Gwinnett restaurant gets 35 on health inspection

By: Carol Sbarge


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -  A Gwinnett County restaurant that had a very low inspection score in May has failed again.

One of the violations at Best BBQ on Pleasant Hill Road was a wet mop head stored hanging over raw duck. The management then threw away the duck and moved the mop head. That was just one of two dozen violations that led to an inspection score of 35 on Dec. 5.

Best BBQ is a Chinese restaurant at a food court in an Asian market in Duluth. Several customers told Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge that they like the food there.

Gwinnett County’s health department suspended Best BBQ’s permit until they had a compliance meeting recently. That suspension was because nine violations were considered critical.


Some violations included: food items, including raw ducks, not held cold enough; bowls stored as clean with raw animal blood on them; and the person in charge not using soap while washing hands. That was also a violation when Best BBQ got a score of 25 in May.

The manager at the time told Sbarge that he would retrain and remind employees to wash hands. The restaurant got a passing score on another inspection and then got an 83 in August, but now it is down to a 35.

Sbarge tried to talk to a manager and was told that he would call, but so far, he hasn’t. Channel 2 Action News also reached out to the county health department to find out how a restaurant with a 25 and a 35 in seven months could still be operating. We are still working to get an answer. 

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