Knoxville Buffet Receives Lowest Inspection Score of 2022


Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – A West Knoxville buffet received a failing score on its last inspection. More than half a dozen critical violations were found, including temperature and food storage issues.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 9645 Kingston Pike — score: 58

The rating is 58 at Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet on Kingston Pike. This is the lowest score recorded by Food for Thought this year. Any score below 70 is considered a failure.

Food temperatures on the cooking line were outside the required range. Chicken and crab measured at 50 degrees. It’s too hot. A temperature of 41 and below is the safe and cool temperature to slow the growth of bacteria.

In the refrigerator, two containers of cooked chicken were found without a date mark. The date of first use is required on all ready-to-eat foods. The date is necessary to maintain quality. Ready-to-eat foods should be served within seven days or discarded.

The inspector also discovered that the cook was sipping a drink from an open cup. Employee beverages should be covered to prevent spillage.

Finally, the report notes that the manager did not demonstrate his knowledge of health rules.

A follow-up inspection is scheduled soon.

High scores of the week:

  • Stockyard BBQ, 1419 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette — 100
  • Sugar Puddin’s, 1920 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette – 100
  • The Tomato Head, 7240 Kingston Pike — 100
  • Taco Bell, 8516 Walbrook Drive — 100
  • Taco Bell, 401 Lovell Road — 100
  • Taco Bell, 1114 Knoxville Highway, Wartburg — 100
  • Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center Way — 100
  • The new Magnolia Café, 2405 Magnolia Avenue — 100
  • Long John Silver’s, 4412 Western Avenue — 100
  • Creekside Bistro, 5000 Clayton Road, Maryville — 100


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