Athens restaurant food is too hot on initial inspection


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Food is supposed to be kept within a certain range of hot or cold temperatures depending on how it is served. However, during a recent health inspection at a restaurant in Athens, some cooked beef was actually too hot.

Mexi-Wing, 112 White St., Athens – grade: 75; follow-up note: 96

The initial rating is a 75 at Mexi-Wing on White Street. It’s a passing grade. A score of 70 or less is considered a failure.

In a rare case, the temperature of the beef on the steam line was way too high. The meat was 175 degrees, but 135-140 is safe hot temperature.

Other problems were found with the dishwasher. No disinfectant was running during the final cycle. Silverware, dishes and cups should be washed, cleaned and disinfected

Finally, the inspector said that the manager did not have a good knowledge of food safety rules. The health inspector reviewed the regulations.

In the August 4 follow-up inspection, Mexi-Wing corrected the original infractions and scored a 96.

Best scores of the week:

  • Taco de Juan, 10601 Fox Park Lane – 100
  • The Creek Downtown, 110 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, Jefferson City – 100
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1701 Cumberland Ave. – 99
  • Ham N Goody’s, 314 Northshore Drive – 99
  • Little Caesars, 195110 Alberta St., Oneida – 99
  • County Seat Cafe, 1751 N. Broad St., Tazewell – 98
  • Pizza Hut, 2142 Jacksboro Pike – 98
  • Gondolier, 2632 highway 411, Maryville – 97

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