How restaurants fared in health inspections

Health departments in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties inspected the following restaurants from Dec. 18 to 31:

Mountain Island

Bottom score

Claibornes II, 2342 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte – 90
Violations include: no sneeze shields for proper protection of food on buffet table, no sanitizer available, black mold on interior ice shield of ice machine, rice and peas stored below proper temperature, live roaches found around bar.

Other scores
• Bubba’s Barbecue, 4440 Sunset Road, Charlotte – 99
• Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte – 97.5
• Niyoshi II Japanese Restaurant, 3625 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte – 98.5
• P.F. Changs China Bistro, 10325 Perimeter Pkwy., Charlotte – 96.5
• South 21, 6116 Brookshire Blvd., Charlotte – 96.5
• Wendy’s, 3524 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte– 99
• BI-LO Cafe & Deli, 2924 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte – 97


Huntersville

Palace of China, 106 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 93
Violations include: Raw pork was stored over rice in walk-in refrigerator, raw pork was stored over mushrooms in large prep unit and ice was in uncovered ice bin at bar during slow period; chlorine sanitizer was not at proper concentration and soda fountain dispenser nozzles had black residue; cut pork, fresh garlic and breaded chicken were stored in areas above 45 degrees; spray bottle containing bleach wasn’t labeled; scoops and fork were in container of water under 135 degrees.

Lupie’s Café, 101 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville – 93
Violations include: Employee beverages were stored above and on food prep surfaces; food containers and pans with food were stored on walk-in cooler floor; sanitizer wasn’t available for use; staff handled food without hair restraints; and a few plastic containers were cracked.

Other scores
• Bowlies, 16317 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 99.5
• Canteen Office Warehouse, 13225 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville – 100
• Chili’s Grill & Bar, 16633 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 96.5
• EEZ Fusion, 16525 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville – 98
• Firehouse Subs, 9826 Gilead Road, Huntersville – 98
• Food Lion Deli, 706 Gilead Road, Huntersville – 100
• Food Lion Market, 706 Gilead Road, Huntersville – 98
• Harris Teeter Bakery/Deli, 9925 Rose Commons Drive Huntersville – 100
• Lees Catering, 15336 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville – 96.5
• McGuire Office Complex, 13225 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville – 100
• Moe’s Southwest Grill, 16933 Kaufinger St., Huntersville – 97.5
• The Nook Coffee Bar & Eatery, 9525 Birkdale Commons Drive, Huntersville – 99
• Wendy’s Northcross, 16601 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 101.5
• Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 16408 Northcross Drive, Huntersville – 96.5
• Thank You Café, 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville – 100.5
• Killington’s Restaurant and Pub, 10010 Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville – 95
• Brian’s Dog House Grill, 9931 Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville – 99
• Easy Eddie’s, 12125 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 96
• Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse, 16516 Northcross Drive, Huntersville – 98
• Taste of Buffalo Pizzeria, 9610 Sherrill Estates Drive, Huntersville – 98
• House of Taipei, 16500 NorthCross Drive, Huntersville – 96
• O’Charley’s, 16609 Statesville Road, Huntersville – 97.5
• Qdoba Mexican Grill, 16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville – 98

Cornelius

Bottom score
Smokin Guns Bar & Grill, 19901 Holiday Lane, Cornelius – 94
Violations include: Boxes of chicken and appetizers were stored on the floor in the walk-in freezer; growth was observed inside ice machine; two bottles of chemicals were seen unlabeled; thermometer not available for checking food temperatures; some equipment was in bad repair; dusty fan in walk-in cooler needed cleaning and broken light covers in kitchen needed replacing.

Other scores
• Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 19918 N. Cove Road, Cornelius – 96.5
• Brooklyn South Pizzeria, 19400 Jetton Road, Cornelius – 95.5
• Irish Cue, 19507 N.C. 73, Cornelius – 98.5
• Atami Express Japanese Grill Restaurant, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius – 96
• Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius – 97.5
• Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 8311 C Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius – 96
• Nanette’s Table, 8305 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius – 97
• Jack’s Corner Tap, 8301-1 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius – 96.5
• Kentucky Fried Chicken, 20220 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius – 98.5
• Lake Town Tavern, 19708-K W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius – 99
• Picasso’s at the Lake, 20930 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius – 99
• Prosciutto’s Pizza, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius – 94.5
• Thai Marlai Restaurant, 19700-A One Norman Blvd., Cornelius – 96

About the grades


Restaurants are given grades of A for scoring at least 90 percent, B for 80 to 89 percent and C for 70 to 79 percent. The state revokes permits for restaurants that score below 70 percent.


Restaurants are eligible for two bonus points if an employee has completed a food service sanitation program within three years.


For Mecklenburg County restaurant grades go to http://mecklenburg.digitalhealthdepartment.com.

– Compiled by staff

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