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Restaurant Inspections, Uncle Julio’s Casa Grande

A host of non-food-type shortfalls led to a near-unsatisfactory food inspection score and a moderate follow-up grade for Uncle Julio’s Casa Grande.

The chain’s Atlanta eatery at 1860 Peachtree Road suffered a 20-point drop from a year ago, receiving a 72 (C) earlier this month (below 70 is an unsatisfactory score). Almost a week later, it managed to correct some items and climb to an 82 (B). A follow-up inspection is required for scores below 80; therefore, Uncle Julio’s would have to request a new inspection if it wants to try for a higher score in advance of its next routine exam.

During the routine exam on Sept. 1, the list of infractions ranged from failure to store wiping cloths in a sanitizing solution to not repairing or replacing a sensory that ensures the hand sink has hot water pressure. The inspector noted all of these as new violations, according to the report. Improper temperature-relation shortfalls were also cited.

Although Uncle Julio’s corrected some failures, it still has to work on storing chemicals, such as sanitizing solutions, away from all food items and replacing a faulty light bulb under the hood, the second report shows. Also during the follow-up exam, it was reminded to replace the sensory for the sink’s hot water.

The chain’s national director of operations, Wade Holden, detailed the company’s commitment to food safety.

“At Uncle Julio’s food safety is top priority to all of us. We continuously work with our teams to adhere to and stay current with all regulations and any changes in regulations.

“This discipline helps to ensure all of our guests receive safe, fresh and high quality, made-to-order dishes,” he said.

Here are scores around the metro region:


  • Tony-D’s Rib&Wing Shack, 976 Pointe South Parkway, Jonesboro. 96/A
  • Ruby Tuesday, 11473 Tara Blvd., Hampton (in Lovejoy proper). 86/B
  • Subway, 11465 Tara Blvd., Hampton (in Lovejoy proper). 95/A
  • Ranchero, 11175 Tara Blvd., Hampton (in Lovejoy proper). 83/ B


  • Montana’s Bar & Grill, 2995 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 91/A
  • Folia Brazilian Steakhouse, 1360 Powers Perry Road, Suite B-165, Marietta. 99/A
  • Chopsticks China Bistro, 3822 Roswell Road, Suite 113, Marietta. 98/A


  • Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 3455 Memorial Drive, Decatur. 100/A
  • Dudley’s Food & Spirits, 6691 Millwood Lane, Lithonia. 99/A


  • Chaba Thai, 9700 Medlock Bridge, Suite 102, Duluth. 94/ A
  • East Point Seafood & Salads, 1603 White Way, Atlanta. 83/B


  • Sarku Japan Sushi Bar, 3333 Buford Drive, Suite K-106, Buford. 88/B
  • Las Tortas Locas, 6101 S. Norcross Tucker Road, Suite A, Norcross. 100/A


  • Rico’s, 386-B East Atlanta Road, Stockbridge. 86/B
  • Huddle House, 4830 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove. 100/A

— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog

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