County eateries earn 'A' grades
By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on September 22, 2008 1:42 PM
Seventy-seven area restaurants and food stands have received "Golden A" awards, based on scores given throughout the year's health inspections.
This is the 10th year for the recognition, sponsored by the Environmental Health section of the Wayne County Health Department. The distinction goes to restaurants and foodstands earning 95 percent or higher throughout the year.
A few changes were made to the program this year, said Shane Smith, food and lodging supervisor for environmental health.
Firstly, the annual banquet was not held due to lagging attendance.
The "Golden A" is also being awarded on a calendar-year basis, prompted by a change to risk-based inspections, Smith said.
"That means that all food serving establishments are inspected on the amount of foods they cook and cool down through the danger zone -- 135 degrees to 45 degrees," he said.
Requirement criteria also changed.
"Each awarded facility must have a score of at least 95 or higher all year plus be in the top 10 percent of total average in its risk category," he said. "This has made the award even more special, given that all Golden A awarded facilities are truly the best Wayne County has to offer in regards to overall sanitary conditions."
Top winners in the five categories include Schlotzsky's Deli, Eastern Regional VR Food Service and B&G Grill, restaurants; Magnolia Place, institutional food service; Food Lion on Ash Street, meat market; Domino's Pizza on Spence Avenue; and Rosewood High School, North Drive and Spring Creek elementary schools, public/private schools.
A complete list of recipients appears below:
Category 2, inspected twice a year: Schlotzsky's Deli, 99.4; All Stars Family Fun Center, Maugholds, Burger King on Spence Avenue, Sam's Club, Target Food Avenue, Jersey Mikes Subs, Steve's Pizza, KJM Outreach Center and Southern Wayne Pro Shop.
Category 3, inspected three times a year: Eastern Regional VR Food Service, 99.3; Best Gas & Grill, Scott's BBQ, George's Grill, Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course, Roselli's, Taqueria Zapopan, A&K Grill, Friendly Mart on Indian Springs Road and Grady's BBQ.
Category 4, inspected four times a year: B&G Grill, 99.38; Fuji Steakhouse, Andy's of Goldsboro, Lane Tree Golf Course Grill, The Lighthouse Family Rest-aurant, Buck Swamp Grill, Royal Tea Room, Triangle Restaurant, Mimmo's and Rudy's Grill.
Domino's Pizza on Spence Avenue, 100; Friendly Mart on N.C. 111 South, Pretzel Twister, Wal-Mart Seafood on Spence Avenue, In and Out Convenience Store on William Street, The Pantry on William Street, Safeway on N. William Street, Sweet Grandma's Grill, General Store and Wing Zone.
Category 3: Rosewood High School, 100; Faith Free Will Baptist Church, Dillard Middle, Edgewood Commun-ity Developmental School, Greenwood Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary, Brogden Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Southern Wayne High and Rosewood Middle.
Category 4: North Drive Elementary and Spring Creek Elementary, tied with a score of 100 each; St. Mary School, Eagle Cafe, Mount Zion Christian Academy, Rosewood Elementary, Eastern Wayne Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Tommy's Road Elementary and Northeast Elementary.
Institutional Food Service
Magnolia Place, 98.6; Howell's Child Care/Walnut Creek, Woodard's Care, Countryside Assisted Living, Brian Center, The Pines, Goldsboro Assisted Living, Fremont Rest Center, ReNu Life Extended and Sterling House.
Food Lion on Ash Street, 99; Food Lion on U.S. 117, Food Lion on N.C. 111, Food Lion on Five Points Road, Sam's Club Meat Market, Food Lion on N. Breazeale Street in Mount Olive and Food Lion on W. Grantham Street.
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