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According to Fox 28, the Health Department uncovers some serious violations at a Chinese buffet in Columbus. And the Clean Plate Award goes to? A popular chef known for his made-from-scratch pastas.

ABC 6 Investigator Tom Sussi is On Your Side with his weekly Dirty Dining Report.

This week’s recipient of the Dirty Dish Award? Eastland Buffet at 2599 S. Hamilton Road. In its last inspection, the Columbus Public Health Department uncovered seven critical violations.

Like a dirty wiping cloth sitting in a container of raw chicken.

Employees not washing their hands when working with food. The inspector, according to the report, didn’t see a single employee wash their hands during their entire inspection.

Other critical violations? Unsafe temperatures on the cold foods buffet line. And sushi not properly time stamped.

When Sussi dropped by for some answers, a man claiming to be the manager declined to answer Sussi’s questions. The manager even refused to pass along Sussi’s business card to his boss.

The Columbus Public Health Department plans to do a follow up inspection within the next few days.

Now – get your paws off my food! During a recent inspection at J Gumbos, 8651 Sancus Boulevard, an employee was caught handling a sandwich bun with their bare hands.

The recipient of this week’s coveted ABC 6 On Your Side Clean Plate Award? LaTavola at 1664 W. First Avenue in Grandview Heights. Four straight inspections, and not one critical violation.

Owner and Chef Rick Lopez says, “I see it as a trust between the chef and the customers. So striving for perfection in that area is something very important.”

Chef Lopez is well known on the Columbus restaurant scene. His latest offering is La Tavola, which he opened last year. “Good authentic Italian cuisine done the old-school way with local ingredients. That’s what drives the menu,” Lopez said.

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