ARHS: 8 area restaurants rate B or lower in inspections


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Eight local restaurants have received health grades of B or lower in recent inspections, a review of health inspectors’ reports shows.

Following an Albemarle Regional Health Services meeting at which health officials expressed concerns about food safety, The Daily Advance reviewed health inspectors’ assessments of restaurants. To view that information, go to www.arhs-nc.org/services/ehs/#inspections and click on the county of the restaurant you want to search.

Across The Daily Advance’s five-county coverage area, only two restaurants have received “C” grades in their last two inspections: Dragon Buffet and Golden Corral, both in Elizabeth City.

Dragon Buffet got a C in its inspection on Aug. 22, dropping from a B when it was inspected on July 30. According to the inspector’s report, the buffet corrected four out of five “critical violations” immediately, or during the inspection. 

A buffet employee offered limited comment on the grade Tuesday, but said the restaurant would be reinspected in November.

As for Golden Corral, it got a C grade in its inspection on July 13, but raised that to an A in a following inspection on July 25. A manager said the restaurant had no comment on the C grade.

ARHS’ data also show that Famous Franks Hot Dogs and Grille got a B in its most recent inspection on Aug. 8, with two of three critical violations immediately corrected.

Five restaurants in Pasquotank’s four neighboring counties have gotten B health grades in their most recent inspections, according to ARHS’ data.

In Camden, J&E Oasis got a B in its most recent inspection in June. The gas station in South Mills immediately corrected one of five critical violations.

In Chowan, Pearl’s Tobacco Plus got a B on April 24, but corrected all three of its critical violations immediately. Also, Chowan’s Pizza Hut on Clair Drive got a B on April 18, but raised that to an A on May 14.

In Currituck, the Dunkin Donuts in Grandy got a B on July 6, and corrected one of four critical violations immediately.

In Perquimans, the One Stop Grille got a B on June 14, with none of its three critical violations corrected immediately.