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Restaurant inspections, El Autentico Sinaloense

Confusion over when to use bleach and when not to use it caused the health score to drop at a Doraville restaurant.

At El Autentico Sinaloense, 5303 Buford Highway, sanitizer was improperly used to disinfect cut vegetables, but wasn’t used on dirty dishes or counter-tops and tables, as required.

The DeKalb County health inspector took points off for all three violations, and gave the Mexican restaurant a 52/U on the routine inspection.

According to the inspection report, an employee sliced some lettuce, added water and poured a small amount of bleach over the vegetables. The mixture was discarded because only approved chemicals can be used to clean vegetables. Bleach can only be used as a sanitizer, the inspector noted.

However, it wasn’t being used when cleaning dirty dishes or wiping down surfaces. Dishes were improperly stored in the mop sink until they could be washed. When they were washed no sanitizer was used as a disinfectant.

Also, the sanitizer bucket for wet wiping cloths had no measurable amount of the chemical, the inspector said. The cloths were not even in the bucket, as required, but stored on counter tops.

An employee at El Autentico Sinaloense said they’ve always passed prior inspections, but a language barrier could be blamed for this score.

“They (employees) don’t speak English, and she (inspector) doesn’t tell them what’s wrong,” she said.

The restaurant will have a follow-up inspection in the next two weeks. Previous scores were B’s, an 87 and 86.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads, 3155 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. 100/A
  • Mi Tacos, 2332 Austell Road, Marietta. 72/C
  • Rick’s Hot Wings, 3103 Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. 87/B
  • Rocco’s Pub, 1477 Roswell Road, Marietta. 99/A
  • Shangrila Bistro, 3545 Canton Road, Marietta. 97/A

DeKalb County

  • Big Tex Decatur, 308 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 89/B
  • J & J Fish & Chicken, 2656 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. 90/A
  • Penang, 4897 Buford Highway, Chamblee. 82/B
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria, 5644 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. 89/B
  • Wings & Seafood, 1046 Holcombe Road, Decatur. 85/B

Forsyth County

  • Bukharaa Indian Restaurant, 3651 Peachtree Parkway, Suwanee. 96/A
  • Los Rios, 12 Tri County Plaza, Cumming. 98/A
  • Outback Steakhouse, 1715 Market Place Blvd., Cumming. 96/A
  • The City Bistro, 101 W. Courthouse Square, Cumming. 100/A
  • The Foster House, 305 W. Main St., Cumming. 93/A

Fulton County

  • 4th & Swift Restaurant, 621 N. Ave., Atlanta. 93/A
  • Café Sunflower, 5975 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 95/A
  • China Sky, 980 Birmingham Road, Milton. 92/A
  • The Cheesecake Factory, 2075 N. Point Circle, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • The Peking Restaurant, 3461 Roosevelt Highway, Red Oak. 95/A

Gwinnett County

  • American Tavern, 630 Athens Highway, Loganville. 80/B
  • Pho Delight, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 72/C
  • Poblanos Mexican Grill, 1319 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville. 85/B
  • Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi, 860 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville. 97/A
  • The Loaf, 1098 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville. 85/B

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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