Restaurant Ratings: Dirty Ice Doesn’t Cut the Mustard

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Didn’t Cut the Mustard:

Papa Jack's at 3318 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville:  Score of 78

  • The interior of ice machine found dirty.
  • Personnel's drink and food stored in the ice machine. (That is used for bagged ice)       

Cleaned Up Their Act:

Kentucky Fried Chicken at 1254 US Highway 431 in Boaz       

  • Early October Inspection: Score of 79

Health inspectors found fried chicken, below the required temperature, and a heat timer was nowhere to found. 

  • 11/27/2012 Re-inspection: Score of 91

The Golden Spoon Award:

Pilgrim's Place at 1314 North Jackson Avenue in Russellville: Score of 99

Keep in mind, at all restaurants in the state of Alabama, a satisfactory score is 85 or above.  A score of 59 or less would result in an immediate suspension of a restaurant’s food permit and they would close.

An establishment that scores below 85 is required to correct their critical violations within 24 to 48 hours and be re-inspected within 60 days.  A score of below 60 results in closure and the establishment will not be allowed to legally re-open until all critical violations are abated and their inspection score is 85 or above.

The Alabama Department of Public Health posts restaurant ratings on its website.  Search for your favorite restaurant now and find out their score.