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Restaurant inspections, Bass BBQ Soul Food

A malfunctioning walk-in cooler led to a recent failing health score at the Ellenwood location of Bass BBQ Soul Food.

A Clayton County inspector recorded the cooler’s ambient air temperature at 54 degrees. Ribs, Salmon and raw chicken were all too warm and were discarded.

Bass BBQ, 2863 Anvil Block Road, received a 61/U, far below previous scores in the 90s. A head cook at Bass said, while he wasn’t sure what happened during the routine inspection, the cooler would be repaired before the follow-up inspection later this month.

Among other code violations, food was not properly separated during preparation or storage. Cooked oxtails were placed near prepared rice and dressings. Cooked yams and two containers of prepared macaroni and cheese in warming trays were discarded because temperatures were out of range.

The inspector also observed several flies in the kitchen, food prep and dining areas, and noted a lot of trash around the outside dumpster.

Two recently featured restaurants improved their scores during follow-up inspections. Grand Buffet, 4365 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, scored an 83/B. Southern Buffet & Grill, 4750 Jonesboro Road, Union City, scored a 92/A.

In other inspection news, Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness will offer a free Food Code briefing at the Georgia Restaurant Association July 24, from 2-4 p.m.

This is for Fulton County restaurants only, but the GRA is in the process of expanding these briefings to other metro counties.

For details and to register go to: or contact the GRA at 404-467-9000.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • American Sandwich, 5471 Riverdale Road, College Park. 80/B
  • Anderson Diner, 1395 Southlake Parkway, Morrow. 81/B
  • Butch’s, 192 Highway 54, Jonesboro. 92/A
  • Jerk Palace, 487 Highway 138 Riverdale. 94/A
  • Wings N Burger, 6163 Reynolds Road, Morrow. 75/C

DeKalb County

  • Dragon Express, 4060 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 89/B
  • Hola! Mexican Cantina, 205 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 90/A
  • Outback Steakhouse, 2145 Lavista Road, Atlanta. 76/C
  • Shorty’s, 3701 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 84/B
  • Yum Yum Thai, 3977 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 91/A

Forsyth County

  • Austin’s Steaks and Seafood, 506 Lakeland Plaza, Cumming. 98/A
  • Back Yard Burgers, 1725 Buford Highway, Cumming. 97/A
  • Beef ‘O’Brady’s, 2619 Freedom Parkway, Cumming. 98/A
  • Cinco Mexican Cantina, 5206 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • Kitani Sushi, 1485 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 96/A

Fulton County

  • Alessio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 640 W. Crossville Road, Roswell. 85/B
  • Don Chon Mexican Restaurant, 616 S. Central Ave., Hapeville. 72/C
  • Flip Burger Boutique, 3655 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 91/A
  • Marlow’s Tavern, 3719 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta. 98/A
  • Thumb’s Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 68/U

Henry County

  • Baby Jane’s Home Cooking, 148 John Frank Ward Blvd., McDonough. 72/C
  • Blake’s Eatery, 901 Rock Quarry Road, Stockbridge. 90/A
  • China 1, 924 Highway 81, McDonough. 76/C
  • Pizza Hut, 4906-4910 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove. 94/A
  • Sushi China Cafe, 1481 Hudson Bridge Road, Stockbridge. 73/C

- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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