April 10, 2013

Few restaurants netted top scores on health inspections

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A picture of a proposed color-coded placard that indicates compliance with local public health ordinances. 
Public Health officials are looking at ways to make inspection results more public.

Contributed/C-U Public Health District

A picture of a proposed color-coded placard that indicates compliance with local public health ordinances. Public Health officials are looking at ways to make inspection results more public.

By Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess — Just 29 Champaign County eateries ranked in the top scoring health inspections over the past six months, a new CU-CitizenAccess.org analysis shows.

Of the 703 health inspections of food establishments and restaurants between September 2012 and February 2013, 172 inspections scored 90 and above.

But a little more than two dozen were of restaurants, bars, mobile food trucks and a coffee shop. Two of the top-scoring inspections were of restaurants that previously failed.  (A list is posted below).

Churches, food pantries and schools inspected in the past six months make up the bulk of the top scorers.

Other high score inspection reports were from food establishments at private businesses, catering services, grocery stores and specialty food places, such as farms and a health food store.

CU-Citizen Access began publishing scores and information on health inspections in September 2011 as public health officials have long discussed how to make them public. Many other communities in Illinois and nationally make them public through newspapers and online Web sites or have the restaurants post their ratings on site.

Under current county and city ordinances, food establishments and restaurants are not required to publicly display the results of health inspections. Public health officials are now discussing a draft proposal to do so; in the meantime, CU-CitizenAccess posts the full report of failed health inspections on its website.

Just recently, CU-CitizenAccess posted all health inspection reports for all food establishments and restaurants inspected since September 2011 on a map (access here).

The new tool provides users the ability to search for a specific food establishment by name or filter out places by score range.

Below is a list of the 29 eateries that scored 90 or higher on health inspections within the past six months.

Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, 2000 N Neil, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 1/9/2013

Adjusted score: 97

Barbeque Heaven, 1213 W Beardsley, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/17/2012

Adjusted score: 96

Big Grove Tavern, 1 E Main St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 11/13/2012

Adjusted score: 91

Bunny’s Tavern, 119 W Water, Urbana

Date of last inspection: 9/13/2012

Adjusted score: 90

Burrito King (Mobile No. 1), 404 E Green St., Champaign,

Date of last inspection: 12/20/2012

Adjusted score: 98

Cool/Popped Bliss (Mobile), 410 E Park St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/14/2012

Adjusted score: 93

Cracked Truck @ Strawberry Fields (District), 306 W Springfield Ave., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 11/27/2012

Adjusted score: 96

Dish @ Illinois Terminal, 45 E University, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 11/16/2012

Adjusted score: 90

Emerald City Lounge Inc., 116 N First St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/19/2012

Adjusted score: 100

Empanadas House @ Refinery, 2302 W John St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/18/2012

Adjusted score: 96

Fat City Bar & Grill, 505 S Chestnut St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/19/2012

Adjusted score: 93

(This restaurant failed its previous inspection)

Filippo’s Pizza & Italian Food, Tin Cup Rd., Mahomet

Date of last inspection: 10/2/2012

Adjusted score: 90

Great Steak & Potato Co., 2000 N Neil, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 2/20/2013

Adjusted score: 90

Illini Inn/Stone Baked Pizzeria, 901 S Fourth St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 11/26/2012

Adjusted score: 92

J. Gumbo’s, 700 S Gregory Dr., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 10/23/2012

Adjusted score: 90

Latte Da! @ Champaign Library, 200 W Green St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 2/14/2013

Adjusted score: 96

Marble Slab Creamery, 1211 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy

Date of last inspection: 1/23/2013

Adjusted score: 98

Mas Amigos Food Sv. Truck No. 1, 607 N Cunningham Ave., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 11/15/2012

Adjusted score: 100

Mike and Molly’s, 105 N Market, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/26/2012

Adjusted score: 91

Milo’s, 2870 S Philo Rd., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 9/25/2012

Adjusted score: 91

Panchero’s Mexican Grill, 102 E University Ave., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 9/5/2012

Adjusted score: 92

Piato Too, 300 S Broadway, Urbana

Date of last inspection: 9/27/2012

Adjusted score: 97

Pizza Hut, 1317 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy

Date of last inspection: 11/12/2012

Adjusted score: 95

Red Lion, 211 E Green St., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/17/2012

Adjusted score: 96

Subway , 706 Marketview Dr., Champaign

Date of last inspection: 2/15/2013

Adjusted score: 92

Subway, 2740 S Philo Rd., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 2/26/2013

Adjusted score: 93

Subway @ Wal-Mart, 845 Broadmeadow Rd.,  Rantoul

Date of last inspection: 2/6/2013

Adjusted score: 95

Sun Singer Wine & Gifts, 1115 W Windsor, Champaign

Date of last inspection: 12/10/2012

Adjusted score: 92

Xinh Xinh Café, 114 N Vine St., Urbana

Date of last inspection: 12/5/2012

Adjusted score: 93

(This restaurant failed its previous inspection)