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Restaurant Inspections, El Porton

After a history of perfect 100s on its food safety inspection exams, El Porton in Roswell received an unsatisfactory score – during a time of stricter standards that restaurants have faced.

The restaurant at 910 Marietta Highway, Suite 90, which is known for its Mexican cuisine, caused questions for one patron after it scored a 42 (U) recently.

“I recently saw that El Porton … received a 42 at its last inspection. For the last several years our family has started our Thanksgiving holiday with a dinner there on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I’m wondering if I need to make other arrangements. Please let me know if they have been rescored,” wrote Theresa Wooldridge of Sandy Springs.

Yes. El Porton had undergone a follow-up inspection about a week later that resulted in a 98 (A).

Its routine poor score, however, was a result of new violations, involving substandard cleaning and basic food safety procedures, such as hand washing, glove changing and equipment cleaning.

Victor Ochoa, one of the managers, said newly hired employees were not following guidelines. They have since been retrained on nightly duties, and managers are conducting checkpoints, he said, noting that procedural signs are posted.

For one violation though, Ochoa explained that the distributor replaced an ice machine after the inspector noted a growth of mold. Upon closer inspection, he said, the substance was found not to be mold. He also said the substance was in the light area, not in the ice compartment of the machine.

The restaurant fell shy of its normal 100 mark because of a short list of violations, such as cups at the drink station with debris, an absence of sanitizer test strips at the sink and an employee not changing gloves after getting food out of the walk-in cooler.

The manager said the test strips was on order at the time of the inspection and have since been received. He also said other violations have been corrected.

Wooldridge now has the updated score for El Porton, where she and her family normally dine the evening before Thanksgiving Day.

Here are other recent inspection scores from restaurants across the area.

Cobb County

  • Thai of Austell, 3999 Austell Road, Suite 904, Austell. 100/A

Fulton County

  • Biltmore Cafe & Grill, 817 West Peachtree St., Atlanta. 80/B

Gwinnett County

  • Dominican Restaurant, 510 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite D, Lilburn 88/B

— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog

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