West Knoxville family-style buffet flunks health inspection

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A family style restaurant has one of the lowest health inspection scores of the year.

No one likes to be served moldy food, no one likes food that’s not hot enough, and if you to get a look at the kitchen at the lowest scoring restaurant this week, you’d be disappointed.

Farmer’s Family Restaurant, 8459 Kingston Pike – Grade: 53

The health department considers a score below 70 unsanitary.

Food temperatures were way off: fried chicken at 113 degrees, chicken barbecue at 115 degrees, and squash at 130 degrees. The proper warm temperature to prevent someone from getting sick is 140 and above.

On the other end of the temperature scale, cottage cheese was at 45 degrees and pasta salad at 56 degrees. The safe cool temperature is 41 degrees and below.

Farmer’s Family Restaurant was ordered to throw away a total of 23 pounds of food. That’s a lot of food because someone apparently wasn’t paying attention to food temperature.

When the inspector found moldy grapes, peppers and radishes about to be served to customers, they too were ordered thrown away.

The inspector writes that utensils and cooking equipment were dirty, and the cutting board, on which food is prepared, was also dirty

Finally, chicken that had been marinating was found on the floor. That’s definitely the wrong place. That’s why there are shelves.

Top scores of the week:

  • Cafe du Soleil, 416 Clinch Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Viet Grill, 10541 Blakewood Drive – Grade: 100
  • Main Event, 1820 Strathmore Road – Grade: 100
  • Brandywine Creek Restaurant, 107 Highway 25/70 – Grade: 98
  • Kirk’s Catering, 7734 Westland Drive – Grade: 98
  • Sarku, Knoxville Center Mall – Grade: 98
  • Bojangles’, 5916 Middlebrook Pike – Grade: 97
  • Pete’s Coffee Shop, 540 Union Avenue – Grade: 97
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