated to prevent any surprises.

The Orangery has been reinspected, and the new score is a 77.

Top scores of the week:

  • Snappy Tomato Pizza, 11507 Kingston Pike - Grade: 100
  • Tokyo Hibachi, 9428 Northshore Drive - Grade: 98
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 950 Volunteer Landing - Grade: 97
  • Jacob's Time Out Deli, 5307 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 96
  • Koko Japanese Grill, 8883 Town & Country Circle - Grade: 96
  • Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike - Grade: 96
  • North Corner Sandwich Shop, 2400 N. Central Avenue - Grade: 96
  • Lunch Box Market & Cafe, 607 Market Street - Grade: 96

Many of the top scoring restaurants we've seen here serve lots of people daily and you can't beat those grades from the mid-90s and up.

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