Best and worst restaurant inspection reports for the week ending May 17, 2022

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department inspects restaurants twice a year and grades the businesses on a 100-point scale. Scores below 70 require corrective action. Restaurants are reinspected if they fail to meet critical standards.

To file a health-related complaint, call the Department of Environmental Health at 423-209-8110. The scores are original and do not reflect on-the-spot changes, which sometimes lead to upward adjustments.


70 Sonic Drive-In

3907 Brainerd Road

Reasons including open drinks on prep table. Milk shake mixing parts left in hand sink. Open hot dogs and shredded lettuce with no date marking.Sanitizer at triple sink over 400ppm is toxic this strong. Touch pads used for orders soiled. Bags of onions stored directly on floor in cooler. Floors wet, soiled throughout kitchen. Multiple towels left laying on prep tables badly soiled; water in buckets soiled food floating in water. No ice scoop at ice bin, scoop by ice machine laying on soiled prep table. Multiple surfaces throughout kitchen soiled, heavy buildup, door handles to cooler/freezer, cook opening doors with gloved hand then touching ready to eat food with same glove. 


74 Hunan Wok I

2201 E. 23rd Street

Reasons including employees consuming beverages from unapproved containers in prep area. Employees not properly washing hands as needed. Handsink blocked by food items at time of inspection and no paper towels provided. Toxic items stored above and too close to food items in dry storage area. Items were moved at time of inspection. Wet wiping cloths stored on working surfaces and not in sanitizer solution. Clean dishes stored on dirty surfaces. Trash/debris noted in parking lot. Floors dirty behind/underneath equipment. 


83 The Cheesecake Factory

2084 Hamilton Place Blvd.

Reasons including sanitizer buckets and sanitizer coming out of the three compartment sink are measuring 0ppm sanitizer. Note: sanitizer was properly set up at end of inspection. Several items in kitchen are holding foods above 41F. The hot dogs on the prep line were “double panned” which may have contributed to temperature issue. They were discarded. Sanitizer dispenser at three compartment sink is labeled as water. The dispenser is hooked up to the lactic acid “sink and surface” sanitizer. This was corrected during inspection and the sanitizer was properly labeled. Several items in walk in cooler are observed uncovered (pizza sauce, chicken). Wet dishes stacked and food debris observed on bowls that were stacked in clean area. 


86 Mammie Carlotta’s Tea Room

6725 Ringgold Road

Reasons including potato soup re-heated and hot held at 108*F. Soup is made in house, so soup must be re-heated to 165*F/15 seconds then hot held at 135*F or above. Proper cooling methods not provided forquiche at room temperature. Clean dishes stored on dirty linens. Excessive ice/frost build up noted in upright freezer unit. Ice machine dirty inside at deflector panel. Oven dirty inside. Distressed items noted in dishwashing area.


92 Mellow Mushroom

2318 Lifestyle Way


95 Greg’s Sandwich Works

6337 East Brainerd Road


95 Local Goat

6108 Artesian Circle 


95 Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant

5450 Highway 153


95 Hardee’s

5525 Hixson Pike


95 Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches

973 Market Street


96 Sugar’s Ribs

2450 15th Avenue


97 McDonald’s

4829 Brainerd Road


97 Hong Kong Chinese

8652 East Brainerd Road


97 Sonic Drive-In

7420 East Brainerd Road


97 Dos Bros

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.


98 Rembrandt’s Pastry Kitchen

204 High Street


98 Sarku Japan

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.


98 Mr. Burrito

2601 Dayton Blvd.


98 Sbarro

2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.


99 Wild Burger

301 Holtzclaw Avenue 


99 Cook Out

5390 Highway 153


99 Burger King

3401 Amnicola Highway


99 Cafe on the Corner

826 Scenic Highway


99 Rafael’s

9607 Dayton Pike


100 First Watch

300 Cherokee Blvd.


100 Taco Bell

7304 Shallowford Road


100 Bill’s Snowcones

199 River Street


100 Pizza Bros

501 Cherokee Blvd.


100 Sleepyhead Coffee

1800 Rossville Avenue


100 Off the Farm Bar-B-Que

106 Karen Drive


100 The Sweet Shave Ice Company

8352 Dayton Pike


100 Taco Bell

5439 Highway 153


100 Crab Trap Seafood

4803 Brainerd Road


— Compiled by Brandi Dixon