If you're planning to dine out in Los Angeles during the upcoming holiday season, you might want to take a look at the most recent Los Angeles County Environmental Health Inspection results. While most restaurants in Los Angeles were given a 90 or more on a scale of 0 to 100, a few restaurants in the area were given terrifyingly low scores - for even more terrifying infractions. Here are some of the restaurants in Los Angeles with the lowest scores.
Garage Kitchen in the Monterey Park area scored a C with a numerical rating of 70.0 because of what was documented as a "major" infraction of the state's requirement (11 points) because of "rodents, insects, and other animals."
The Ceviche Stop in Culver City scored a numerical rating of 81.0 because of a total of 11 violations including unclean utensils and thawed fish that was not used in the proper amount of time. While this score of 81 is higher than 70, it is a ceviche restaurant. Enough said.
Another establishment serving raw fish that scored an 80 is Toku Unagi and Sushi in West Hollywood. This popular restaurant, amongst its total of 11 violations was cited for "heavy black mold and slime accumulation" in the ice maker.
Pupuseria Mi Salvador in Covina scored a 75 and a C rating because of more than 20 fresh rodent droppings found near the cooler and cash register and 50 (yes, 50) fresh rodent droppings near the back door of the establishment on the patio.
And finally, Sunny Express in the El Monte area wasn't so sunny when they received an inspection rating of 75 and scored a C because of flies, cockroaches, and mice found on the premises.
If any of this makes you not that hungry, you're not alone. Less than ten percent of Los Angeles restaurants scored below a 90, but those who did have some pretty hefty violations with which to contend.
Before heading out to dine in the Los Angeles area (or in any other area), try checking out the website for the public health department for your county. Most information is shared openly with the public and you might be surprised which restaurants have significant violations. It takes just a few minutes of searching to steer clear of food borne illnesses due to unsanitary equipment, food that is not stored properly, and yes, flies, rodents, and cockroaches.