Studies show that one out of every six Americans get food poisoning from contaminated foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are certain types of foods that are more likely to get you sick that others. They state Spinach causes nearly half of the food related illnesses in the US. Chicken and Poultry can cause serious infections, and sprouts can breed bacteria because they are farmed in moist environments. Be careful and make sure to clean fresh fruits and vegetables before consumption.
The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits.
Farm to Griddle Crepes, 2922 Edonia Drive: 100
Cardin’s Drive In, 8529 Asheville Highway: 100
The Plaid Apron, 1210 Kenesaw Ave.: 100
Special Tee Cookies, 1001 Roderick Road: 100
Sugarbuzz Inc., 3629 Taliluna Ave.: 100
Union Jacks English Pub, 124 S. Northshore Drive: 100
Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike: 100
Knox Mason, 131 S. Gay St: 100
Rice King II, 7327 Tazewell Pike. Violations: Raw food was being stored over ready-to-eat foods which is a cross contamination hazard; single-use bowl was being used as scoop in rice bin: 95
Savelli’s Deli, 3055 Sutherland Ave. Violations: Raw, shelled eggs were being stored over breads which is a cross contamination hazard; employee drink and eye glasses were on cutting board next to food; food was being stored on floor of walk-in cooler; employee observed washing hands in dump sink. Should only use handbasin: 94
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Little Tokyo Cafe, 7552 Mountain Grove Drive. Violations: Raw eggs were not being stored properly; bulk sugar container had liquid dripping into it and was discarded; cut produce stored in walk-in cooler not covered which is a cross-contamination hazard; no sanitizer was found in cloth buckets; cutting boards were scored and discolored; buildup found on corn starch container and shelves of walk-in cooler: 94
Mandarin Palace, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive. Violations: Some foods in reach-in unit were left uncovered which is a cross contamination hazard; plastic liner of rice cooker is in poor repair; walk-in freezer has door that does not seal well; urinal leaks at men’s restroom: 94
Krystal, 4100 Chapman Highway. Violations: Evidence of rodent droppings found at drive-through area; open boxes found in walk-in freezer which is a cross contamination hazard; ice buildup found in walk-in freezer; dust buildup found on fan guard in walk-in cooler; cutting board at prep cooler was scored and discolored; cabinet at drive-through was dirty; debris found in bottom of reach in units; blender rod had not been cleaned after use: 94
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Bojangle’s, 505 Lovell Road. Violations: Grilled chicken was being held at temperatures conducive to dangerous bacteria growth; ice scoop holder found to be dirty; wet cloth found on counter: 93
Szechuan Garden, 4211 Chapman Highway. Violations: Proper procedures for cooling and reheating foods were not being followed; containers of food were stored on floor of walk-in cooler; several dirty linens were found on cookline either on floor or equipment; open drink container was found on back counter and above prep line cooler; handle of rice scoop was touching product which is a cross contamination hazard; floor tiles in walk-in cooler observed to be damaged; stall divider in men’s restroom found to be rusty and damaged: 92
Sitar Indian Cuisine, 6004 Kingston Pike. Violations: Heavy buildup inside ice maker; sugar and bread crumbs containers were not properly labeled; foods in reach-in freezer were not covered which is a cross contamination hazard; heavy buildup observed on floors and storage equipment to include shelving; damage found to prep tables and walls: 91
Burger Stop, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive. Violations: Ground beef patties, leaf lettuce, and other food items were being held at temperatures conducive to dangerous bacteria growth; observed buildup on some knobs, handles and door exteriors; three-compartment sink was cluttered with items: 90
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Kentucky Fried Chicken, 4200 Chapman Highway. Violations: Ice buildup found in walk-in freezer; two handsinks were absent paper towels; employee drink was in kitchen area; buildup found in fryer cabinets and storage racks; sanitizer solution in bucket was dirty. Instructed to change more often: 90
Backroads Market, 514 Walker St. Violations: Pimento cheese and almond milk being held at temperatures conducive to dangerous bacteria growth; mini-fridge was not holding accurate temperatures: 88
Northshore Brasserie, 9430 S. Northshore Drive. Violations: Mold buildup found in ice machine; employee observed touching ready-to-eat bread with bare hands; some foods were being held at temperatures conducive to dangerous bacteria growth; no sneeze guard or cover available at buffet items; multiple food items were missing labels; food items were being stored on floor of walk-in cooler; fans in walk-in cooler observed to be dirty with dust buildup; faucet on prep sink runs continuously unless water line is cut off: 86
Captain Jack’s Fish Chicken, 2701 E. Magnolia Ave. Violations: Lid on raw chicken was covered in blood which is a cross-contamination hazard; can opener and food slicer were found to be dirty; wiping cloths were not being stored in sanitizer; bottled soap was labeled as sanitizer; pans of dirty water were beside sink where fish was thawing; clean utensils were being stored in dirty container; ice scoop was being stored in dirty holding sleeve; employee’s open drink was stored in prep area; no paper towels or soap available at hand sinks: 78