10 Worst Charlotte Restaurant Health Scores in March

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charlotte-health-inspection-scoresEven though Charlotte’s restaurant selection continues to grow, so does our population, and some restaurants are taking advantage of this growing customer base by letting their health standard slide.

Some of the most common reasons for low scores were food handlers not washing their hands properly, sick workers preparing food, and improper food temperature (many restaurants are starting to use infrared thermometers to avoid this). You can see exactly what the inspectors look for on this blank copy of an inspection report.

These are the top 10 worst currently standing inspection scores in Mecklenburg County:

#10 Trade Restaurant and Bar

132 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

Scored 88 (B) on 3/14/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Proper date marking and disposition (3 demerits)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (3 demerits)
  • Hands clean and properly washed (2 demerits)
  • Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized (1.5 demerits)
  • Handwashing sinks, supplied and accessible (1 demerit)
  • Consumer advisory provided for raw or under-cooked foods (.5 demerits)
  • Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control (.5 demerits)
  • In-use utensils: properly stored (.5 demerits)

#9 Tavern 51 

8700 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC

Scored 88 (B) on 3/3/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Hands clean and properly washed (2 demerits)
  • Handwashing sinks, supplied and accessible (2 demerits)
  • Food separated and protected (1.5 demerits)
  • Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper date marking and disposition (1.5 demerits)
  • Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used (1 demerit)
  • In-use utensils: properly stored (1 demerit)
  • Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled (.5 demerit)
  • Non-food-contact surfaces clean (.5 demerit)
  • Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean (.5 demerit)

#8 Ruby Tuesday #4432

12330 Johnston Road, Charlotte, NC

Scored 87 (B) on 3/21/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerits)
  • Hands clean and properly washed (2 demerits)
  • Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper date marking and disposition (1.5 demerits)
  • Required records available: shellstock tags, parasite destruction (1 demerit)
  • Time as a Public Health Control: procedures and records (1 demerit)
  • Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used (1 demerit)
  • Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled (.5 demerit)

#7 Be’s Noodles & Banh Mi

11308 N Community House Rd., Charlotte, NC

Scored 86.5 (B) on 3/27/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Proper date marking and disposition (3 demerits)
  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerits)
  • Management and food employee knowledge, and conditional employee; responsibilities and reporting. (1.5 demerits)
  • Food separated and protected (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper cooling time and temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Time as a Public Health Control: procedures and records (1 demerit)

#6 Osaka Japanese & Chinese

17115 Kenton Drive, Charlotte, NC

Scored 86.5 (B) on 3/22/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Proper cold holding temperatures (3 demerits)
  • Hands clean and properly washed (2 demerits)
  • Food separated and protected (1.5 demerits)
  • Handwashing sinks, supplied and accessible (1 demerit)
  • Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used (1 demerit)
  • Food properly labeled: original container (1 demerit)
  • Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display (1 demerit)
  • Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control (.5 demerit)

#5 Levant Meditteranean Cuisine

501 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC

Scored 85 (B) on 3/3/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Food separated and protected (3 demerits)
  • Proper cooling time and temperatures (3 demerits)
  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerits)
  • No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate properly followed (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper date marking and disposition (1.5 demerits)
  • Personal cleanliness (.5 demerit)

#4 Taqueria El Burrito Express

6927 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte, NC

Scored 85 (B) on 3/7/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Proper cooling time and temperatures (3 demerit)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (3 demerit)
  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerit)
  • No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate properly followed (1.5 demerit)
  • Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized (1.5 demerit)
  • Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control (1 demerit)
  • Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled (1 demerit)
  • Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used (1 demerit)
  • Non-food-contact surfaces clean (1 demerit)

#3 Tacos Garduno

7535 Old Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC

Scored 85 (B) on 3/29/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Management and food employee knowledge, and conditional employee; responsibilities and reporting. (3 demerits)
  • No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate properly followed (3 demerits)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (3 demerits)
  • Insects and rodents not present; no unauthorized animals (2 demerits)
  • Proper cooling time and temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use (1 demerit)
  • Thermometers provided and accurate (1 demerit)
  • Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control (.5 demerit)

#2 Chicken King #2 

1740 West Trade St., Charlotte, NC

Scored 75.5 (C) on 3/21/2017

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Hands clean and properly washed (4 demerits)
  • Food separated and protected (3 demerits)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (3 demerits)
  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerits)
  • Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used (2 demerits)
  • Compliance with variance, specialized process, reduced oxygen packaging criteria or HACCP plan (2 demerits)
  • Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display (2 demerits)
  • Food obtained from approved source (1 demerit)
  • Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained (.5 demerit)

#1 Dim Sum 

2920 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC

Scored 70 (C) on 3/10/2017 (currently closed)

They had the following violations (in order of severity)

  • Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized (3 demerits)
  • PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties (2 demerits)
  • Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use (2 demerits)
  • Hands clean and properly washed (2 demerits)
  • Food separated and protected (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper cooling time and temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper hot holding temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper cold holding temperatures (1.5 demerits)
  • Proper date marking and disposition (1.5 demerits)
  • Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used (1 demerit)
  • Handwashing sinks, supplied and accessible (1 demerit)
  • Food obtained from approved source (1 demerit)
  • Food in good condition, safe and unadulterated (1 demerit)
  • Required records available: shellstock tags, parasite destruction (1 demerit)
  • Food properly labeled: original container (1 demerit)
  • Sewage and waste water properly disposed (1 demerit)
  • Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean (1 demerit)

As of April 3rd, the above scores have not changed, but they can be increased (or decreased) at any time, as soon as they have a re-inspection.

If you’d like to monitor heath scores, or do a quick search for a restaurant you’re about to eat at, check out North Carolina’s health inspection database here.

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