Hardin Valley, Farragut restaurants earn low scores of the week

Food For Thought

The health infractions found at the two low scoring restaurants of the week will require follow-up inspections.

The lowest health inspection grade of the week is at Don Gallo on Hardin Valley road. They earned a 77, which is still above the failing mark of 70.

The inspector said he watched a waiter dip a glass into ice to fill it. Health rules mandate that wait staff is supposed to use a scoop to fill ice. And when the inspector asked employees about the five symptoms of illness, they couldn’t answer. They’re required to know the symptoms so they don’t come to work sick.

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A food temperature violation was also noted. Cheese dip wasn’t cooled properly within six hours to the proper cool temperature of 41 degrees and below. When the inspector checked the food chopper, he noted it hadn’t been taken apart properly for cleaning. 

Don Gallo has been re-inspected and the grade of 77 upgraded to a 97.

The next-lowest grade is an 83 at Gavino’s Pizzeria on Parkside Drive. That’s a passing score, but there were some critical violations. 

The inspector found no date marking on lasagna in the refrigerator. Food must be date marked after it’s opened, then once in the refrigerator, it must be used within seven days. The inspector also watched the cook drinking from an open cup.

Gavino’s has been reinspected. The new score is a respectable 98.

Here are the top scores of the week:

  • Litton’s Market and Restaurant, Fountain City, 100
  • Turkey Creek Cafe, Parkside Drive, 100
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Parkside Drive, 100
  • It’s All So Yummy Cafe, Peters Road, 100
  • Bojangles’ Famous Chicken, 9101 Kingston Pike, 99
  • Famous Dave’s, Advantage Place, 99
  • Taco Bell, Strawberry Plains Pike, 98
  • Outback Steakhouse, Peters Road, 98
  • Bull Feathers Cafe West, Farragut, 98
  • Philippine Egg Roll Express, Western Avenue, 98
  • Asia Chao, West Town Mall, 97
  • Sergeant Pepperoni’s Pizzeria, Seven Oaks Drive, 97

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