Local Mexican restaurant scores a 57; inspector suggests food safety training for staff
This week’s Restaurant Report Card brings some bad news for a couple of local restaurants.
We’ll start first in Hamilton County, where Sitar Indian Restaurant at 200 Market Street failed with a score of 67. The inspectors found employees using bare hands to handle ready-to-serve food, cutting boards in poor repair, improper thawing of chicken, debris and mildew on the walls around walk-in coolers, a leak above the ice machine and trash and debris sitting in an alley next to the restaurant. Sitar improved its score to a 91 on a second inspection.
In Fort Oglethorpe, El Matador Mexican Restaurant at 2233 Lafayette Road has some cleaning up and some training to do with a score of 57. Inspectors watched an employee handle dirty dishes and then immediately remove clean and sanitized dishes from the dishwasher without washing his hands first. She also found several food separation issues, including raw hamburger beef thawing and dripping onto a container of tea in the walk-in cooler, a pan of cooked steak touching a pan of raw beef and raw eggs stored above and next to ready-to-eat foods and produce.
Several spices and beans were kept uncovered in dry storage and some washed and chopped produce was stored without lids in the walk-in cooler. Several chilled foods were stored too warm or kept outside of refrigeration at room temperature for too long.
The inspector suggested all the restaurant staff and management undergo food safety training.
The news is not all bad. Many restaurants posted high scores and several earned perfect scores of 100. Congratulations to:
Los 3 Amigos II, 12553 North Main Street, Trenton: 94
Little Caesar’s Pizza, 4651 Highway 136, Trenton: 97
McDonald’s, 5316 Georgia Highway 136, Trenton: 98
Larry’s Restaurant, 4514 Highway 136, Trenton: 99
No additional scores to report
Pigeon Mountain Country Store, Highway 193 Davis Crossroads, Chickamauga: 90
Roper – Five Star Food Service, 1507 Broomtown Road, LaFayette: 93
Simply Sandwiches, 300 West Patton Street, LaFayette: 96
Arby’s, 1103 North Main Street, LaFayette: 97
Phibbs Bar, 96 Fieldstone Village Drive, Rock Spring: 99
Bojangles, 1253 Glenwood Avenue, Dalton: 97
If you’re in Hamilton County and you have a complaint about a pool, restaurant, 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.