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Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Pasta Da Pulcinella and more restaurants that failed health inspections in December

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Pasta Da Pulcinella and more restaurants that failed health inspections in December

Lots of dirty dishes ~ what now atlanta Other failed inspections in Fulton county include Belly General Store, Goodfellas Pizza & Wings and Spiga.

What's considered failing?

Failing scores change from one health inspector to the next but the industry standard is that anything below a 70 (out of 100) is failing, according to April Majors, public information officer for the Fulton County Environmental Health Services Department.

With out further ado, here's a list of Fulton County restaurants that failed their health inspection in December-- Bon appétit!

Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Failed inspection: December 1, 2011 Score: 52, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(1495 Chattahoochee Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30318)

Pasta Da Pulcinella

Failed inspection: December 21, 2011 Score: 61, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(1123 Peachtree Walk Atlanta, GA 30309)

Belly General Store

Failed inspection: December 22, 2011 Score: 68, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(772 North Highland Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306)

Goodfellas Pizza & Wings

Failed inspection: December 27, 2011 Score: 69, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(615 Spring Street Atlanta, GA 30308)


Failed inspection: December 8, 2011 Score: 62, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(1231 Collier Road Suite P Atlanta, GA 30318)

Don Chon Mexican Restaurant

Failed inspection: December 30, 2011 Score: 54, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(616 South Central Avenue Hapeville, GA 30354)

Burger Bar

Failed inspection: December 29, 2011 Score: 47, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(186 Auburn Avenue Suite A Atlanta, GA 30303)

J.J.'s Rib Shack

Failed inspection: December 1, 2011 Score: 45, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(2979 Campbellton Road Atlanta, GA 30331)

Cafe 100

Failed inspection: December 12, 2011 Score: 69, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(3340 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1009 Atlanta, GA 30326)

Mother Land Cafe

Failed inspection: November 13, 2011 Score: 65, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(2925 Headland Drive Atlanta, GA 30344)

Little House Cafe

Failed inspection: December 1, 2011 Score: 57, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(2225 Marietta Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30318)

Waffle House #515

Failed inspection: December 29, 2011 Score: 53, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(3845 Browns Mill Road SE Atlanta, GA 30354)

China King

Failed inspection: December 1, 2011 Score: 69, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(3030 Headland Drive Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30311)

North Bistro Deli

Failed inspection: December 12, 2011 Score: 65, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(3575 Piedmont Road Suite 150 Atlanta, GA 30305)

Cocina Sofia Inc.

Failed inspection: December 15, 2011 Score: 37, Grade: U (Full report and violations)

(10390 Alpharetta Street Suite 120 Roswell, GA 30076)

[Editor's note: The health inspection reports listed might not reflect the most recent scores for these restaurants. Wondering why we don’t publish re-inspections and passing scores? Click here.]

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Caleb J. Spivak
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Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

6 responses to “Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Pasta Da Pulcinella and more restaurants that failed health inspections in December

  1. I'm going to keep posting this until Fulton County Resto Owners get the message.

    Here is the link that explains the process that Fulton County resto operators should use if they wish to contest their scores BEFORE they have a chance to be published like this.

    The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) offers regular meetings on the Food Code with a Fulton County Food Code expert that can help you avoid these problems to begin with. The workshop is FREE to any Resto Operator. You don’t have to be a GRA Member to attend. Here is the link to their page

    If you are not a member of the GRA, you should seriously consider joining their organization. Remember, there is safety in numbers and it costs money to create and manage these kinds of programs. If you consider the amount of money that you can lose because of being shut down, and the cost of membership; Membership is a SMALL Price to pay!

  2. The response above comes from some one who doesn't get what happens to a restaurant that contests an inspection.
    If a restaurant appeals an inspection they get re-inspected . . . by the same inspector, only pissed off this time,
    The inspector will stay and pick apart the restaurant until they find enough violations to fail the restaurant that dared to appeal. It is a lose lose situation. It is impossible to actually be in total compliance all the time, you show me any restaurant in town and give me an hour and I'll find enough violations to fail them.

    The GRA is a total joke, high fees and no ability to get anything done. If they had their act together the code change would have been carried out in a way that didn't lead to columns like this one that throw the good operators who got screwed in with the filthy Buford Hwy dumps.

    Some of these restaurants have real food safety violations but most are packed with stupid non-food safety violations, read the details at the end and you'll see stupid violations like:
    Observed missing light bulb underneath hood system
    Empty paper towel dispenser
    Dripping faucet
    Employee beverage within food prep area without proper lid.
    Cups not in an approved dispenser
    Tape on a knife handle
    Knife placed on a towel not a hard surface
    Hands washed in dish sink instead of hand sink
    Employee wearing jewelry other than plain ring (under their gloves)
    Grocery items stored in grocery bags
    In-use utensil not stored with handle above the top of container. (ladle was too short)
    Missing hand sink sign
    Separate all personal items from consumer goods. (Coat on shelf in dry storage)
    Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses (have you ever tried to clean up up a spill with a wet rag?)
    Observed reusable glasses stored stacked. Unstack all glasses and store in a single layer. (How is glass stacking, which almost every restaurant does in any way a health violation?)

  3. I have to agree. While occasionally providing useful information, this blog grasps at a schedule of regular updates by posting this kind of drivel. What would be truly informative in all of this is to point out which ones have been failed for being truly dirty and which ones had enough points for stupid citations that they fell below the mark. That would allow the general restaurant-going public to understand the context of some of these inspections, that they are basically a rigged game, and approach going to a restaurant that failed an inspection with a broad mind and knowledge that it is easier than it should be to slip and fall (no pun intended) on one of these inspections.

    Of course, if you're not doing your part to spread gossip about restaurants that failed, how can you be assured that there will be restaurant closings down the road to provide your blog with content?

  4. I agree with Josh, some of the items that fail are for idiotic non-food violations. Why not grade according to "real" food and sanitary violations only. No wonder Atlanta and environs lose so many businesses.

  5. The violation about the lady having the baby in the back of the Nuevo Laredo was pretty bad, in my opinion. Gives a whole new meaning to a rich mole.

  6. @ Josh I Totally GET what happens to restos that ask for re-inspections, that's why I posted the information that I did. What YOU don't get is the way that the Fulton County Health Department (FCHD) Inspectors office functions. I re-assert that ANY resto that feels like they have been unfairly graded, request a re-inspection. These re-inspection requests go up the ladder of authority at the FCHD and help to re-educate the inspectors that are having problems inspecting restaurants according to the State Code 290-5-14. The new Health Code was adopted by the State and helped along the way by the GRA and Local Industry Leaders Like Nancy Oswald at Ruth's Chris Steak House and many others. The Code is modeled after the FDA Food Code.

    Any restaurant operator (or worker) is welcome to contact the GRA at 404-467-9000 and talk to them about how the new food code has been designed and enforced.

    Before you go around calling organizations "a Joke", you should walk a mile in their shoes. Just sayin'

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