Food temperatures cause problems at 3 Knoxville restaurants

Food temperatures cause problems at 3 Knoxville restaurants

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are no failing scores this week, however health inspectors are paying closer attention to food temperatures, personal hygiene and sanitation. We see those critical violations at three restaurants.     

Hanna's Cafe, 1836 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 76

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

The inspector found the temperature of chicken and taco meat at 48 degrees in the small reach in cooler. The proper temperature to kill bacterial growth is 41 and below.

When she checked closer, the inspector found the temperature of that small cooler at 46 degrees. She ordered food inside it moved to the larger walk in cooler that was working properly.  

When the inspector checked, she found a rotten tomato about to be served to customers, and she writes a large can of nacho cheese was moldy. The bad tomato and moldy cheese were thrown out. 

Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way - Grade: 77

Food temperature was a problem here too. Honey mustard, ranch and blue cheese salad dressing at 50 degrees were too warm. They were ordered thrown out.

The inspector writes employees preparing food were wearing gloves, but they were touching their hats and aprons. They then handled food without changing their gloves and washing their hands. Health rules prohibit that practice. 

Pie Guys Pizza, Knoxville Center Mall - Grade: 78

There were some bad problems with food temperatures.

Here the inspector saw slices of pepperoni pizza under the heat lamp at 98 degrees, cheese pizza at 117 degrees and meatballs at 125. However, 140 and above is the required hot temperature.  

The inspector watched a kitchen employee wash his hands but then he immediately touched his pants without washing his hands again. Under health rules, if kitchen employees touch their clothes, they're required to wash their hands again.

Top scores of the week:

  • Denenie Weenies, Hot Dog Cart - Grade: 100
  • Pizza Palace, 3132 Magnolia Avenue - Grade: 98
  • Six Pockets Sports Grill, 7804 Asheville Highway - Grade: 98
  • North Corner Sandwich Shop, 2400 N. Central Street - Grade: 97
  • Rankin Restaurant, 2200 N. Central Street - Grade: 97
  • Buddy's Bar-B-Q, 8402 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Tackle Box, 7020 Asheville Highway - Grade: 97
  • Sarku, West Town Mall - Grade: 96
Inspectors return usually within two weeks to follow up on critical violations.     

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