Wednesday, July 28, 2010

McDonald's Cleanest Place to Eat in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

The New York City Department of Health and Hygiene's Restaurant Inspection Information site in now up and running. You can search by area code, name, borough, or cuisine.

Fancy Smith Street eateries like The Grocery have 12 violations for: "Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist." Meanwhile, on the fringe of the Gowanus Cannal, the McDonald's under the BQE has no violations. Few restaurants escape with no violations whatsoever, but the recently opened Fultummy's "Lighting inadequate. Bulb not shielded or shatterproof," is far better than evidence of mice and roaches at Zaytoon's. Bino (formerly Po) is oddly absent from the list, perhaps due to confusion resulting from its recent name change.

All restaurants will be given grades of A, B, or C. Those who receive a B or a C grade will be given several weeks to make upgrades. Let the class wars between high-end roach factories and tidy cheap eats begin.

While McDonald's may be cleaner, you still cannot be sure your meal will not cause a multitude of health-related problems and, sadly, you still cannot rap your order.