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Restaurant inspections, I Love Pho

The food permit of a Vietnamese noodle shop in Gwinnett County was suspended after a health inspector spotted several live roaches on a dirty meat slicer.

I Love Pho, 4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross, was given a 51/U, its second failing score in the past six months.

The meat slicer had heavy food debris on the blades and inside the unit, according to the routine inspection report. The ice machine was also dirty with a thick, mold-like substance inside.

The inspector had employees clean the slicer and ice machine, and told management to bring in a professional exterminator for pest control.

Also, three containers of beef soup were discarded because the soup had not been cooled properly. The soup was left to cool at room temperature, then the deep containers were placed in the freezer to speed up the process. After almost two hours the soup was still too hot.

It was the third time the restaurant had used an improper cooling process for potentially hazardous food, the inspector said.

In other violations, an employee was observed handing raw pork, then picking up ready-to-eat green onions for soup. There were storage problems in two coolers and the freezer. Raw shrimp was stored directly on top of dry noodles, raw beef was over French fries and pork was over jackfruit.

I Love Pho must submit a corrective action plan to health officials and pass a follow-up inspection before the food permit is reinstated. Calls to the restaurant were not being answered as of press time.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Los Portales, 4485 N. Town Square, Powder Springs. 84/B
  • Nibbles Grill, 4618 S. Main St, Acworth. 96/A
  • The Vineyard Café, 21 W. Park Square, Marietta. 95/A
  • Trina’s Soul Kitchen, 4426 Floyd Road, Mableton. 96/A
  • Village Taqueria, 4600 W. Village Place, Smyrna. 87/B

DeKalb County

  • Dongnea Bangnea, 3042 Oakcliff Road, Doraville. 86/B
  • Kalhmandu Kitchen & Grill, 926 Montreal Road, Clarkston. 78/C
  • Las Colinas, 6120 Covington Highway, Lithonia. 89/B
  • Mo Better Chicken, 3929 Flat Shoals Parkway, Deatur. 94/A
  • Rise-N-Dine, 1565 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 94/A

Fulton County

  • Big Daddy’s Dish, 5549 Old National Highway, College Park. 94/A
  • Pappadeaux, 10795 Davis Drive, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • Phish Phood Café, 11255 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 93/A
  • Spoon’s BBQ, 5040 Old National Highway, Atlanta. 95/A
  • The Diner at North Point, 2355 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 95/A

Gwinnett County

  • Buffalos Cafe, 991 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 72/C
  • Grekos Coffee Shop, 5050 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 94/A
  • Panda Express, 900 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville. 89/B
  • Southern Comfort Sports Grill, 3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 90/A
  • Sunshine Chinese Restaurant, 525 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 96/A

Rockdale County

  • Golden Corral, 1350 Highway 138, Conyers. 98/A
  • Main Moon Chinese Restaurant, 1573 Highway 20, Conyers. 98/A
  • Milo’s Jerk Hut, 2445 Salem Road, Conyers. 98/A
  • New Orient Express, 425 Sigman Road, Conyers. 84/B
  • The Sandwich Factory, 903 Commercial St., Conyers. 100/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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