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Eateries earn top health scores

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on November 18, 2012 1:50 AM

Seventy restaurants and foodstands in the county are being recognized by the Health Department for achieving high sanitation standards.

The Golden A award program, started in Wayne County in 1999, is based on scores given during the year's health inspections.

The annual recognition used to be done in a large ceremony at the Wayne Center, but in recent years certificates are presented at each business individually, said Shane Smith, food and lodging supervisor with the environmental health program.

"It's been in this format probably since North Carolina changed to the different frequencies. That's been about five years," he said.

As a result, requirements to earn the award have become more stringent, he said. The top 10 percent in each category are awarded a grade card to be displayed at the business.

"The criteria is you have to have a 95 or higher to qualify, but then we take the top 10 averages after that."

Businesses are identified by frequencies of inspection. For example, some foodstands that only serve sandwiches may only be inspected once or twice a year, while those that have more variety of hot and cold foods will be inspected several times a year.

It is definitely an honor for a food service business to receive one of the prestigious certificates, Smith said.

"It gives them a goal to shoot for, to allow the citizens of Wayne County to show that these are the top (businesses)," he said. "When you see these awards in the facility you know it's exemplary."

The list of the top 10 honorees in each category, and those with the highest scores, appears below.


Frequency 1 & 2:

Big Barn, U.S. 13 (100)

Starbucks, Wayne Memorial Drive

Burger King, Spence Ave.

Subway, Breazeale Ave., Mount Olive Kangaroo, U.S. 70 West

Subway, U.S. 70 West

Kangaroo Express, Buck Swamp Road All Star Family Fun Center

Tasty Shoppe, U.S. 70 West

Chuck E. Cheese

Frequency 3:

Roseli's, Dudley (99.5)

Taco Bell Eleventh St. (99.5)

Grady's BBQ, Dudley (99.5)

Cherry Blossom, Stevens Mill Road (99.5)

Scott's BBQ

Original Tabernacle of Prayer

The Getaway Café Coffeehouse, E. Walnut St.

Food Lion Deli, Pikeville

Worksource East, Corporate Drive George's Grill, U.S. 13 N.

Frequency 4:

Marcelina's, Pikeville (99.375)

Lotus 1899 Bistro, N. John St.

Village Steakhouse, U.S. 70 West

B & G Grill

Country Skillet

Rudy's Grill, N.C. 581

Triangle Restaurant

China House

BJ Café, Eureka

La Paz


Pretzel Twister, Berkeley Blvd. (99.75)

Dominos Spence Ave.

Kangaroo Express William St.

Kims Catering Service, John St.

Food Lion Deli Hwy. 111

Food Lion Deli Five Points

Kangaroo Express New Hope Rd.

Walmart Deli, U.S. 70 West

Soft T Shop, S. John St.

Food Lion Deli, Mount Olive

School Lunchrooms:

North Drive Elementary (100)

Spring Creek Middle/High School (100)

Northwest Elementary (100)

Dillard Middle

Meadow Lane Elementary

Rosewood Elementary

Norwayne Middle

Brogden Middle School

School Street Elementary

Spring Creek Elementary


The Pines (99.62)

LaGrange Gardens Assisted Living

Woodard Retirement Village

Sterling House Kitty Askins

Re Nu Life Extended

Fremont Rest Center

Countryside Assisted Living

Magnolia Place, Salem Church Road

Woodard Care

Meat Markets:

Food Lion, Pikeville (99.5)

Food Lion, Five Points Road

Food Lion, Mount Olive

Hills Beef & Pork

Food Lion, N.C. 111

Food Lion, New Hope Road

El Mercado, Parkway Drive Food Lion, W. Grantham St.

Piggly Wiggly, Lionel St.

Country Butcher Shop, U.S. 70 West, LaGrange.