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Restaurant inspections, Vallarta Mexican Grill

A Gwinnett County health inspector found live and dead roaches in a Norcross restaurant during a recent routine inspection. Also, there was no hot water in the restrooms.

Vallarta Mexican Grill, 5510 Spalding Drive, was given a failing score of 59, told to hire a pest control service and fix the water problem.

Live roaches were crawling on the wall by the dishwasher and back door, and dead roaches were at the hand sink in the kitchen, the inspector noted.

The restaurant was also flagged for having its own insecticide and storing it on the same shelf as bottled drinks. The can of Hot Shot was removed.

There was no hot water in the restroom sinks, and the hand sinks for employees had no soap or paper towels, according to the report.

Vallarta employee Jorge Mtons said the restaurant has since installed a new hot water line for the kitchen and restrooms.

Among other code violations, multiple containers of food were uncovered in the walk-in cooler. Raw beef and raw seafood were placed in the cooler above washed and cut onions and some prepared salsa.

Bowls of rice and chicken were thrown away because it was unclear how long they had been sitting out. Some salsa, beef and tamales had been refrigerated without discard dates.

Mtons said the restaurant is ready for a follow-up inspection expected this week. “There were problems in the kitchen, but now they’re repaired,” he said.

In other recently reviewed restaurants, Nanoom Togo, 3312 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth, scored a 72/C on a follow-up inspection.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill, 745 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. 100/A
  • Sarah Jean’s Ice Cream, 109 N. Park Square, Marietta. 94/A
  • Smashburger, 440 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. 100/A
  • Twisted Taco, 4624 Camp Highland Road, Smyrna. 86/B
  • U.S. Café Express, 2350 Spring Road, Smyrna. 93/A

DeKalb County

  • Seven Hens, 2140 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 93/A
  • Taco Mac, 1211 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta. 90/A
  • The Elder Tree, 469 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 87/B
  • Wings House, 6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville. 85/B
  • Yanmi Yanmi, 5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 80/B

Fulton County

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 3690 Cascade Road, Atlanta. 95/A
  • J. Christopher’s, 10930 Crabapple Road, Roswell. 100/A
  • Napoli Pizzeria, 276 Hammond Drive, Atlanta. 90/A
  • Rumi’s Kitchen, 6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 92/A
  • Tuk Tuk, 1745 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 90/A

Gwinnett County

  • Carmen’s Café, 4195 S. Lee St., Buford. 92/A
  • Ibangkok Restaurant, 2700 Buford Highway, Duluth. 96/A
  • Outback Steakhouse, 145 Celebration Drive, Suwanee. 89/B
  • Riverside Pizza, 991 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 90/A
  • Taqueria Y Pupuseria, 6359 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 84/B

Paulding County

  • Audry’s Neighborhood Café, 105 Village Walk, Dallas. 96/A
  • Fiesta Azteca, 4813 Ridge Road, Douglasville. 97/A
  • Johnny’s Pizza, 49 Hosiery Mill Road, Dallas. 96/A
  • La Bamba Mexican, 7951 Villa Rica Highway, Dallas. 90/A
  • Panda Express, 4795 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram. 99/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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