If you’re in the mood for comfort food from a delicatessen, chances are there’s an American Deli near you. The ubiquitous sandwich shops are everywhere, especially in the ‘burbs. Just make sure the one you frequent is clean.
In Gwinnett County, the American Deli at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville, was given a failing score of 66 out of 100 on a routine health inspection because employees were too careless in keeping their hands and kitchen supplies clean.
The inspector observed one employee with gloves on handling raw chicken then touching some bread with the same gloves. The bread was thrown away. Other points were taken off because employees were putting on their gloves without first washing their hands.
The restaurant also was flagged for not cleaning utensils and other equipment. A slicer was put away dirty. Serving utensils were stored unclean. A fly swatter had been placed on top of a stack of clean trays, according to the inspection report.
Among other code violations, celery and some fish were both being stored in undrained ice. Sliced celery, provided for customers to serve themselves, was not properly covered by a sneeze guard at the self-service counter.
Single service containers were being re-used to store prepared sauces. And the empty containers were being stored underneath the hand-sink. Shelves were lined with cardboard, and cardboard boxes were reused to store utensils.
East Metro Health Department will re-inspect American Deli by Aug. 4. Its previous scores were 82 and 97. The restaurant manager was unavailable for comment about the inspection report, said a deli employee.
Another recently reviewed restaurant, Jang Su Jang Restaurant, 3645 Satelllite Blvd., Duluth, recovered from a failing score in June to post a 94/A on a follow-up inspection.
Here are some other inspection scores from metro area restaurants.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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