The following are among the catering establishments inspected by the Bulloch County Health Department in December. The department scores on a 100 percentile scale. The kitchens are inspected at least every four months and must display their evaluation forms publicly. The score and selected comments from health inspectors are included in each report. All restaurants are located in Statesboro unless otherwise noted. To view all restaurant reviews, visit dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections and select Bulloch County.
➤ 168 Chinese Kitchen, 456 South Main Street
▲ Score: 73
Observed uncovered food in refrigerators and freezers. When you partially cook food, you need to have a cooling and reheating process. Food must be chilled to 70 degrees Fahrenheit within two hours and 41 degrees Fahrenheit within four hours, and food must be reheated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the temperatures must be monitored and documented. Observed shrimp stored in reach-in chiller at 55 degrees F. Scoops of rice in stagnant water. Water must be flowing or maintained at 135 degrees F or above. Inadequate lighting in walk-in cooler; can not see in half of the cooler. Live cockroach in the kitchen. Inspector: Aaron Jump.
➤ Southern Palace, 224 South Main Street
▲ Score: 71
Grocers washed their hands when handling raw meat without removing their gloves. Employee drinks without a lid/straw kept on the food prep surface while working with food. Dishwasher does not disinfect dishes. Foodservice workers wear watches while preparing ready-to-eat meals. Rice scoops stored in standing water. If stored in water, it must flow or be maintained at 135 degrees F. Excessive deposits on appliances in the kitchen. Floor drains accumulate in several places in the kitchen. It is recommended to repair immediately and return for inspection tomorrow. Correction until: 03.12.2021. Clean floors, walls, ceilings. Observed dead cockroaches on kitchen shelves and on cleanly stored plates. Observed damaged bars, open window without bars and unsealed roof access hatch allowing bugs to enter. Inspector: Jump.
Re-inspection result: 80 (Dec 6)
Observed dirt and debris on knives and utensils hanging from the magnet in the food prep area. Observed containers of white and brown cooked rice stored in walk-in rooms with no labels or date marking. It is recommended that all undated food be discarded. Observed dosage of oven cleaner as a detergent in the dishwasher. Leaking, splashing faucets on the prep sink and leaking drain from the 3 compartment sink draining onto the floor. Repair plumbing. Flour on the floor and cobwebs on the walls observed in the dry storage room and throughout the kitchen. Clean floors, walls, ceilings. Observed unsealed roof access hatch which could allow bugs to enter. Observed dead cockroach on the floor in a dry storage room. Inspector: Jump.
➤ Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 201 Henry Boulevard
▲ Score: 96
Observed expired milk product stored in walk-in cool box. corrected on site; food thrown away. Inspector: Jump.
➤ Uncle Shug’s On Main, 434 South Main Street
▲ Score: 92
Observed employee washes hands in sink with 3 compartments. Observed storage of food containers on walk-in refrigerated floors and storage of food on frozen floors. Food was taken off the floor. Several food contact surfaces were observed to require cleaning. Inspector: LaRon Randall.
➤ Waffle House #935, 609 Northside Drive East
▲ Score: 73
Observed hash browns stored in contact with liquid residues in the bottom of the inset cooler. It is recommended to discard food. corrected on site; food thrown away. Observed uncovered food in the cooler in the kitchen. The dishwasher has been observed not reaching the specified temperature of 165 degrees F. Manager has been told he will be using a 3 compartment sink until the repair is fixed. They will call the health department once this is resolved. Observed dirty coffee mugs on a rack storing clean mugs for use. Improper storage of mopping cloths observed on the counter. Wet rags should be kept in disinfectant solution. Observed clean plates stored unprotected from contamination on the food service counter. Turn panels over or use blank panel for protection. Deposits observed on the floor and in the door jamb area of several intervention coolers. Observed broken drain pipe under the sink that was leaking on the floor and was covered in mold. Repair plumbing. Observed excessive deposits throughout the kitchen. Clean floors, walls, ceilings. Observed gap at the bottom of the rear entrance door where bugs could enter. Replace sealing strips. Inspector: Jump.
Re-Inspection Result: 92 (9 Dec)
Uncovered sauce and waffle batter in use observed. Observed juice cup used as a scoop and coming into contact with food (sugar). Observed employees’ personal drinks being stored alongside take-away products. Observed employee’s personal drink on shelf with to-go items. All employee items must be kept in a designated area. Inspector: Jump.
➤ Eagle Health & Rehabilitation, 405 South College Street
▲ Score: 99
Observed leak in the fan in the radiator at the back of the kitchen. Observed sticky spill in kitchen from juice machine. corrected on site; Food service workers cleaned up the floor where there was a spill. Inspector: Laura Moore.
➤ Hampton Inn Statesboro, 350 Brampton Avenue
▲ Score: 100
➤ Paul’s Catering & Bartending Services, 48 Hill Street
▲ Score: 100
➤ Southern City Lounge, 25 West Main Street
▲ Score: 99
Observed leftovers in the bottom of the freezer and in the microwave. Inspector: Randall.
➤ Westwood Healthcare & Rehabilitation, 101 Stockyard Road
▲ Score: 92
Observed crust and/or black organic material on can opener blade. Observed wipes not being stored in disinfectant/stored between uses. Observed ceiling damage in the dry storage room and in the kitchen. Inspector: Randall.
➤ Fordham’s Farmhouse, 23657 Highway 80 East
▲ Score: 81
Observed foods uncovered when not in use. Cover all foods when not in use. Observed deposits on the blade of the can opener and the ice maker. Observed fish and chicken not at proper temperature of 41 degrees F or below; corrected on site. Meat stored on ice observed without proper contamination precautions. Observed thank you bags used as food storage. Observed food debris accumulated on the bottom of the walk-in cooler/reach-in cooler/walk-in freezer/reach-in freezer. Fat deposits observed on hood covers. Inspector: Randall.
➤ Georgia’s Bed and Breakfast, 123 South Zetterower Street
▲ Score: 96
The employee certificate expired in 2020. Inspector: Jump.
➤ GSU Eagle Dining Services-Dining Commons, 10 Georgia Avenue
▲ Score: 90
Observed ‘secret sauce’ stored within reach after disposal date of 12/6/21. Two unopened boxes of half and half with an expiration date of 11/8/21 observed. Observed pizza utensils stored in standing water. There has been talk of spending time storing utensils between uses. Pincer grip observed in contact with tortillas. Food debris observed in the bottom of food warmers. Observed broken/missing floor tiles in the walk-in. Inspector: Jump.
➤ Dingus Magees, 3 Georgia Ave
▲ Score: 82
Observe moldy mushrooms in walk-in cooler. Observed potentially hazardous food stored over 24 hours without a 7 day discard date. Stale milk observed. Observe worn, deeply grooved cutting boards; must be smooth and easy to clean. Observed grease/food debris accumulation on appliances, skillet, fryers and warmers. Grease, dirt and food debris observed on floors. Inspector: Marlin Thomas.
➤ Southern Social, 125 Gata Drive
▲ Score: 93
Mold observed in the ice machine. Observed single service items without protection against contamination. Observe worn, deeply grooved cutting board. Dirt and debris observed on floors in walk-in cooler. Examiner: Thomas.
➤ The Blue Room, 1830 Chandler Road
▲ Score: 90
Observed dirty cutting board. Observed refrigerators/freezers without an internal thermometer. Observed food scoops in flour with no handles. Observed food residues in the bottom of fridge/freezers. Observes fat, leftover food under the griddle. Observed floors with dirt, grease and food residue. Observed damage to the ceiling in the kitchen area. Examiner: Thomas.
10th of December
➤ Caribbean Fest, LLC, 214 Shuman Drive
▲ Score: 99
Observed food stains inside the oven. Examiner: Thomas.