Gnats, dirty drink machine found at Knox County’s lowest scoring restaurant

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – There are plenty of perfect health inspection scores this week as you make your weekend dinner plans, but there were also a couple restaurants that didn’t score as well.

Arby’s, 400 Cedar Bluff Road – Grade: 84

The Arby’s off Cedar Bluff in West Knoxville received a passing grade. Below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

The inspector noted gnats at the restaurant. Also, soda nozzles and the ice dispenser were dirty.

Employee drinks were in a cooler. They are required to be in a designated area and labeled.

Also, cleaning containers were stored improperly under a prep table. The inspector noted that employees were not cleaning and sanitizing tables.

Knox Mason, 131 South Gay Street – Grade: 85 New Grade: 99

Knox Mason in Downtown Knoxville received an 85. Again, that’s a passing grade, but a number of critical violations required a follow-up inspection.

Food temperatures were off. Burger patties were found stored at 51 degrees, but 41 degrees and below is the required cool temperature. The burgers were thrown out.

Also, clean utensils were found by the inspector stored in a dirty container. When asked about health rules, the inspector says the person in charge had little to no awareness of food safety rules.

The inspector returned and their new grade is a 99.

Web Extra: This week’s full inspection reports [PDF]

Oriental Express, Knoxville Center Mall – Old Grade: 80 New Grade: 95

At Oriental Express the inspector found mold build up on the ice machines and soda nozzles. The restaurant’s walk-in cooler was leaking and there were several issues with food temperatures.

Also, workers were observed handling  raw chicken and then not washing their hands with soap and water.

The inspector returned to the restaurant. They were reinspected and their new grade is a 95.

Previous story: Mold, dirty kitchens and bugs found in Knox County’s lowest scoring restaurants

Top scores of the week:

  • Carole’s Place, 9507 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Red Robin Restaurant, 11433 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • 1000 Degree Pizza, 1001 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • Mind Your Ps + Qs, 12744 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Longhorn Steakhouse, 11655 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • Sonic Drive-In, 5101 Broadway – Grade: 100
  • Wild Eggs Knoxville, 4451 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Cheddar’s, 8390 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Casual Pint, 2045 Thunderhead Road – Grade: 100
  • Harby’s Pizza & Deli, 3718 Walker Boulevard – Grade: 100
  • Studio X, 1931 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Claybourne’s Chicken and Waffles Food Truck – Grade: 100
  • Farmacy, 9430 S. Nortshore Drive – Grade: 100
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks, 7600 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Sorrentino’s, 9407 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Smoothie King, 8515 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Fruit and Berry Patch, 4407 McCloud Road – Grade: 100
  • Subway, 713 E. Emory Road – Grade: 100

Many of the restaurants with high scores are busy serving lots of people and those grades reflect close attention to details.

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