The following are among the food service establishments inspected in February by the Bulloch County Health Department. The department scores on a 100-percentile scale. Kitchens are inspected at least every four months and are required to post their score sheets in public. The score and selected comments from health inspectors are included in each report. All eating establishments are located in Statesboro, except where noted. To view all restaurant scores, visit www.bullochhealthdepartment.com.
Larry's Giant Subs, 620 Fair Road Score: 91
Personal beverages noted over food prep areas; corrected on-site. Sanitizing solution not maintained clean; corrected on-site. Build-up noted on the back of the prep sink, in the sliding door channels, on display case and on some dry storage shelves. Walls in restroom must be smooth and easily cleanable. Build-up noted on the wall behind the slicer. Good job. Inspector: Misty McKanna.
Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, 120 Lanier Drive Score: 75
Keep hand towels at hand sink. Keep plastic food container bags stored out of standing water in cooler unit. Keep proper sanitizer solution in sanitizer buckets — shows 0 ppm. Must have discard dates on potentially-hazardous food held over 24 hours — ribs in walk-in. Label all bulk containers. Thermometer in cooler unit inaccurate — reading 70 degrees F; actual temp of cooler is less than 40 degrees F. Cannot prep foods in 3-compartment dish sink. Keep personal items stored away from food contact surfaces. Need to discard damaged plastic bowls and utensils. Clean all shelves in coolers where needed. Clean cooler lid seals in bar. Repair floor, walls and ceilings where needed. Inspector: Jud Street
Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, 120 Lanier Drive Score: 91 (Reinspection)
Do not store food in bottom of cooler in standing water unprotected. Post current inspection. Keep ice scoop store out of falling ice machine. Protect single-use items on shelves — plates. Need proper test strips for ammonia sanitizer. Clean shelves in walk-in cooler. Repair floor, walls and ceilings where needed. Inspector: Street.
El Sombrero #14, 879 Buckhead Drive Score: 91
Observed a personal beverage stored over clean dishes. Replace cutting boards; not smooth and easily cleanable. Repair leak at hand-wash sink. Dry storage walls have peeling surfaces. Fantastic job. Inspector: McKanna.
Gentilly Gardens of Statesboro, 625 Gentilly Road Score: 91
Keep all foods covered when not in kitchen or working with. Need discard dates on leftover potentially-hazardous food. Hang mops to dry when not in use. Inspector: Jud Street.
Southern Manor Retirement Inn, 1532 Fair Road Score: 97
Protect coffee filters while in storage. Need to clean shelves where pots are stored. Clean behind stove and upright cooler. Inspector: Street.
Subway #28656, 611 Highway 80 West Score: 96
No hand/arm jewelry allowed aside from plain wedding band. Clean slicer holder. Inspector: Brad Wiggins.
Applebee's, 804 U.S. Highway 80 East Score: 78
Get hand towels at all hand sinks. Cover all foods. Clean slicers. Dish machine must sanitize at 180 degrees F rinse. Clean ice machine. Ribs not being cooled properly. Do not put food on floor. Keep rags in sanitizer solution. Keep dip wells on for utensils. Keep ice scoop handle out of ice. Replace or resurface cutting boards. Discard utensils that are worn/broken. Discard food cart. Clean ice scoop holder. Clean freezer bottoms. Repair plumbing. Dip well excess cannot run across floor to drain. Keep trash dump closed. Clean floor where needed. Wash all items in 3-compartment sink (sanitizing) until dish machine is repaired. Inspector: Wiggins.
Applebee's, 804 U.S. Highway 80 East Score: 92 (Reinspection)
Get thermometers in all coolers. Replace or resurface cutting boards. Clean containers that hold utensils. Clean cooler seals. Repair plumbing. Dip well excess cannot run across floor to drain. Inspector: Wiggins.
Ryan's Buffet and Grill, 806 Highway 80 East Score: 81
Clean ice machine. Clean tea nozzles. All potentially-hazardous foods must be held at 41 degrees F or lower. All items displayed or held at the four-hour time limit must be marked with discard time. Repair door to meat prep room. Seal bottom of back door. Food discarded. Do not use cooler if 41 degrees F temperature cannot be maintained. Inspector: Wiggins.
Ryan's Buffet and Grill, 806 Highway 80 East Score: 92 (Reinspection)
Get thermometers in all coolers. Post choking poster in dining room. Seal bottom of back door. Inspector: Wiggins.
The Soda Fountain at Walker Pharmacy, 100 Brampton Avenue, Suite F Score: 92
Label potentially-hazardous foods with 7-day discard dates. Need to organize utensil storage and arrange by size to allow for only handles to be touched. Protect single-use items — cup tops and single-use cups. Replace missing ceiling tiles. Inspector: Street.
Sonic at Buckhead, 880 Buckhead Drive Score: 80
Cover all food when not in use. Sanitizer strength in two cloth buckets not registering on test strips. Foods in front prep cooler at 48 to 49 degrees F. Store wiping cloths in sanitizer between use. Do not store cloths in ice scoop holder. Protect single-use items. Food thrown away. Inspector: Street
Sonic at Buckhead, 880 Buckhead Drive Score: 93 (Reinspection)
Keep wiping cloths in sanitizer between uses. Keep lids closed on single-use items. Clean walk-in cooler shelves. Inspector: Street.
Heavenly Ham, 607 Brannen Street Score: 96
No hand/arm jewelry/watches allowed on food preps aside from plain wedding ring. Clean cooler shelves. Inspector: Wiggins.
Willow Pond Assisted Living, 4344 Country Club Road Score: 90
There are four ways to thaw meats: submerged under cool running water, in microwave, in cooler or during cooking process. Do not store food on floor. Clean drawers and freezer bottom. Rid kitchen of roaches. Inspector: Wiggins.
Hungry Howie's, 607 Brannen Street Score: 89
Restaurant must have certified food safety manager. Get soap at hand sink. Clean shelves and other non-food contact surfaces. Clean vent pipe and replace damaged ceiling tiles. Fix holes in walls. Clean floor where needed. Inspector: Wiggins.
Hungry Howie's, 607 Brannen Street Score: 90 (Reinspection)
Restaurant must have certified food safety manager. Clean shelves and other non-food contact surfaces. Replace damaged ceiling tiles. Fix holes in walls. Clean and repair floor where needed. Clean vent pipes. Inspector: Wiggins.
Beaver House, 121 South Main Street Score: 92
Store all dishes/pots on clean, smooth surfaces. Store utensils in clean bins. Store ice scoop appropriately. Clean outsides of bins, doors of equipment and back splash of stove. Repair floors, walls, shelving and ceiling where needed. Good job. Inspector: McKanna.
Larry's Giant Subs, 701 Piedmont Loop Score: 95
Observed employee with no hair restraint; corrected on-site. Clean behind ice maker, condiment bins and inside cooler. Repair peeling surfaces where needed. Fantastic job. Inspector: McKanna.
Manny's/Quality Inn, 230 South Main Street Score: 84
Products in walk-in cooler must be held at 40 degrees F or below. Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses; corrected on-site. Dry items completely before stacking. Store clean utensils to prevent contamination. Clean areas next to chemical storage. Clean spills under dry goods storage. Replace missing tiles; fill any holes in walls. Inspector: McKanna.
Manny's/Quality Inn, 230 South Main Street Score: 98 (Reinspection)
Fill in holes in walls. Make surfaces easily cleanable. Super job. Very clean. Inspector: McKanna.
Georgia's Bed and Breakfast, 123 South Zetterower Avenue Score: 91
No single-use hand-drying aids. Store cleaners separate. Store all utensils turned in the same direction in drawers. Inspector: McKanna.
La'Berry Frozen Yogurt Cafe, 1100 Brampton Avenue Suite G Score: 94
Improper thawing methods; yogurt must be thawed under cool running water or in cooler. Do not thaw or do any food prep in 3-compartment sink. Inspector: Marlin Thomas.
Chick-fil-A of Statesboro, 703 Northside Drive East Score: 89
Hand-wash sink used for non-hand-washing activity. Observed food employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Observed items stacked before completely dried. Observed single-service containers not stored to prevent contamination. Cutting boards must be replaced or resurfaced. Bins noted with cracks. Build-up observed in condiment bins and on shelving beside ware-washing station. Clean floor behind tea-making area and under equipment. Inspector: McKanna.
Chick-fil-A of Statesboro, 703 Northside Drive East Score: 98 (Reinspection)
Observed items stacked before completely dried. Store clean utensils turned the same direction. Observed single-service containers not stored to prevent contamination. Inspector: McKanna.
— compiled by Rheneta A. Washington Ward