3 West Knoxville restaurants net lowest health grades of the week

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A hotel breakfast room, a Farragut cafe and a popular West Knoxville deli were the three lowest scoring restaurants of the week. 

The breakfast room at the County Inn on Campbell Station Road earned a 75 in this week’s report. A score below 70 is considered “failing” by the health department. 

When the inspector check the dishwasher, it had no chlorine rinse running through it, so dishes and utensils weren’t being properly cleaned and sanitized. In addition, two employees couldn’t tell the inspector about illness symptoms, a requirement of the health department. The food preparation table at the restaurant was also falling apart.

Read more: See the full health inspections

The next lowest score is an 81 at Fruition cafe at 129 West End Avenue. A nozzle in the soda dispenser was dirty and the manager couldn’t answer questions about employee illness symptoms. And food was found stored next to the sink.

Finally, McAlister’s Deli on Morrell Road scored an 82. The temperature of chicken, turkey and ham was between 48 and 50 degrees, which is too warm. Food is to be kept at 41 and below to slow bacteria growth. The inspector also noticed gnats and fruit flies, so McAlister’s called its pest control company. And, dishes and utensils were not being sanitized.

Here are this week’s top scores:

  • Stefano’s Pizza, 11683 Parkside Drive: 100
  • Twin Peaks, 135 Northshore Drive: 100
  • Arby’s, 6909 Kingston Pike: 100
  • Taco Bell, 401 Lovell Road: 100
  • Lenny’s Sub Shop, 150 Lovell Road: 100
  • Jeffrey’s Signature Sandwiches, 10710 Kingston Pike: 100
  • The Press Room, 730 Broadway: 100
  • Starbucks: 2017 Cumberland Avenue: 100
  • Burger King, 6706 Clinton Highway: 100
  • Burger King, 9615 Kroger Park Drive: 100
  • Burger King, 711 Emory Road: 99 
  • Burger King, 7206 Region Lane: 99

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