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Restaurant Inspections
Restaurant inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected in July 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 and select Bulloch County.

July 26

➤ Heritage Inn & Rehabilitation, 307 Jones Mill Road  

▲ Score: 99

Observed greasy residue on outside of pot stored with clean dishes. Clean inside of toaster more thoroughly. Inspector: Rebecca Clifton.

➤ Home 2 Suites, 1576 Brampton Avenue  

▲ Score: 95

Need paper towels at hand sink at all times; corrected on-site. Protect plates from contamination. Inspector: Clifton.

➤ The Taco Truck, 314 Southeast Broad Street, Metter  

▲ Score: 96

No chemical test kit provided. Hot water at hand-washing sink not working. Inspector: Karen Anderson.

July 29

➤ D's Friendly Diner, 503 Northside Drive East Suite A  

▲ Score: 95

Foods removed from original packaging stored in Ziploc bags -- hamburger patties, chicken breasts, etc. -- in freezer. Should be labeled with a common name. Replace busted seal on freezer. Grease-encrusted area of kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned -- around/behind equipment on cook line, in back area around prep sinks. Replace any water-damaged ceiling tiles. Check functioning of hood; very smoky in facility during time of inspection. Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Ocean Galley Seafood, 503 Northside Drive  

▲ Score: 84

No paper towels at hand sink. Rotten cucumber in walk-in cooler; discarded. Utensils on cook line in bucket of water, spoon next to tea urn in pitcher of water. Utensils must be cleaned and sanitized in between uses. If storing in water in between uses, water temp should be 171 degrees F or above. Using plastic oyster containers to store other foods -- lemons. These are single-use containers and should not be reused in the restaurant. Observed cracked plates, no longer smooth and easily cleanable; discard. Food encrustation between equipment on cook line; grease/debris accumulation on grill. Clean cook line thoroughly. Personal items -- cell phones -- being kept in food prep area; should be stored in a designated area. Personal drinks on bottom shelves next to food items; should be stored in a bin or away from foods. Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Shane’s Rib Shack, 1100 Brampton Avenue  

▲ Score: 96

Cell phone in food prep area; keep in a designated area away from food prep. Corrected on-site; phone was removed. Flies in kitchen area. Inspector: Clifton.

July 30

➤ Orchid Asian Restaurant, 1525 Fair Road Suite 104  ▲ Score: 79

Observed food handler washing off gloves in the hand-washing sink. Corrected on-site; spoke with the person in charge that food handlers must change gloves and wash hands between tasks.  Observed servers handling cut lemons with bare hands. Observed dried food debris on the upper portion inside the microwave. Observed food handlers without proper hair restraints. Observed utensils and spoons stored in containers of water. Observed flies by the 3-compartment.Observed back door not sealing. Inspector: Anderson.

Reinspection score: 89 (July 31)

Hand sink next to dishwasher full of utensils, blocked by cleaning cart. Do not block hand sink; should always be accessible. Fly strip hanging over bulk storage container. Do not hang fly strips over food prep or storage areas. Flies in kitchen. Keep front door closed to prevent flies. Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Taco Bell, 729 Northside Drive  

▲ Score: 96

Observed pico de gallo not being cooled after prepping. Corrected on-site; pico was cooled rapidly and then placed back on cold-hold unit. Observed personal food item stored in the hot-holding unit. Corrected on-site; personal item was removed. Inspector: Anderson.

July 31

➤ "The Corral" Concessions at Bulloch County Agricultural Complex, 44 Arena Boulevard  

▲ Score: 100

Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Chazito's Latin Cuisine, LLC, 441 South Main Street Unit 112  

▲ Score: 92

Date-mark container of pork cubes; corrected on-site. Box of food on floor in walk-in freezer. Tightly seal bag of flour; corrected on-site. Sunglasses on prep table; keep in a designated area; corrected on-site.  Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Chili's, 435 Commerce Drive  

▲ Score: 77

Observed food handler put gloves on without washing hands. Corrected on-site; employee washed hands. Observed food in walk-in cooler not covered. Observed build-up on soda head nozzles. Observed cook not having a thermometer to check cook temps. Observed food handler wearing a watch. Observed 3-compartment sink converted to a meat sink. Observed floor drain with food build-up around because tile is broken and not slopped to drain properly. Inspector: Rebecca Bryant.

➤ Nonna Picci Pizza, 807 South Main Street  

▲ Score: 82

Observed employee prep dough then put gloves on without washing hands. Corrected on-site; employee washed hands. Observed chicken cold-holding at 54 degrees F and 45 degrees F and meatballs at 45 degrees F. Corrected on-site; food discarded. Inspector: Bryant.

➤ Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street  

▲ Score: 99

Observed hand sink not draining properly. Inspector: Laura Moore.

➤ Parkwood Foodservice, 12188 Highway 301 South  

▲ Score: 100

Inspector: Clifton.

➤ Seasons of Japan, 715 Northside Drive East Suite 8  

▲ Score: 85

Observed beef stored uncovered. Corrected on-site; food was covered. Observed organic matter build-up on soda nozzles. Corrected on-site; employee was educated on cleaning food-contact surfaces. Inspector will return in 72 hours. Observed shrimp sauce not being held at 41 degrees F or below. Inspector's thermometer was calibrated to 32 degrees F on site. Corrected on-site; food discarded and education on cold-holding for shrimp sauce was provided. Observed dishes stacked wet to dry. Observed beef stored in single-use plastic bag in walk-in freezer. Observed cooks not changing gloves in between tasks. Observed debris in the bottom of walk-in freezer. Inspector: Moore.

➤ Southern Billiards & Burgers/Cowboys, 200 Lanier Drive  

▲ Score: 69

Rotten tomatoes in walk-in cooler; moldy butter in walk-in cooler (dated 12/2018); brown hamburger in walk-in cooler (use by date 7/23/19); all discarded; corrected on-site. Heavy build-up of organic matter in ice machine; food accumulation on meat slicer; dirty utensils stored with clean dishes. Shrimp, chicken, wings observed with no label or date-marking to be discarded within 7 days of prepping. Spray bottle with purple solution unlabeled; corrected on-site. Open bags of breader should be tightly sealed or stored in bulk storage containers. Uncovered hot dogs in freezer. Kitchen needs thorough cleaning. Food/crumb accumulation in bottom of coolers, freezers; debris/grime accumulation on cook line around/behind equipment; dusty fan in kitchen; seals on all coolers/freezers very dirty. Cell phone on prep table; personal food items in walk-in cooler. Keep all in a designated area away from food prep/storage areas. Seal around back door to prevent bug intrusion. Inspector: Clifton.

➤ The Lodge at Bethany, 77 Bethany Drive  

▲ Score: 99

Hand sink not draining properly. Inspector: Moore.

➤ Three Tree Coffee, LLC, 441 South Main Street  

▲ Score: 93

Observed organic matter build-up on ice machine. Observed buttermilk past expiration date. Inspector: Moore.

— compiled by Rheneta A. Washington Ward

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