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Is This the Most Disgusting Restaurant in America?

Georgia restaurant voluntarily closes after revolting health inspection.

Best Wings: Patch File Photo
Best Wings: Patch File Photo

By Scott Bernarde

Hold the mayo. And everything else. Please.

A Georgia restaurant has set the standard for disgusting dining on its latest health inspection, with a stomach-churning rating of just 35 out of a possible 100.

Best Wings, on Cruse Road in Lawrenceville, Georgia, voluntarily closed after the damning report, which cited the restaurant management for a wide range of nauseating violations, including:

  • storing fully cooked gyro meat and turkey alongside raw chicken and beef
  • making taziki sauce out of expired sour cream
  • storing chicken, steak and cheese above safe temperatures
  • using utensils that were “unclean with film and debris”
  • storing 3 day-old  lo mein with no time stamp
  • keeping containers of unlabeled chemicals on the premises

Inspectors also cited the restaurant managers for coughing into their hands then handling food containers, licking gloves in order to provide a sticky surface to help separate plastic bags, and serving expired Mr. Pibb syrup.

According to the April 23rd report from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the toilet in Best Wings’ women’s bathroom didn’t work, and the restaurant appeared to allow smoking, in violation of clean air laws. The report also noted the restaurant used food coloring and MSG in its recipes.

No one answered calls for comment at Best Wings.

This isn’t Best Wings first run-in with health inspectors.

In 2013, the restaurant – which serves a variety of chicken wing dishes, as well as fries and Philly cheese steaks – received a 39 out of 100 on its inspection. The restaurant was allowed to remain in business by addressing concerns of inspectors. 

The restaurant’s problems have not gone unnoticed by online reviewers. In 2013, one Google reviewer asked “Why is this restaurant still in business?” But online at least, Best Wings customers are generally more favorable to the restaurant than health inspectors, giving the restaurant an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars.

“Great service delicious lemon pepper wings,” a poster named Mario Contreras, wrote. “My cousin and I always go to that place.”

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knee jerk April 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM
It didn't sound all that bad until they got to that "expired Mr Pibb" part.
Steve May 01, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Unfortunately, Mario and his cousin were found dead a short time after this interview, chicken wings tightly gripped in their hands...
Maria Deluca May 02, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Do they deliver to Johnston?
guyonearth May 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM
I have delivered food to restaurants for years. I see them from the side the public does not, and some of them are disgusting. Chinese/Asian places are some of the worst, filthy kitchens, dirty-looking people preparing food with no gloves, flies on everything, food sitting all over with no refrigeration, people smoking in the kitchen, you name it. There was one restaurant years ago that I really liked, delicious food. Then I found out they caught the owner digging meat out of a dumpster behind a big box grocery store to save money. So much for that place. I won't eat at any hole-in-the-wall joint anymore, I think you're taking your life in your hands at some of these places.
knee jerk May 23, 2014 at 07:59 AM
I guess that's why they have names like "Foo Luk", you have to be lucky to avoid the salmonella.

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