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Restaurant inspections, Flying Biscuit Cafe

Operations were suspended at the Flying Biscuit Café in Norcross last week after the restaurant failed its second routine health inspection with a 40/U.

The Gwinnett County health inspector said management wasn’t adequately controlling food safety practices at the facility at 5270 Peachtree Parkway.

Employees were bringing open, personal drinks into the food prep area, and were not washing their hands and changing gloves regularly.

One employee working in the kitchen did not change gloves after handling garbage. Another failed to change after handling raw egg.

In addition, a reach-in cooler was not keeping temperatures at 41 degrees or below, and needed repairing. Chicken breasts, meatloaf, cheese tortillas and black bean cakes were all too warm and were discarded.

Multiple food items were held past their expiration dates. Batches of pasta and a pot pie mix were thrown away.

A pan of hot collard greens was not being cooled properly, and bags of frozen, pre-cooked mashed potatoes were not being thawed properly.

The facility also needed cleaning, according to the inspector. Shelves in the coolers were unclean with debris and residue. Floors throughout the kitchen were dirty, and some floor tiles were in disrepair or missing in several locations. One of the sinks had leaking pipe.

Flying Biscuit Café was scheduled for a compliance hearing, then will have a follow-up inspection before being allowed to re-open. Previous scores were 80/B and 65/U.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Chef La’s Fish Fry, 4924 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 91/A
  • China Moon, 2810 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 93/A
  • El Taco Azteca, 2689 Summer St., Kennesaw. 90/A
  • Hoof & Ale, 2100 Roswell Road, Marietta. 100/A
  • Outback Steakhouse, 810 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. 92/A

DeKalb County

  • Avellino’s Pizza, 902 W. College Ave., Decatur. 96/A
  • Barlow’s Bar & Grill, 2845 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Tucker. 70/C
  • J.R. Crickets, 2617 Panola Road, Lithonia. 72/C
  • Legend Café, 6259 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Doraville. 91/A
  • Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 90/A

Fulton County

  • Hudson Grille, 865 N. Main St., Alpharetta. 100/A
  • J.J.’s Rib Shack, 2979 Campbellton Road, Atlanta. 81/B
  • Kozmo Gastro Pub, 11890 Douglas Road, Johns Creek. 92/A
  • La Parrilla, 865 N. Main St., Alpharetta. 93/A
  • Nuevo Laredo Cantina, 1495 Chattahoochee Ave., Atlanta. 84/B

Gwinnett County

  • Boba Mocha, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 80/B
  • Kinyobee Japanese Restaurant, 315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 88/B
  • Mango’s Latin Grill, 3870 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 88/B
  • Pho Delight, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 83/B
  • Taco N Gusto Mexican, 4578 Britt Road, Tucker. 91/A

Henry County

  • China Kitchen, 109 Willow Lane, McDonough. 89/B
  • Marco’s Pizza, 2327 Jonesboro Road, Hampton. 91/A
  • Paradise Island, 551 Jonesboro Road, McDonough. 94/A
  • Thai Garden, 2675 Highway 42, McDonough. 89/B
  • TooLooPeas, 282 E. Atlanta Road, Stockbridge. 92/A

- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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September 15th, 2013
9:17 pm

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September 16th, 2013
12:30 pm

81 @ JJ’S? O my gosh my BBQ fix may get suspended!!!!


September 16th, 2013
1:02 pm

How can anyone trust a restaurant after these kind of findings? Random things happen that inspectors catch so less than 100 can happen to even the best, but 40? I would never enter a restaurant that I knew had ever received that low a score unless all management had been replaced.

Ned Ludd

September 16th, 2013
6:21 pm

Welcome to the world of franchising. Lets take a great idea (Original Flying Biscuit) pay a lot of money for the concept, rent a place in a strip mall in the ‘burbs and concentrate entirely on making a profit. Minimum wages and training, cutting corners wherever possible and trying to be just another ‘casual fast food joint’–certainly won’t find many of us who loved the original place wasting our time at a sterile clone of a joint.