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Restaurant inspections, Best Wings

Employees at Best Wings, 2522 Cruse Road, Lawrenceville, were lax about washing their hands and wearing gloves when preparing food, and that cost the restaurant a passing health score.

Best Wings scored a 39/U on the routine inspection. The Gwinnett County health inspector said the manager didn’t have control over food safety, and employees weren’t trained in proper hand washing.

For example, one employee came out of the bathroom and immediately started working with clean utensils without washing her hands, the inspector said. Two employees were bare-handed while cutting celery for customers. Another employee handled raw beef for Philly sandwiches, then touched some bread without first changing gloves.

Other employees also failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves, or between glove changes.

The contaminated foods were discarded, and the clean utensils were re-washed.

In other code violations, managers used improper thawing and reheating methods which can compromise food safety, the inspector said.

Ten bags of French fries were thawing on a counter and had gotten too warm. The manager returned them to the cooler.

Rice was thrown away because it had been reheating in a warmer for 2 ½ hours and was still not at an acceptable temperature.

The facility also needed a thorough cleaning, the inspector said.

Best Wings will be re-inspected. Previous scores were 82/B and 88/B. Management could not be reached for comment.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • China Chef, 3305 Acworth Oaks Drive, Acworth. 94/A
  • El Taco Azteca Bar & Grill, 1050 E. Piedmont Road, Marietta. 100/A
  • Marietta Pizza Company, 3901 Mary Elizabeth Trace, Marietta. 89/B
  • Maru Sushi, 4454 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 97/A
  • San Luis Restaurant, 951 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 95/A

DeKalb County

  • Abdullah The Butcher, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur. 80/B
  • Firkin and Gryphon, 4764 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 84/B
  • Mini Hot Pot, 4897 Buford Highway, Chamblee. 84/B
  • Sweet Melissa’s, 127 E. Court Square, Decatur. 82/B
  • The Viceroy, 4719 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 78/C

Forsyth County

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 420 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 99/A
  • Fresh Mexicano Grill, 5430 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • Marlow’s Tavern, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 98/A
  • Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar, 5810 Bond St., Cumming. 98/A
  • Slopes BBQ, 5865 Gateway Drive, Alpharetta. 98/A

Fulton County

  • Canton Cooks, 5984 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 95/A
  • Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, 1099 Hemphill Ave., Atlanta. 98/A
  • Ruby Tuesday, 1230 Virginia Ave., East Point. 90/A
  • Star Fish, 2255 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 100/A
  • Tantra Restaurant, 2285 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 89/B

Gwinnett County

  • Cabo’s Mexican Grill, 3421 Ridge Road, Buford. 94/A
  • Caprese, 2130 Hamilton Creek Parkway, Dacula. 100/A
  • Lilburn Café and Grill, 900 Indian Trail Road, Lilburn. 75/C
  • Oyster Barn, 411 Beaver Ruin Road, Lilburn. 80/B
  • Paizano’s, 7-A Jones St., Norcross. 85/B

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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