December 28, 2013

Restaurant report card — Whitfield County


— Whitfield County Environmental Health conducts inspections of restaurants. The inspectors may require a re-inspection. Restaurants are required by law to post their most recent inspection permit.

The Daily Citizen lists areas where the establishments are out of compliance with the regulations. Recent restaurant scores for all six counties within the North Georgia Health District are available at www.nghd.org.



Dalton High School, 1500 Manly St.

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 98

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.



Dalton Middle School, 1250 Cross Plains Trail

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 98

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.



Morris Innovative High School, 104 Fort Hill Terrace

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 98

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.



Westwood School, 708 Trammel St.

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 98

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.



Whitfield County Career Academy, 2300 Maddox Chapel Road

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 100

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.



Blue Ridge Elementary, 100 Bogle St.

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Plug is missing on one of the Dumpsters. Order a plug.



City Park Intermediate School, 405 School St.

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Fan in washing room and another in kitchen need to have the dust buildup removed.



Eastside Elementary School, 102 Hill Road

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Shelves holding clean containers have dust as well as the ceiling vents.



Learning Tree Elementary School, 300 S. Tibbs Road

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Utensils (single-service) must be stored in handles all in the same direction and pointing towards the children. Also, place utensils in a container face down with handles up to avoid contamination.



Northwest Whitfield High School, 1651 Tunnel Hill-Varnell Road

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 100

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed utensils stored in containers on top of warming oven with no lids. All utensils must be stored covered to prevent contamination.



North Whitfield Middle School, 3264 Cleveland Highway

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 98

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed Dumpster sitting on grass/gravel. All Dumpsters or other garbage receptacles outdoors must be placed on a non-absorbent surface. Work order submitted to install floor drain in low spot in kitchen floor.



Park Creek School, 1500 Hale Bowen Drive

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 100

Previous grade: A

Comments: Fan by three-compartment sink must be cleaned to remove all dust buildup. Clean frequently to avoid buildup that can contaminate the clean dishes nearby.



Valley Point Middle School, 3796 S. Dixie Highway

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 97

Previous grade: A

Comments: Ceiling vents and fan by dish rack in ware washing room have dust buildup that needs to be removed.



Westside Elementary School, 1815 Utility Road

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 96

Previous grade: A

Comments: Metal containers under prep table have some food debris that must be cleaned. Properly cover/store food containers to avoid food debris and other contamination.



Westside Middle School, 580 LaFayette Road

Current score: 99

Current grade: A

Previous score: 97

Previous grade: A

Comments: Clean utensils must be stored with handles all in same direction to avoid contamination of the food/lip contact surface when reaching in to grab utensils.



Coahulla Creek High School, 3361 Crow Road

Current score: 98

Current grade: A

Previous score: 97

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed damaged gaskets on hot hold pass-thru. All equipment must be maintained in good repair. Observed Dumpster with no drain plug. All exterior garbage Dumpsters are required to have a drain plug to prevent pests.  



Tunnel Hill Elementary School, 203 E. School St.

Current score: 96

Current grade: A

Previous score: 96

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed scrubbing pad in hand sink at dishwashing area. Hand sinks are for hand washing only.



Valley Point Elementary School, 3798 S. Dixie Highway

Current score: 96

Current grade: A

Previous score: 97

Previous grade: A

Comments: Ice machine parts (internal) and ice scoop holder both had black spots due to moisture. Machine will be emptied and clean out during Christmas break, but was cleaned with sanitizer cloth for the moment. Do not wait until end of semester to clean machine. In between, clean it with a sanitized cloth to avoid buildup. Can opener and meat slicer found in dry storage also contained buildup and were sent to be washed, rinsed and sanitized. Keep all food contact surfaces free of buildup.



Chili’s Grill and Bar Restaurant, 881 Holiday Inn Drive

Current score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous score: 89

Previous grade: B

Comments: A box of food was observed on freezer floor. Do not store food containers on floor. Must be at least 6 inches off the floor. A closed plastic container of chips was observed on cart in the kitchen in a high traffic area. This was sitting across from hand washing sink and prep area. Floors were wet. Keep the food away from high traffic areas, especially if the floors are wet or raw meats are being handled nearby. This will decrease chances of lid being kicked off by accident and contaminating by splash from floor or raw meat. Cart was greater than 6 inches so food was simply moved. Corrected on site. Single-service items in storage room were not inverted. Invert to protect from pests, dust and contamination. Corrected on site. A light shield is missing on lights between ice machine and ware washing equipment. Always shield lights to avoid glass in food if bulb were to break.



Eastbrook Middle School, 1382 Eastbrook Road S.E.

Current score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed dented cans stored with cans to be used. All dented or damaged cans must be separated/segregated to be returned to the distributor. Observed visible soiling on cooler and pass-thru handles and gaskets. All non-food contact surfaces must be cleaned as needed to prevent visible soiling and maintain good repair.



New York Style Pizza, 101 W. Walnut Ave. Suite 19

Current score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous score: 90

Previous grade: A

Comments: Hand soap was not available at one of the hand sinks in kitchen. Hand soap must be provided at all hand sinks. Gaskets need to be cleaned to remove spots that appear moldy.



Broken Spoke, 300 S. Hamilton St.

Current score: 93

Current grade: A

Previous score: N/A

Previous grade: N/A

Comments: Observed visible soiling inside microwave and on blade of can opener. All food contact and non-food contact surfaces must be cleaned as needed to prevent visible soiling. Sour cream in reach-in cooler expired. Expired foods must be discarded after expiration date. No food being prepared during inspection.



El Pollo Alegre, 323 S Grimes St.

Current score: 83

Current grade: B

Previous score: 90

Previous grade: A

Comments: No paper towels were available at either two hand sinks (kitchen and grill). Paper towels must be available at all times for proper hand drying. Do not dry hands and aprons or clothes. Corrected on site. Cheese found out of temperature in home-style fridge and discarded. A covered container of beans made last night was found out of temperature in home-style fridge due improper cooling. Discarded. Also, two containers of beans were found cooling on storage rack. They had just been made and were still at 138 degrees but when asked regarding cooling procedures, they were unable to answer correctly. Multiple boxes of chicken (grilled) were observed without time control. Chicken is packed in to-go boxes and stored out on counter in kitchen. The time was not recorded on the chicken at grill outside. Heat was no longer being applied to that chicken. Time must be recorded for all chicken in boxes that is cooked and removed from heat or cold. It is not an option to skip recording time even if you are sure the food will go fast. Next time all chicken in boxes or on grill will be discarded if time not recorded and if it is less than 135 degrees. Dumpster lid was open and even when closed, a gap formed because it could not be fully closed due to the large amount of trash. Have trash removed more often or remove some properly on your own when necessary. Doors must fully close to avoid rodents and animals from entering and leaving. Hood must be serviced. Tag says it was serviced in 2011 and owner said it was done again this year. Will return at the end of the week to check service tag.