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Restaurant inspections, Taqueria Real

A Buford Highway taqueria failed a recent health inspection due to poor hygiene practices of the food prep staff.

A DeKalb County inspector said that management at Taqueria Real, 3317 Buford Highway, Atlanta, had failed to properly train employees on assigned duties.

Some were not cleaning their hands immediately before prepping food. One employee was observed handling money then putting on gloves for food prep without first washing.

Another employee retrieved a cooked tortilla from a pan with bare hands. The inspector had to remind the staff at Taqueria Real that there should be no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods except when washing fruits and vegetables.

Employees were also washing their hands at the produce sink because the hand-washing sink wasn’t draining properly.

The restaurant scored a 49/U.

In other violations, food was subject to contamination in the reach-in cooler. Raw eggs were stored above tortillas, and raw chorizo was next to fresh salsa. Raw chicken, tortillas and cut banana were all uncovered in the cooler.

Both cold and hot foods were out of temperature. The prep cooler wasn’t maintaining the correct temperature so shredded cheese and salsa were moved to another cooler, and raw beef was placed on ice to lower the temperature.

Meatballs on a steam table were not maintained at the minimum temperature, and there were no time controls documenting how long the meat had been left out.

The inspector noted that Taqueria Real is seeking new ownership, and its telephone has already been disconnected. The facility will be re-inspected. The previous score was a 70/C

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Caribbean Breeze Eatery, 6231 Mableton Parkway, Mableton. 99/A
  • Don Pablo’s, 3131 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. 91/A
  • Green Lotus, 1025 East-West Connector, Austell. 87/B
  • Ruby Tuesday, 3197 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 87/B
  • Ted’s Montana Grill, 3625 Dallas Highway, Marietta. 98/A

DeKalb County

  • Antojitos Mexican, 6806 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Doraville. 80/B
  • Noodle, 205 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 86/B
  • P.F. Chang’s, 500 Ashwood Parkway, Atlanta. 88/B
  • Simply Thai, 4639 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. 80/B
  • Twisted Taco Perimeter, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 81/B

Fulton County

  • Brookwood Grill, 880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 73/C
  • Chili’s, 11720 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. 97/A
  • China Garden, 4720 Jonesboro Road, Union City. 92/A
  • Fanoos, 6125 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 93/A
  • The Varsity, 61 N. Ave., Atlanta. 98/A

Gwinnett County

  • Happy Garden Chinese, 5450 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. 85/B
  • Italy’s Pizza & Pasta, 2590 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford. 96/A
  • Kanpai Café, 3466 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. 98/A
  • Poona Indian Restaurant, 3665 Club Drive, Duluth. 99/A
  • Sri Krishna Vilas, 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 96/A

Henry County

  • Deep South Deli, 5948 E. Lake Parkway, McDonough. 71/C
  • Hamburger Mike’s, 402 Highway 144, McDonough. 90/A
  • Koji Japanese, 4338 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove. 96/A
  • Son of a Greek, 383 Keys Ferry St., McDonough. 80/B
  • Town’s End BBQ & Grill, 201 E. Atlanta Road, Stockbridge. 93/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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