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These 8 Restaurants Have The Most Health Code Violations In L.A. County

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Eight restaurants have the dubious honor of having violated the most health code violations over the past two years. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune looked over files from the health department to come up with this list.

Coming in at No. 1 is Jade BBQ and Seafood Restaurant in Rosemead. The Chinese restaurant had 77 health code violations noted over seven inspections by environmental health specialists working for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The restaurant is noted for improperly thawing its frozen meat and keeping food at unsafe temperatures—one inspection found the buffet’s steam table was turned off, leaving more than 260 pounds of cooked meat sitting between 65 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit for hours. Jade has an average grade of B (81.6 percent), had its permit suspended once last year and its Yelp rating sits at 2.5 stars. One Yelper called the bathroom "atrocious" and advised: "Save your money, this place is dirt cheap but it is not worth eating here."

The rest of the list includes San Gabriel’s Amrose at No. 2 (63 violations, not so many handwashing facilities), Pico Rivera’s Jim’s Burgers at No. 3 (63 violations and the 4549 Rosemead Blvd. location once got a C grade during a routine inspection), El Monte’s Sunny Restaurant at No. 4 (plumbing issues, but still has a 4-star Yelp rating), San Gabriel’s Armando’s Mexican Restaurant at No. 5, Walnut’s Yummy House at No. 6, Studio City’s Charlie’s Pantry at No. 7 and El Monte’s Apple Jack Coffee Shop at No. 8 (the last four all had 58 violations).

The list came from data gathered during routine and owner-initiated inspections from July 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015. The list excludes the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon. You can check out the detailed list here. (But it should be noted that plenty of people feel that a lower health code score is a sign of authenticity when it comes to certain cuisines.)