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Check out this week’s Triangle restaurant sanitation scores (Dec. 22)

The News & Observer is publishing a weekly round-up of restaurant sanitation scores to keep you up-to-date on the health grades at Triangle spots.

Sanitation scores and their corresponding letter grades are used in North Carolina to assess restaurants’ adherence to rules and standards intended to mitigate and prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

You’ve likely seen sanitation grade cards at restaurants you’ve visited, and The N&O recently explained what those scores mean and how they’re calculated.

Here’s what we found in Wake, Durham and Orange counties for the week of Dec. 15 to Dec. 22.

Wake County sanitation scores

Wake County’s sanitation grades database shows 100 restaurant inspections that took place between Dec. 15-22.

Most restaurants received an A grade, or a score of at least 90%.

One restaurant, Blue Fox Indian Cuisine (2250 Gathering Park Cir. in Cary), received a B grade, or a score of at least 80% but less than 90%.

The restaurant received a score of 83.5% during an inspection on Dec. 15.

  • The restaurant was in violation of 20 state standards, with point deductions ranging from zero to three points.
  • Violations included the inspector observing “little to no hand washing” throughout the inspection, having raw chicken stored on top of ready-to-eat food, having no date marking on any food in any cold holding units and having several foods at improper cooling temperatures.
  • Some violations were corrected during the inspection, the inspection report shows.
  • The restaurant previously scored a 94% in May and an 85% in April.

No restaurants in Wake County received a C grade, or a score of at least 70% but less than 80%.

No restaurants received a failing grade, or a score below 70%.

You can search all restaurant inspections in Wake County by using the county’s inspection grades database.

Durham County sanitation scores

The Durham County inspection management system shows 29 restaurant inspections have been completed since last Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Most restaurants received an A grade, or a score of at least 90%.

One restaurant, La Isla Del Mar (315 Foushee St. in Durham), received a B grade, or a score of at least 80% but less than 90%.

The restaurant received a score of 81.5% during an inspection on Dec. 16.

  • The restaurant was in violation of 22 state standards, with point deductions ranging from zero to three points.

  • Violations included having no “active managerial control” in the kitchen, an employee following improper hand washing technique and having steak stored at the improper cooling temperature.
  • The restaurant had six repeat violations, including that the person in charge was not a properly trained or certified food protection manager and that the interiors of ice machines were “very soiled.”
  • Some violations were corrected during the inspection, the inspection report shows.

  • The restaurant previously received an A grade in May, as well as in October and September 2020.

No restaurants in Durham County received a C grade, or a score of at least 70% but less than 80%.

No restaurants received a failing grade, or a score below 70%.

You can search all restaurant inspections in Durham County using the county’s inspections database.

Orange County sanitation scores

The Orange County inspection management system shows 23 restaurants have been inspected over the past week.

All 23 restaurants received an A grade, or a score of at least 90%.

You can search all restaurant inspections in Orange County using the county’s inspections database.

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Korie Dean is a reporter on The News & Observer’s service journalism team. She is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill and a lifelong North Carolinian.

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