North Knoxville chain restaurant nets week’s lowest score

Food For Thought

The lowest score in the latest round of health inspections was an 83 at O’Charley’s at 117 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville. Keep in mind that’s a passing score; anything below 70 is considered “unsanitary” by the health department.

In the kitchen at O’Charley’s the inspector found no hand soap at two of the sinks. Soap is required at each hand sink so employees can properly wash and dry their hands. 

When the dishwasher was checked, there was no sanitizer running through it. Of course, sanitizer is part of the process so dishes and utensils are properly cleaned. The problem was corrected on site by the manager.

When the inspector checked dishes that were stacked away, dirty dishes were found among clean ones. And when the food slicer was closely examined, it had not been properly cleaned — food debris was still stuck to it.

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Finally, a cell phone was found on a food preparation table. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, under health rules, it’s not supposed to be there. Once the violation was pointed out, it was quickly removed.

The restaurant has been reinspected and scored a 93.

Here are the top restaurants this week:

  • Green’s Tavern, 9307 Kingston Pike: 100
  • Cheddar’s, 5615 Clinton Highway: 100
  • Ol’ Smokey BBQ (mobile unit): 100
  • Tennessee Hot Dog and Sausage Company (mobile unit): 100
  • Wood Oven Eats (mobile unit): 100
  • The Entertainer Catering, 1209 Heiskell Avenue: 100
  • Habaneros Mexican Restaurant, 4704 Asheville Highway: 99
  • Chili’s, 6635 Clinton Highway: 98
  • Pizza Hut, 7401 Chapman Highway: 98
  • Lunch House, 3816 Holston Drive: 97
  • Taco Bell, 5322 Millertown Pike: 96
  • In/Out Pizza, 750 Brakebill Road: 95

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