As easy as 1, 2, 3
Elise knows that I used to read the restaurant gradings at the LA County’s Dept of Public Health’s food facility rating page for kicks. Or rather, for the horrors. After a while, I had to stop because, well, I don’t need to explain, do I? Today’s LA Times tries:
And snapshots can be misleading: You can’t know what’s happening at a restaurant on any particular day. Just one example: A Pakistani restaurant in the greater L.A. area that we won’t name has an A rating now, and, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health database (www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/rating), it has a recent history of sailing through inspections with high marks. But the department also reports that the restaurant had to be shut down for three days in May for “vermin infestation” and an undefined “imminent health hazard to public health or safety.”
Likewise, a popular martini bar in Los Angeles that has an A rating now had to be shut down for three days in June for a major cockroach infestation and “gross contamination of utensils/equipment.”
Now, if you read the grading report, you’ll know exactly who those restaurants are. Are you sure? The really gross one is here: the list of the recently closed.