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Restaurant inspections, Family Café

Unclean hands and food contact surfaces lowered the health score of a Scottdale restaurant.

Food employees at Family Café, 3420 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., were not cleaning their hands before engaging in food preparation, according to a DeKalb County health inspector.

During the recent routine inspection, an employee was observed wiping their face with a cloth and touching glasses, then scooping up cooked rice without first washing their hands.

Food contact surfaces were dirty, and the facility wasn’t being cleaned as often as necessary to prevent contamination of food products, the inspector said.

Points were counted off because food preparation counters, both prep coolers, and the inside of the reach-in coolers were all dirty. Fryers, shelves and storage containers also needed cleaning.

The inspector observed an employee washing equipment, but not sanitizing it.

Family Café received a 63/U, dropping from previous scores of 82/B and 83/B earned earlier this year.

In other violations, food items were being thawed improperly. Raw beef burgers were thawing on a shelf at room temperature; raw fish was thawing in the vegetable sink.

Three loaves of bread, offered for sale to customers, had expired and were thrown away.

Some chemical, non-food items for sale to customers were being stored in the food prep areas. These were removed during the inspection.

Family Café will be re-inspected. The owner’s daughter said the inspector was first coming back to retrain employees and clear up confusion caused by language barriers.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • Boardwalk Burger, 6000 N. Terminal Parkway Concourse A, Atlanta. 96/A
  • China One, 5456 River Station Blvd., College Park. 92/A
  • Grecian Gyro, 4542 Old Dixie Highway, Forest Park. 90/A
  • New York Buffalo Wings, 4645 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park. 89/B
  • Rio Grande Restaurant, 4609 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park. 89/B

Cobb County

  • El Nopal Mexican, 611 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 75/C
  • Hemingway’s Bar & Grill, 29 W. Park Square, Marietta. 86/B
  • Indo Caribbean Cuisine, 5050 Cherokee St., Acworth. 100/A
  • La Parrilla Mexican, 29 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 90/A
  • O’Charley’s, 4130 Austell Road, Austell. 94/A

DeKalb County

  • Applebee’s, 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 83/B
  • Chopaati, 1707 Church St., Decatur. 68/U
  • MoonShadow Tavern, 3976 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 87/B
  • Oriental Express, 4214 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Clarkston. 85/B
  • Tomatillos, 1242 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta. 75/C

Fulton County

  • Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 84/B
  • City Limits Café, 280 Connally St., Atlanta. 94/A
  • Rosa Mexicano, 245 18th St., Atlanta. 90/A
  • Sichuan House, 5900 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 91/A
  • Sushi House, 10955 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 93/A

Paulding County

  • Buffalo’s Southwest Café, 5380 Wendy Bagwell Parkway, Hiram. 99/A
  • Cuban Delights, 101 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. 85/B
  • Imperial Palace Restaurant, 4374 Atlanta Highway, Hiram. 99/A
  • Phoenix Bar & Grill, 3716 Atlanta Highway, Hiram. 91/A
  • Tequila Mexican Restaurant, 350 Paulding Plaza, Dallas. 96/A

- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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