Check out a restaurant’s health inspection records before you dine there. You might change your mind and save some money! You can find restaurant health inspections online. They might be listed by city, county, or state. Allfoodbusiness.com lists many restaurant inspection web sites.
Check the Departments of Health
Using the Los Angeles County Environmental Health search engine for food facility ratings, I found the inspection reports for Gordon Ramsay at the London, located in West Hollywood. A few violations were found, the worst being food held at improper temperatures, but the restaurant still earned an A rating. “Brilliant!” as the Brit chef would say.
President Barack Obama was seen eating at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, and Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia has out-sourced its restaurant inspections search engine to HealthSpace Integrated Solutions. I looked up Ray’s Hell Burger at the Arlington Health District’s Restaurant Inspections search engine but I did not see Ray’s Hell Burger listed. Spiaggia, 980 North Michigan Avenue, passed its inspection with no violations, according to EveryBlock Chicago.
Martha Stewart’s favorite East Village restaurants include Graffiti Food and Wine Bar. According to the New York Department of Health inspection it had nine violations concerning food temperature and improperly maintained surfaces or equipment. Martha Stewart’s East Village tour continues with Rai Rai Ken, a ramen noodle restaurant. Rai Rai Ken rates better with only 4 violations and a grade of A. It just needs to clean its bathroom, maintain its surfaces and equipment, and post a food allergy poster conspicouously and in the language of its workers. Martha Stewart’s next East Tenth Street choice is Chikalicious Dessert Bar. It received twelve violation points, including employees using their bare hands on food and dirty wiping cloths.
Bill Clinton likes the food at Sylvia’s Restaurant at 328 Lenox Avenue in Manhattan, but the inspectors found 20 violations at Sylvia’s. The bathroom and plumbing needed maintenance, and food was not kept properly cold.
Look for Inspection Scores in Restaurant Windows
Since July, 2010, the New York City Health Department has required restaurants to post letter grades showing the result of their sanitary inspections. An inspection score of 0 to 13 is an A, 14 to 27 points a B, and 28 or more points is a C. Grade cards must be posted where they can easily be seen by people passing by.
It is not always easy to find records of restaurant inspection online. The states, counties and cities handle their online records in various ways. I found web sites that were supposed to post restaurant inspections, but they did not operate right or posted out of date information. If you really want to know a restaurant’s latest inspection report, you can check with that restaurant.