Roaches and dirty cutting boards cost local restaurants
We have some good news to report in this week’s Restaurant Report Card: no restaurants failed.
But we did find a couple of low scores in Hamilton County.
Merv’s at 713 Mountain Creek Road scored a 76. The inspector saw a cook handle the phone and touch their hair and face with gloves, then continue preparing food. The inside of the walk-in cooler was dirty, a wooden cutting board had cracks in it, which could house bacteria, and a dusty fan was blowing on the food and prep area. The restaurant improved its score to a 96 on a second inspection.
Porker’s BBQ at 1251 Market Street didn’t fare much better with a score of 77. The inspector found an excessively dirty cutting board, a vent covered with excessive dust, and mildew in the ice machine and on the floor. The inspector also noted the employees did not demonstrate food safety knowledge.
Great American Cookie Company at 313 Northgate Mall scored an 81 for a list of violations that included multiple dead roaches in the bathroom, a dirty hand sink, and a scarred cutting board. The restaurant improved its score to a 93.
We also have an update from a restaurant failure a couple of weeks ago. The Fairyland Club on Lookout Mountain improved its score from a 68 to a 99.
Many restaurants fared well and some even earned perfect scores of 100. Congratulations to:
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 1205 West Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 88
Arby’s, 2101 East Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 89
Fuji Japanese Steak, Seafood & Sushi House, 1321 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 1, Dalton: 91
Jersey Mike’s Subs, 1367 West Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 91
Chef Lin, 100 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 146, Dalton: 92
Las Margaritas Mexican Bar & Grill, 816 Walnut Square Boulevard, Suite 28B, Dalton: 93
Miller Brothers Rib Shack, 606 East Morris Street, Dalton: 94
Tony’s Italian Restaurant, 933 Market Street, Suite 14A, Dalton: 95
Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant, 881 Holiday Inn Drive, Dalton: 96
Los Pablos, 1513 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 6, Dalton: 96
Taco Bell, 1242 Glenwood Avenue, Dalton: 96
Tacos Beto #2, 1009 East Walnut Avenue, Dalton: 96
Farm Golf Club, 187 South Goose Hill Road, Rocky Face: 98
If you’re in Hamilton County and you have a complaint about a restaurant, pool, health care facility, daycare or gym, call the Hamilton County Health Department Hot Line at 423-209-8110. In north Georgia, call your local health department.