Health Inspection Scores – Lowest Restaurant Scores

Health inspection Scores


These are some of the lowest scores, as of Oct 9th, recorded in the last six months. If a restaurant scores below a 90, they have an opportunity to correct any issues and redo their inspection for a better score.


Newk's- Cool Springs89
Macaroni Grill- Franklin0
Shoney's- Murfreesboro Road78
Sal's Family Pizza- Franklin85
Judge Beans- Brentwood93
Holiday Inn Express Breakfast- Brentwood93
Cinco De Mayo- Brentwood79
Brick's Cafe- Brentwood85
Bruster's Ice Cream- Brentwood88
The Local Taco- Brentwood85
The Egg and I- Brentwood85

[gap height=”20″]Here are the scores, according to the health department’s latest available information.

Inspections are once every six months, once between January 1 and June 30 and once between July 1 and December 31 of each year. Quick note: A business needs to have a score of 90 to be considered “passing.” If inspectors give a place a score below 90, they will give the business a chance to pass in a re-inspection shortly afterward. To stay open- and serving food at all- the place must make at least a 90 in the follow up. So it might help to think of these scores as on a scale not out of 100 but out of 10, from 91-100. That is not exactly correct, because a 90 is still a 90, but a 90 is the lowest score a place can have that is considered in the industry to be passing.

Info: There are two types of violations- critical and non-critical. According to the Tennessee Department of Health web site:

“Critical Violations: Violations of the Food Regulations, which, if left uncorrected, are more likely than other violations to directly contribute to food contamination or illness. Examples of critical violations include poor temperature control of food, improper cooking, cooling, refrigeration, or reheating temperatures.

“Non-Critical Violations: Violations not directly related to the cause of food-borne illness, but if uncorrected, could impede the operation of the restaurant. The likelihood of food-borne illness in these cases is very low. Non-Critical violations, if left uncorrected, could lead to Critical violations. Examples of non-critical violations include a lack of facility cleanliness and maintenance.”

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