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Restaurant inspections, Cinco Mexican

A Mexican restaurant in Suwanee lost its permit after repeat problems maintaining safe food temperatures and clean equipment led to a failing health score.

The 65/U was the second consecutive failing routine inspection for Cinco Mexican, 1500 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The inspector said two coolers were not keeping temperatures within the proper range. Numerous food items, all prepared the day before, were discarded.

Points were also taken off for repeatedly using improper cooling methods to lower the temperature of potentially hazardous foods. For example, a container of hot cheese dip was allowed to cool at room temperature, then placed into a deep covered plastic container in the walk-in cooler.

Equipment was not being kept clean, the inspector said. Knives and fry baskets, that had been cleaned and stored, were still dirty with food debris. The knives were stored in an unclean container.

In other violations, an employee was cutting onions prior to washing them. Several food items were being held past their expiration dates. Crab burgers, lobster dip, some homemade mayonnaise and fajita sauce were all discarded.

The facility also needed cleaning. Grease build-up was observed on cook-line equipment and the floor underneath. Spilled food was inside a freezer, and a soda gun at the bar was also dirty.

Cinco Mexican attended a compliance hearing with Gwinnett County health officials and will be re-inspected. The restaurant had a 66/U on a routine inspection in May, then scored a 90/A on the follow-up health check.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • American Wings & Hibachi, 1296 Highway 138, Riverdale. 81/B
  • Cherone’s Café, 6080 Highway 42, Rex. 93/A
  • First City Buffet, 7165 Highway 85, Riverdale. 88/B
  • Golden Corral, 8465, Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. 90/A
  • Truett’s Grill, 11161 Tara Blvd., Hampton. 100/A

DeKalb County

  • Chinese Dhaba, 1713 Church St., Decatur. 80/B
  • Donnie’s Country Buffet, 449 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 69/U
  • Dulce Vegan Café, 1994 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta. 92/A
  • Mac McGee, 111 Sycamore St., Decatur. 90/A
  • Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine, 3375 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 86/B

Fulton County

  • American Wing Co., 3005 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 94/A
  • Ceviche, 963 Canton St., Roswell. 93/A
  • Come Home Eatery, 3580 Cascade Road, Atlanta. 84/B
  • Greenwood’s On Green Street, 1087 Green St., Roswell. 95/A
  • Moe’s & Joe’s, 1033 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 87/B

Gwinnett County

  • Asian Grill & Buffet, 3843 Buford Drive, Buford. 81/B
  • Bon Ga Korean, 7130 Buford Highway, Doraville. 90/A
  • Enzo’s Pizza, 3070 Highway 78, Snellville. 89/B
  • Saffron Kitchen, 4790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. 98/A
  • Samurai Blue Japanese Grill, 2160 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville. 79/C

Henry County

  • Great American Grill, 95 Highway 81, McDonough. 89/B
  • Kazu Japanese & Chinese, 697 Davis Road, Stockbridge. 90/A
  • Royal Jamaican, 140 Willow Lane, McDonough. 78/C
  • Southside Steve’s, 715 Industrial Blvd., McDonough. 90/A
  • Waffle House, 4833 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove. 80/B

- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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