Monday, December 2, 2013

Which local restaurants earned C's from the Dept. of Health?

Here are the C's for restaurants in the Jackson area since October 1 as issued by the Mississippi Department of Health*.  The state issues grades of A,B, or C.

Penn's Fish House on Lakeland Drive (2)
Best Wok on Meadowbrook (2)
Ms. BBQ in Canton
Collins Dream Kitchen on Terry Road (2)
The Green Room on Bounds St.
Domino's Pizza on N. Jefferson (2)
Piggly Wiggly Deli on Meadowbrook
La Cazuela on Fortification (3)
Bo Don's on I-55 S (2)
Waffle House on Old Canton Road
Select Specialty Hospital on Ridgewood Road
Huddle House on Old Fanin Road
Wok to Go on N. State St. (2)
Shipley's Donuts in Clinton
Underground 119 (2)
Nicks (2)
Penn's Fish House in Madison
Jaco's Tacos on S. State St.
Golden State Restaurant on N. State St. (4)
Panaderia Mexico in Ridgeland (2)
Fairview Inn
Dragon's Garden in Canton

*The number of C's since October 1, 2012 is included in () if more than one was issued.  See ratings for these restaurants and more on the this web page.

MDH's website provides definitions for each grade:

A: No critical violations noted. The facility inspection found no critical violations. Critical violations of the state Food Code are those more likely to lead to food contamination, illness, or other health risk.

B: Critical violations were corrected during the inspection. Critical violations were found, but corrected under the supervision of the inspecting environmentalist. No further corrective actions are required.

C: Critical violations have not been corrected. Critical violations were found, but some or all were not corrected during the inspection. The facility will be re-inspected, and all violations must be corrected in a time period not to exceed 10 days. The re-inspection date is posted on the graded report. If violations are not corrected in the specified time, steps are taken to suspend the facility's permit to operate.

A grade of C is also given if critical violations are repeated from the last inspection, even if they were corrected at that time.


Anonymous said...

??? Nicks as in

I thought that was a nice place to eat.....but it is on the list as having 2 C's since Oct 1 2012


Anonymous said...

The Fairview Inn?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

It's not always as bad as it sounds. Sometimes it's just something like not having a certified manager on duty. Other times its worse like employees not washing hands after taking a dump or rodents visible. The details of the inspections tell the story. Kudos to Kingdish for having the balls to print this. Most newspapers and tv stations won't because they don't want to lose advertisers.

Not Epicurius said...

Specialty Hospital on the 'C' list? Say it ain't so. We expect places like Waffle House and Chinese Eateries to receive the lowest available rating.

Speaking of hospitals, if you've never ventured down into the dungeon that is St. Dominic's cafeteria, and you want to see a nice lineup of fried foods, carb-laden junk and trans fats, set aside a few minutes and take the tour.

Upstairs they'll counsel you on healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Downstairs they'll pump you full of junk food and high-fats.

Anonymous said...

I have often wondered about the Mayflower. Several years ago I was told by a person who should know, that money had been known to pass to "overlook" health issues. But then again, I have wondered the same thing about every restaurant. Watching a server scratch their head and then.......

Anonymous said...

Upstairs they'll counsel you on healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Downstairs they'll pump you full of junk food and high-fats.

Sales pipeline management.

Anonymous said...

Well I'll be damned, I had no idea St. D forced people to eat fried food at gun point. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to read your reviews of the menu offerings at UMC, Baptist and the HMA facilities. Which one of those do you work for?

Anonymous said...

I eat @ St Dom cafeteria weekly and its the best down to the cornbread. Yes, they have a hamburger line and the occasional fried squash or okra on the entre line. Most of the fish is broiled however. They have a salad line too. Its a cafeteria, sir.

The FDA, USDA, AMA, AHA, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and National Academy of Nutrition are the real problems because they have a hands off policy on obesity as a disease, food label truth, and sugar additives in processed food.

Once the scientific community wakes up and demands a re-write of the Nutrition Act of 1990, we will have declining Type 2 Diabetes and rising healthcare insurance rates, chronic diseases, and government expenditures.

Anonymous said...

The problem is not refrigerators having a 43 F reading or the lack of head nets on kitchen workers. It ain't hatless chefs.

Mississippi is plain fat and addicted to fast food...and cokes. Not to mention fried chicken, BBQ ribs, ice cream, caramel cakes, potato chips, and red hots.

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO. People are fat because of food labels. That is a good one!

Kingfish said...

Fairview passed its follow up inspection.

LOL said...

For the defenders of the "fat food line" at St. D.; You forgot to mention the fried chicken, fried chops, cakes, pies and smoked sausages. It's all great stuff.....just seein' a contradiction of mission twisting. Pray for the downtrodden, heal the sick and fatten up the rest ~ Then rotate the chairs. Maybe video poker machines in the chapel would be a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

You missed Brent's...

Anonymous said...

I eat at St. D Cafeteria on the regular and they actually have some of the best "hospital" food around. There are many options one being the "grill" line which always has a great lineup of carb trans fat laden goodies such as french fries, tater tots, cheese burgers with grilled onions and the such. If you venture to the left a bit to the plate lunch line there are always "healthier" choices available such as baked fish, baked chicken, green beans, cabbage ect. Then there is a soup and salad bar on the left wall for those lovers of rabbit food. Now if you put two gallons of ranch on y our salad, or ask for two scoops of gravy on you baked chicken you may just increase you calorie intake. It's all about personal choices.

Anonymous said...

I work at St. D and I can tell you that they have had a healthy plate lunch option for as long as I've been here (about 15 years.) If you don't want fried chicken, don't get fried chicken.

Anonymous said...

One way to tell if a restaurant failed is to look for their grade as you walk in. If they failed, the grade will be hidden behind a coat rack. Keep up the good work Kingfish!

Anonymous said...

My first thought, upon seeing Nick's on the list, was that someone didn't know how (or how much) to bribe certain other someones.

Anonymous said...

Hypocrisy permeates St. Dominic's. Several of you speak to the issue of accommodating personal preferences....Well, how do they accommodate the personal preferences of smokers? They don't. It's against the rules to light up anywhere on campus. Even in your car in the parking tower. I suggest they move the cardiac rehab suite closer to the fried chicken aisle.

But back to the eateries who earned a 'C'; The only reason there are not more Chinese establishments on the list is because more of them were not inspected. With regularity, over the decades, those places have failed more often than any other ethnic style and any other food type. Coincidence?

Anonymous said...

all institutional food is garbage. processed food is full of unhealthy additives, including but not limited to, SODIUM. it is a huge problem for those of us with high blood pressure. if you think you're eating healthy by taking veggies on the caf line, you are just taking in poisons. think your turkey wrap is a healthy option? carbs, sodium and turkeypills aren't good for you. you can't eat healthly away from your own kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I have my own restaurant inspection. I look in the men's bathroom to see how clean it is. Then I check the back door and see how much grease build-up is on the threshold.

If an eatery has a tile floor in the kitchen which it steam cleans--it passes.

Anonymous said...

"Hypocrisy permeates St. Dominic's. Several of you speak to the issue of accommodating personal preferences....Well, how do they accommodate the personal preferences of smokers? They don't. It's against the rules to light up anywhere on campus. Even in your car in the parking tower. "

Hey rube - people HAVE to eat something or they will die from starvation. NOT smoking has no health risks whatsoever. Also, your smoke affects my kid's asthma. Your clogged arteries are your problem alone.

Thank you for playing - next contestant please!

Anonymous said...

I've eaten at 119 and Fairview.. they were both wonderful! I'm shocked they made the list, but like comments above, it could be minor issues. I'm sure all restaurants have problems at some point. Addressing 9:09pm, you're right! Bathrooms say alot about the restaurant. Sal and Phil's has one of THE nastiest pair of restrooms I've ever been in! I like to get take out from there but the whole place is so dark and with the nasty restrooms...not too sure!

Anonymous said...

The cherokee should be at the top of the failing list, so dirty!

Anonymous said...

9:03 - that's not dirt at the Cherokee, that's seasoning.

Dante said...

Maybe Nick's failing grade comes from the arrests out on the manager Craig Fant. . .

Anonymous said...

JACO'S TACOS is on SOUTH State St. not N. State St.

Anonymous said...

Love the Cherokee....also Nick's is great.

Booger Inspector said...

No food establishment gives one whit about cleanliness, food safety or boogers on the bathroom door. They only do what it takes to pass inspection. Steamcleaning a tile floor blows all kinds of shit onto the walls, ceilings and cooking equipment. Think about it.

Meanwhile, the more serious issue is whether Bonefish really thinks a large roll of white wrapping paper qualifies as 'white table cloth'?

Anonymous said...

Nick's is on the list because of manager Craig. Google his name.

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