Knoxville restaurant records lowest health grade of 2018

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The lowest health grade of the year was recorded this week at a Knoxville restaurant.

Osaka Hibachi and Sushi on Sutherland Avenue scored a 65 in their recent health inspection. Anything below 70 is considered failing.

The inspector noted some food had no date marks. In addition, cooked chicken was being held at 116 degrees, which is way too cool. Cooked food must be held at at least 135 degrees. The inspector also found moldy onions in the fridge. The onions were thrown away.

Food was found stored on the floor, instead of on shelves where it belonged. The inspector also found dirty bowls and plates were put away as clean.

Read the full inspection report here

The inspector also wrote that the manager “lacked control.” The inspector aid the manager knew little about employee hygiene or sanitation, so the inspector did some on-the-spot instruction. 

The restaurant has been reinspected and awarded a new grade of 95.

The next lowest inspection grade is a 73 at Pero’s on the Hill on Northshore Drive. The inspector said he watched a kitchen worker touch ready-to-eat food without washing his hands first and changing his gloves.

Another employee was seen eating where customers’ food is picked up. And spaghetti was being held at 78 degrees and meat sauce at 117 degrees, well below the 135 degrees required. Date marks were also missing on some food.

The next lowest grade is at 76 at Kichi Sushi and Noodles at West Town Mall. Moldy zucchini was found in the cooler and thrown away. Debris was also found in the ice bin and the entire bin needed to be cleaned and sanitized.

Here are the top scoring restaurants of the week:

  • Subway, 7335 Tazewell Pike: 100
  • Mario’s Pizza, 10205 Kingston Pike: 100
  • Dragon Den, 10205 Kingston Pike: 99
  • Zhu Garden, 120 S. Peters Road: 99
  • Altruda’s, 125 N. Peters: 99
  • Merelli’s Italian Restaurant, 4884 Chambliss: 98
  • O’Charley’s, 8077 Kingston Pike: 98
  • The Tomato Head, 12 Market Square: 98
  • Pearl on Union, 513 Union Avenue: 98
  • McDonald’s, 327 Lovell Road: 98
  • IHOP, 313 Lovell Road: 98
  • Bravo, 106 Major Reynolds Place: 98

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