Two restaurants in Tucker recently failed routine inspections because food temperatures were not held at safe levels.
DeKalb County health officials briefly closed one of the restaurants, Enoz’s Pizza, 4487 Hugh Howell Road, because this was its second failing routine inspection within a year.
Enoz’s scored a 61/U, and the other restaurant, El Taco Naco Mexican, 2255 Idlewood Road, scored a 58/U.
At Enoz’s, pizza toppings of shredded mozzarella cheese, diced ham, sausage and sliced tomatoes were discarded because two coolers were not keeping them cold enough.
Also, some prepared lasagna being warmed on a steam table was thrown away because the temperature had fallen to an unsafe level.
The pizzeria reopened two days later after receiving an 85/B on a follow-up inspection. However, one cooler was still not working correctly and the inspector told them to remove the food and have it repaired.
El Taco Naco Mexican had similar problems maintaining proper food temperatures.
Two coolers were not keeping food items cold enough. Raw chicken in a prep cooler was at 53 degrees, well above the 41-degree maximum for potentially hazardous foods. Management was told to either repair the coolers or put the food on ice.
Methods for holding hot foods were also insufficient. Some cooked foods were wrapped in foil and kept on top of the stove to keep warm. Potentially hazardous foods should be stored in a steam well or reheated as needed, the inspector said.
El Taco Naco Mexican scored a 95/A on its previous two inspections.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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