Food safety violations and storage problems in a walk-in cooler led to a failing health score for a Chinese restaurant in Buckhead.
A Fulton County inspector gave Phoenix & Dragon, 164 W. Wieuca Road, Atlanta, a score of 58/U on a recent routine inspection, and said employees were unable to demonstrate knowledge of food safety.
Employees were not wearing hair restraints while cooking or preparing food. They were eating in the food prep area. They were wiping their hands on their aprons instead of washing them. The kitchen hand-sink didn’t work. The cook prepared a sandwich with bare hands.
In addition, cooked rice and chicken were cooling on top of a newspaper. Gravy and raw fish were left on a counter without temperature controls.
There were numerous storage violations in the walk-in cooler. The inspector observed a box containing both raw chicken and fried chicken. Some food items were being stored in open aluminum cans. Containers of carrots, broccoli and fried chicken were uncovered in the cooler.
The restaurant also needed cleaning. Grease was dripping from all hood vents on both grills, and there was grease on the floor and behind all of the equipment.
Phoenix & Dragon will have a follow-up inspection before the end of the year, according to the restaurant’s manager. Previous scores were 82/B and 65/U.
A recently featured restaurant — Maritza & Frank’s Restaurant, 637 N. Central Ave., Hapeville — improved to a 70/C during a recent follow-up inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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