Restaurant Inspections – February 2011

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

Big kudos are due to the Georgia Department of Community Health. They finally have an online application to search for restaurant inspections. Oh, you thought this information had been available for a long time? Not really. In March of last year I wrote about how difficult it was to obtain timely and detailed restaurant inspections. As a blogger I wished to write about restaurants earning poor scores. I now have that ability.

The restaurant inspection system in Georgia isn’t perfect. Is it possible for clean and well-managed restaurants to earn a poor score from time to time? Absolutely. Nevertheless, this is the only system restaurant patrons have to rely on.

Thus I introduce the first of an irregular series I plan to write on local restaurants who score poorly on recent inspections. It is only the joints that score a C or lower that concern me. I will note each of these along with the inspector’s raw (and unedited) notes. I promise to offer no other commentary on the restaurants themselves, letting only the facts speak. I will cover restaurants in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell. At this point in time, Forsyth County is not included in this application.

Photo Credit: Gwen Weber

Mandarin House

9775 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek
Grade: 56 – U on Dec 17, 2010 (note: they were reinspected on 1/19/2011 and received a score of 95 – A)

  • No person in charge of establishment.
  • Observed raw food being stored directly on top of salad, unprotected.
  • Said food volontarily discarded.
  • Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area.
  • Potentially hazardous food not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked.
  • Probe-type thermometer not used to ensure proper food temperatures.
  • Food not stored in a clean/dry location that is not exposed to splash/dust.
  • Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • No chocking sign posted during inspection.
  • Areas that previously required the posting of a smoking sign have not posted a smoking not permitted sign.
  • Observed equipment in poor repair.
  • No chemical test kit provided when using chemical sanitizer at three-compartment sink/warewashing machine.
  • Observed wall soiled with accumulated grease.
  • Clean the mold from all sinks and redo the seal/caulking properly.
  • Clean all sink, remove the standing water under the sink, and redo the seal.
  • Observed garbage on the ground and/or pad around dumpster.
  • Floors not maintained cleanable and durable.
  • Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found

Roswell Mill Club

85 Mill ST STE A-120, Roswell
Grade: 66 – U on Feb 8, 2011

  • Observed food with mold-like growth.
  • Observed expired food items such as milk, cheese and heavy cream
  • Damaged/spoiled/recalled food not properly segregated.
  • Observed dirty utensils, plates and cutting board
  • Prepared food not marked with date of preparation or date for disposal.
  • No conspicuously located thermometer in holding unit.
  • Observed plastic cups in the flour.
  • Observed wall soiled with accumulated dust.
  • Observed dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers.
  • Observed missing tiles in the kitchen.

Madras Chettinaad

4305 State Bridge RD, Alpharetta
Grade: 71 – C on Dec 10, 2010

  • Observed dented/rusted cans.
  • Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area.
  • Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked.
  • Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • No Heimlich maneuver sign posted.
  • Areas that previously required the posting of a smoking sign have not posted a smoking not permitted sign.
  • Observed single-service articles improperly stored.
  • Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable.
  • Observed accumulation of debris in warewashing machine and associated equipment.
  • Observed gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up.
  • Clean all walls with molds and redo the sinks seals.
  • Bathroom floors not in good condition.
  • Covered waste receptacle not provided in women’s bathroom.
  • Observed hole in wall.
  • Hood ventilation system inadequate as evidenced by grease accumulation on walls/ceiling.
  • Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found

Akina Sushi and Grill

5815 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta
Grade: 79 – C on Dec 15, 2010

  • Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked.
  • Probe-type thermometer not used to ensure proper food temperatures.
  • Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable.
  • Observed attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust.
  • Observed floor area(s) covered with standing water.
  • Floors not maintained cleanable and durable.
  • Hood ventilation system inadequate as evidenced by grease accumulation on walls/ceiling.
  • Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found

2 Responses to “Restaurant Inspections – February 2011”

  1. jimgilvin February 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Ewwww!

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