Charlotte is NOT a city short on places to eat out. But the restaurant scene isn’t always a good one. According to the latest ratings by the North Carolina health inspectors, there are quite a few restaurants in the Queen City that don’t quite make the mark.
The N.C. Division of Environmental Health serves as the governing body that keeps the public’s health safe. Restaurant inspection scores come from this division or local health departments. Each local health department has its own Board of Health. The N.C. Boards of health act as the gatekeepers for managing these inspection scores for restaurants and setting the standard.
Most people these days are more aware of restaurant’s inspection scores. It can reveal a lot about the restaurants level of cleanliness and how it handles its food. A low score doesn’t necessarily mean the restaurant is unfit. There may be a few areas the establishment in that did not meet the state’s health inspection standards. For example, some of the most common reasons for low scores were food handlers not washing their hands properly, contaminated food containers, and improper food temperatures. Many restaurants are now using infrared thermometers to avoid this issue.
Nonetheless, there are several Charlotte restaurants that received low inspection scores, but knowing the specific reason for that score can make a difference. You be the judge when reviewing these eight restaurants that ranked low scores from the health department. Check out some of the violations. A few of the restaurants may surprise you.
Source: North Carolina’s health inspection database here.