01/19/06 — They've earned their As

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They've earned their As

By Renee Carey
Published in News on January 19, 2006 1:52 PM

The Golden A awards, given annually to restaurants and foodstands that earned 95 percent or higher throughout the year, were presented to 135 recipients Tuesday night at the Wayne Center.

It was the eighth year for the awards program, based on scores given during the year's health inspections by the Wayne County Health Department. Ben King was recognized as the "father of the Golden A's" for having been instrumental in bringing the program to Wayne County.

Top winners in the five categories were announced first. Schlotzsky's Deli won in the restaurant category with a score of 100; In and Out Convenience Store and Quik Mart in Mount Olive, tied in the foodstand category; The Meadows, claimed the institutional food services crown with a score of 99.8; Food Lion in Pikeville, won top meat market with a score of 99.1; and there was a three-way tie in the school lunchroom category between Eastern Wayne Elementary, Edgewood Community Developmental and Meadow Lane Elementary schools, all maintaining a 100 percent average for the year.

Worth Heath, food and lodging program specialist, said the numbers were down for food services qualifying for Golden A awards this year. Last year, 168 awards were given out as compared with 135 this year, which he partially attributed to the closing of nine Winn-Dixie stores in the county.

Speakers for the evening included two who could share firsthand what the Golden A program has meant to the food service industry in Wayne County.

Chris Rarick of Schlotzsky's Deli said his business has been blessed to receive a 100 percent score 10 times in a row and has been winner in the restaurant category for the past five years.

"The Golden A has been a trademark to us that we strive for. I have learned from experience that food is nothing to play with," he said.

Sam McNeil, manager of Food Lion on Spence Avenue, said the market and deli at his store had won the Golden A in recent years despite several changes in management and department heads, demonstrating a pride and consistency in service.

"When I go into an establishment and it has a Golden A, it's instant credibility. I know they're doing right things and it's a safe environment," he said.

The complete list of 2005 recipients includes:


All Stars Family Fun Center

AMF Boulevard Lanes

Andy's of Goldsboro-Spence Ave.

Andy's of Pikeville

B & G Grill

Best Gas & Grill

Bonfire's Tortilla Bar

Brooklyn Pizzeria-Spence Ave.

Burger King No.11106

Berkeley Blvd.

Burger King No.12268

Spence Ave.

Burger King No.8119

Wayne Memorial Dr.

Burger King -- Breazeale Ave.

Burger King -- Hwy. 117 South

Canteen APV Baker

Central Lunch

China City

China Eight

Double D Bar and Grill


Eastern Region VR Food Service

Fast Eddies Sports Bar

Five Star Restaurant & Catering

Fuji Steakhouse

Geddy's Café

George's Grill-Hwy 13 N

Goldsboro Municipal Golf

Grady's Barbecue

Handy Mart No.2-Breazeale Ave.

Hardees No.1332165 -- 11th St.

Hardees No.5 -- Grantham St.

Hardees No.6 -- Ash St.

Hasty Mart No.35

S. Berkeley Blvd.

James Delicious Hot Dogs

Jersey Mike's -- Goldsboro

Jones Grill

Lamar's Mexican Restaurant

Lane Tree Golf Course Grill

Mae's Restaurant



New Hope Grocery

Pizza Village of Mt. Olive

Pupetta Italian Pizzeria

Quiznos Subs


Rudy's Grill

Sam's Club Cafe

Schlotzsky's Deli

Southern Wayne Pro Shop

Spence Market

Steak Barn

Steve's Pizza


Subway No.21840

W. Patetown Rd.

Taco Bell No.19633 -- 11th St.

Taqueria Zapopan

Target Food Avenue

Taste N' See

The Country Skillet

The Lighthouse

Family Restaurant

The Outback Steakhouse, Inc.

Torero's Authentic Mexican

Triangle Restaurant

Meat Markets

Country Butcher Shop

Food Lion Meat Market No.544

N. Breazeale Ave.

Food Lion No.128 -- Spence Ave.

Food Lion No.1364

W. Grantham St.

Food Lion No.1692

Highway 111 South

Food Lion No.2530

Five Points Plaza

Food Lion No.2576

New Hope Rd.

Food Lion Meat Market No.2581

Highway 117 N.

Joyner's Supermarket

Sam's Club

School Lunchrooms

Brogden Middle

Brogden Primary

Carver Elementary

Carver Heights

Dillard Middle School

Eastern Wayne Elementary

Eastern Wayne High

Eastern Wayne Middle

Edgewood Community

Fremont School

Goldsboro High

Goldsboro Middle

Grantham School

Greenwood Middle

Meadow Lane

Mt. Olive Middle

North Drive Elem.

Northeast Wayne Elem.

Norwayne Middle

Northeast Elem

Rosewood Elementary

Rosewood High

Rosewood Middle

School Street

Southern Wayne High School

Spring Creek Elementary School

Spring Creek Middle/

High schools

Tommy's Rd. Elementary

Private School Lunchrooms

Faith FWB Church

Mt. Zion Christian Academy

St. Mary


Best Quality Food Mart

D&H Mart

Domino's Pizza -- Spence Ave.

Food Lion 128 Deli Bakery

N. Spence Ave.

Food Lion Deli No.1692

Highway 111 South

Food Lion Deli No.2576

New Hope Rd.

Food Lion Deli -- Grantham St.

Food Lion Deli-Bakery No.544

N. Breazeale Ave.

Friendly Mart No.10

Highway 111 South

Friendly Mart No.16

Highway 111 South

Friendly Mart No.6

819 N. Breazeale Ave.

Friendly Mart No.7

101 N. Breazeale Ave.

Handy Mart No.63

Highway 70 E., LaGrange

Hasty Mart No.28

Miller's Chapel Rd.

In and Out Convenience Store

It's Always Pizza Time

Pantry No.894 -- E. New Hope Rd.

Pretzel Twister

Quick Mart Food Store

Soft T Shop

Sweet Grandma Grill

Walmart Seafood No.1236

Institutional Food Service

Alterra Sterling House

Brian Center

Britthaven of LaGrange

Howell's-Walnut Creek

Somerset Ct. Kitchen

The Meadows

The Pines

Woodard Care, Inc.

Woodard Retirement Village