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Restaurant inspections, Sombreros Mexican Cantina

After receiving a nearly perfect score about a year ago, Sombreros Mexican Cantina in Atlanta was told to fine-tune its food safety practices because of a recent unsatisfactory score, according to a Jan. 3 inspection report. And it did.

It received a 99 (A) on a follow-up exam Wednesday — two weeks after it scored a 56 (U). Its grade last April was a 93(A).

Joanna Yim, manager of the restaurant at 411 North Central Ave., said preventative measures, such as retraining and posting of signs that remind workers of procedures, was implemented after an inspector noted the person in charge during the inspection lacked awareness in key areas regarding risk factors and proper retail practices.

“Person in charge, managers or CFSM [certified food safety manager] must be properly trained or retrained,” wrote the inspector.

The violations that Sombreros faced were related to temperature controls, date-marking and cleanliness, the report showed. More specifically, the inspector noted soil buildup inside an ice bin, slime/debris accumulation on a soda gun and holster, and no consistent date-marking procedure for food held more than 24 hours.

Other citations included improper strength for the sanitizing solution used for wiping cloths and “clean dishes stored on a dirty surface in the kitchen and at the bar,” the report showed.

To maintain high-level standards, Yim said the necessary employees were signed up for more food safety classes.

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

Cherokee County

  • Muilan Restaurant, 130 Prominence Point Parkway, Suite 140, Canton. 86/B
  • McDonald’s, 12156 Ga. 92, Suite 102, Woodstock. 87/B
  • Philly Connection, 1426 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 104, Woodstock. 82/B

Cobb County

  • House of Chan, 2469 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 94/A
  • La Paz, 2950 New Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 90/A
  • Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 3450 Cobb Parkway, Suite 210, Acworth. 87/B
  • Otter’s Chicken, 3625 Dallas Highway, Suite 690, Marietta. 96/A
  • Yakitori Jinbei Restaurant, 2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 86/B

DeKalb County

  • Matthew’s Cafeteria, 2299 Main St., Tucker. 88/B
  • Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads, 4511 Olde Perimeter Way, Suite 800, Atlanta. 98/A
  • Subway, 2801 Candler Road, Suite 122, Decatur. 85/B

Forsyth County

  • Yuan Li Chinese, 5110 Browns Bridge Road, Cumming. 95/A
  • Lucci’s Little Italy, 1240 Buford Highway, Suite 140, Cumming. 100/A
  • International House of Pancakes, 920 Market Place Blvd., Cumming. 98/A

Gwinnett County

  • Seoul Restaurant, 3585 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 98/A
  • Son Kalguksi, 2570 Pleasant Hill, Duluth. 97/A
  • McDonald’s, 5025 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. 92/A
  • Mellow Mushroom, 6135 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 404, Norcross. 94/A
  • Bojangles, 4092 Atlanta Highway, Loganville. 95/A

Henry County

  • Waffle House, 1064 Bear Creek Parkway Hampton.73/C
  • Hardee’s, 182 Keys Ferry St. McDonough. 98/A
  • La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, 1025 Eagles Landing Parkway, Stockbridge. 71/C

— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog

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