Beni's Cubano wins Golden Spatula Award

Roaches, gnats and raw meat were three violations reported inside a popular bar and grill. But it's not all bad as I found a delicious Cuban restaurant in downtown Atlanta with a perfect score. 

The Grove in DeKalb County

On Lavista Road in Decatur, a popular neighborhood spot is now in the spotlight after failing a surprise health inspection.

The Grove in DeKalb County scored 58 points and a U for unsatisfactory. The report says an employee handled raw beef and corn chips without washing their hands.

Plus, there was raw beef in direct contact with raw chicken. There was also a live roach and gnats in the restaurant.

When asked if there were pests getting into the food, the manager said, "You know, I have no idea about that, but the owner is not here right now. Of course not, but the owner is not here right now."

We also noticed that management did not have their failing score posted until we called them out on it, and then out of nowhere, a customer came up to our camera to defend his favorite spot.

"Why don't you just pack it up?" asked the customer.

"I'm talking to her," I responded.

"I really don't care who you're talking to. Right now, you're talking to me," said the customer.

"No," I responded.

"So, now we've got a discussion," said the customer.

And he wasn't too concerned about the health score either.

"This is my house," said the customer. 

"Okay, that's fine, but we're here to talk to her and you came up," I responded.

"Pack it up and get the f*** out!" said the customer.

After our visit, The Grove scored 96 points and an A on a re-inspection.

Other scores

  • Casanova Taqueria on Powder Springs Road in Marietta corrected some of their violations and scored 80 points and a B on a re-inspection.

  • La Bonita Mexican Restaurant on Old Dixie Highway in Forest Park scored 92 points.

  • Red Lobster on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth scored 95 points.

Golden Spatula Award 

We went straight to the heart of the city to find a great restaurant at Beni's Cubano on Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta, inside the Peachtree Center.

It's a food court, but we've talked to a lot of people dining here and they say first-hand that the food is so good and authentic, you don't even feel like you're at a food court.

They picked up a perfect 100 points, and for that, congratulations! They're the winner of the Golden Spatula Award.

When you come here, everything -- which is under $15 -- is made-to-order with fresh ingredients. 

They have chicken and cheese empanadas, the mojo grilled chicken, ropa veija and a delicious Cuban sandwich.

Boy, that's good!

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