Behind the Kitchen Door
January 5, 2011

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Four restaurants failed their inspections this week, according to the Knox Co. Health Dept., in our look Behind the Kitchen Door.

Asia Kitchen, 8515 Kingston Pike, scored a 60 after inspectors found a handsink with no running water, dented cans of water chestnuts, the triple sink leaking, lids stored in the handsink, and a bowl used to scoop rice.

El Mexcal, 11110 Kingston Pike, was given a 62 after inspectors spotted fruit flies buzzing around the place; shrimp, steak, and chicken all stored at unsafe temperatures; toxic chemicals; and spoons in the hand sink.

Right next door, Sam and Andy's West, 11110 Kingston Pike, was given a 64 after inspectors found fruit flies buzzing around there as well; chicken, turkey, and salami all stored at unsafe temperatures; and employees not washing their hands.

Finally, Mesiko Cantina, 120 West End Ave. got a 65 with inspectors finding employees using a handsink to wash and peel shrimp, two cans of dented food, toxic chemicals, and unlabeled spices.

On the other side of the coin, sixteen restaurants scored over 90:

Cracker Barrel, 2920 Mall Road, 90
Mulligan's, 8923 Linksvue Drive, 91
Daisy Cake, 1631 Westop, 91
Chalet Cafe, 100 Lebanon, 91
Knoxville Pearl, 108 E. Jackson Ave., 93
Puleo's Grill, 7225 Region Lane, 94
Alma's Cakes, 3204 Ashland Drive, 94
Twisters Shakes and Sundaes, 7237 Tazewell Pike, 95
Kitts Cafe, 47620 Greenway Drive, 95
Fruallati Cafe, 129 West End Drive, 95
Niro's Gyros, 17th Street, 96
Cruze Dairy-Mobile Unit, 3200 Frazier Lane, 96
Roberto's Italian Ice, 1235 Philip Fulmer Way, 96
Pepper's Grill and Pizzeria, 7507 Tazewell Pike, 97
The Curbside Cafe, 4032 Porter Avenue, 98
B and G All Occasion Catering, 7231 Tazewell Pike, 100


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