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Restaurant inspections, quick-serve Asian restaurants

Three quick serve Asian restaurants in Clayton County saw their inspection scores drop into the 50s because supervisors did not demonstrate proper knowledge and awareness of health code policies.

This could put the facilities at risk of food-borne illness, according to Clayton Health Department inspectors.

Hong Diep Fast Food, a Vietnamese restaurant at 1626 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow, posted a failing score of 56 out of 100, and two Chinese take-out restaurants on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro also posted failing scores.

No. 1 Chinese Restaurant, 7887 Tara Blvd., saw its perfect score of 100 fall to a 54, and New China Wok,10393 Tara Blvd., had its score drop from 93 to 52.

Manager Mike Lin of No. 1 Chinese said he wasn’t present during the July 19 inspection and is working with his staff to find out what happened and make corrections.

New China Wok Manager Ting Ting Dong said her staff has worked hard to correct all the violations in anticipation of a follow-up inspection later this month.

“We improved everything they said was wrong,” Dong said.

Along with the management violations, all three restaurants were docked points for not having prepared foods labeled and dated. All three had food stored uncovered, and problems maintaining proper food temperatures and keeping raw meats separated from ready-to-eat foods.

At Hong Diep, points were taken off because hand sinks in the kitchen were not supplied and accessible. Also, food prep surfaces needed to be cleaned and sanitized. Hong Diep’s manager was not available for comment. The restaurant previously had a score of 95.

The facilities of Number 1 Chinese and New China Wok also needed cleaning. All three restaurants will be re-inspected.

A recently reviewed Chinese restaurant in Duluth brought its score back up to an A on a follow-up inspection. Grand Buffet, 1825 Liddell Lane, scored a 99.

Here are recent scores from other metro area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • Applebee’s, 6727 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro: 97/A.
  • Grecian Gyro, 4542 Old Dixie Road, Forest Park: 91/A.
  • J. Buffalo’s, 6284 N. Lee St., Morrow: 93/A.

Cobb County

  • Cabana Restaurant, 1975 S. Cobb Drive SE, Marietta: 92/A.
  • Rosaria’s Italian Restaurant, 3103 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw: 99/A.
  • Village Café, 2860 Atlanta Road, Smyrna: 92/A.

DeKalb County

  • Dim Sum Heaven, 5203 Buford Highway NE, Doraville: 81/B.
  • Smoken Grill, 7173 Covington Highway, Lithonia: 93/A.
  • The Big Tex Cantina, 308 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur: 84/B.

Fulton County

  • El Rocio Mexican Restaurant, 2873 Main St., East Point: 90/A.
  • Ippolito’s, 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell: 98/A.
  • Varasano’s Pizzeria, 2171 Peachtree Road, Atlanta: 80/B.

Gwinnett County

  • Baby Jane’s Home Cooking, 2054 E. Main St., Snellville: 92/A.
  • Chop Chop, 5945 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross: 90/A.
  • Gom Shabu Shabu, 3502 Satellite Blvd., Duluth: 87/B.

Rockdale County

  • Betty’s Home Cooking, 2210 Salem Road SE, Conyers: 100/A.
  • Island Jerk, 875 Flat Shoals Road, Conyers: 90/A.
  • Red Lobster, 1560 Dogwood Drive, Conyers: 96/A.

— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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