Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A "C" may signal that it's safe to eat there. Here's why.

We 'C' no evil at Alwatan
 LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Lamb gyros at Alwatan. LEO photo by Frankie Steele.
I've been eager to get back to Alwatan ever since I heard that this lovable little Eastern Mediterranean eatery had outgrown the small space it shared with its sibling Palestinian bakery and moved into larger quarters next door. We wheeled in and grabbed the last parking spot.

Suddenly, a scream shattered the wintry silence.

"GAAAAH!" Mary was staring at the door. No, she was staring at a placard on the door. "GAAAAH!," she repeated, pointing at a large, scarlet letter. "THEY GOT A 'C'!"

D'oh! Yet, while this may surprise some of you, we went right in, enjoyed a fine Mediterranean meal and survived to tell the tale.

Was this brave or foolish? Neither, really. If we consider the realities of the Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Food Hygiene Program, a "C" on the door may indicate that diners can eat there with confidence.

How's that again? Simply enough, assuming the failing grade is based on a "critical violation" found in a recent inspection, the inspector will be coming back for a re-check within 10 days. You can bet the proprietor is going to be ready.

Still, the red-letter score is enough to scare many of us.

Read my full review on LouisvilleHotBytes, or click to it in this week's LEO Weekly.