A metro Atlanta restaurant is in some hot water after failing a health inspection with a score in the 20’s. It’s one of the lowest scores ever on our Restaurant Report Card.

On Chamblee Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County, there’s nothing noble about how the Royal China Restaurant fared on its last surprise health inspection.

The Chamblee restaurant scored only 23 points and a U for unsatisfactory.

The report said an employee wiped a bowl with his bare hands before attempting to put soup in it to serve to a customer. Plus, an employee’s baseball hat was stored on top of plates that were used to serve customers. The inspector also spotted flies and roaches in the kitchen.

“We’ve actually taken care of the roach problem every month,” said an employee. “This is a monthly schedule…but I think every restaurant has this kind of problem.”

During our visit, we noticed employees eating bowls of soup in the kitchen with the screen door wide open.

Royal China received 71 points and a C on a re-inspection, but still had a pest problem with roaches on the tea strainer.

Other scores

Here are some restaurants who received good scores: Moe's on Peachtree Corners Circle in Gwinnett County scored at 92. Fellini’s Pizza on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta scored at 95. Waffle House on Highway 85 in Riverdale scored a 99.

Golden Spatula Award

In honor of Independence Day, I found a place I know you’re going to love -- Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs on Church Street in Marietta.

This place is so cool. They’ve been here for 16 years and not a lot has changed through the years. You have all types of people that come to this restaurant. Some are young, some are young at heart, and when you come in, one thing is certain -- you know you’re going to get one of their red dogs, but it’s actually the chili sauce that makes them spicy.

Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs received a perfect 100 on their health inspection, and for that, congratulations! They are the winner of the Golden Spatula Award.

When you come in, the food is so hot and ready, and the dogs are so delicious, including for 4-year-old Alice, who didn't even need a bun to enjoy it. You have the chili cheese dog, slaw dog, and hamburger. You can also get the onion rings and fries, and so much more.

It is fantastic stuff.

I tried the slaw dog, and boy that’s good!!

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