Five Knoxville area restaurants fail health inspections

Five Knoxville area restaurants fail health inspections

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - We haven't seen this many restaurants with low health inspection grades in a single week in quite a while. Five restaurants failed this week.

Rice King, 7327 Tazewell Pike - Grade: 61

The inspector found pork chops stored in a pan of water that was at 51 degrees. The store manager had apparently been thawing the pork chops. That is the wrong place and wrong temperature.

In the walk-in cooler, the inspector found food that had been left uncovered.

Knives that had been put away as clean were dirty. The inspector found food debris on the knives.

When she checked the microwave oven, it was dirty.

Cinnabon, West Town Mall - Grade: 64

Fruit flies were found buzzing around.

The inspector wrote that glass cleaner, a chemical, was found hung on a syrup rack. Chemicals are supposed to be placed in a separate area so there are no mistakes.

Chick-fil-A Express, 800 South Gay Street - Grade: 67

The inspector writes the temperature of fried chicken was 120 degrees, but it should have been 140 and above. The chicken was thrown away.

Also, an employee was observed putting on gloves without first washing her hands as state health rules require.

Makino Japanese Buffet, 8217 Kingston Pike - Grade: 68

In dry storage, the inspector found dented cans of food. A dent can potentially break the seal of a can and possibly spoil the contents.

In the walk in cooler, food had been left uncovered. In the freezer, some meat had not been covered.

Also in the freezer, food was found on the floor, it belonged up on shelves.

Lenny's Sub Shop, 522 Gay Street - Grade: 69

The inspector found meatballs at 120 degrees instead of 140. They were thrown out.

An employee was sipping a drink in the kitchen, but the drink cup didn't have a lid or a straw.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Papa Murphy's, 4409 Chapman Highway - Grade: 98
  • NV Nightclub, 125 E. Jackson Avenue - Grade: 97
  • Carleos, 117 S. Central Street - Grade: 97
  • Domino's Pizza, 900 North Broadway - Grade: 97
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