Restaurant Inspection Grades: How Did Your Favorite Altadena Eatery Fare?

See how local restaurants performed in county health inspections.

Dirty hands. Contaminated surfaces. Are you getting more than you ordered when you eat out in Altadena?

Food facility inspection results for the community, including any violations for which an establishment was cited, can be found online at the Food Facility Rating page at the Los Angeles County Public Health website.

Consumers can search the results for Altadena—as well as any city in Los Angeles County—and view current scores and the last date of inspection. You may also view past letter grades.

Of 63 restaurants or food-serving establishments in Altadena, all passed inspection. 

The only three that received lower than an ‘A’ were Dutch Oven, Oh Happy Days Natural Foods and ARCO am/pm mini market on Lake Avenue.

Some Problems Cited

Dutch Oven

  • Score: 80 (B)
  • Ready to eat food exposed to possible contamination
  • Improperly covered/labeled/elevated food
  • Wiping cloths – not clean/inadequate sanitizer/storage

ARCO am/pm Mini Market

  • Score: 80 (B)
  • Holding of PHF (Potentially Hazardous Foods) – multiple servings (major)
  • Clean/Sanitizing – food contact surfaces (major)

Oh Happy Day’s Natural Foods

  • Score: 85 (B)
  • Clean/sanitizing – food contact surfaces (major)
  • Ready to eat food – exposed to possible contamination

For more information on how food facilities are scored and graded, read the Retail Food Inspection Guide attached to this story in the media box.

Do these grades affect whether or not you will go to certain businesses? Share your thoughts below. 

Dickinson February 07, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Apparently Altadena Patch only reports on the 91001 zip code. There is, in fact, a part of Altadena with the 91104 zip code and there are establishments in that area that did not get an A rating. Sure would be nice if Patch realized that the world is not 91001-centric.
Jessica Hamlin February 07, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Which establishments would those be, Dickinson? When I looked up "Altadena" on the County Public Health website those 63 businesses came up and when I just input 91104, 10 businesses come up, 8 of which are listed in Pasadena. The two Altadena businesses listed--Altadena Beverage and Armen Market--received an 'A.' http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/eh/rating/ratesearchaction.cfm
Dickinson February 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
91104 south of NY Drive, from Altadena Drive to Lake and, for the most part, north of Washington is Altadena ...it just has a pasadena address. But there is House of Cookies which was not above a 90. By the way, Armen's got a 90 which is only one point above a B and House of Basturma only got a 91 so to me that is a bit concerning. Thanks for checking though!
SteveB February 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Looks like it was Egg Roll Express that got the 91, not House of Basturma - which had two entries at 96 and 95. btw, that link didn't work for me - I had to go to: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/rating/
SteveB February 07, 2013 at 10:02 PM
p.s., if you enter 91001, a lot of the businesses have 90's or 91's.


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