Georgia has rules it requires every food service operation to follow. These are just a few of the many health and safety regulations. Food service operations without a permit are illegal. Employees must know how to prevent foodborne illness and the symptoms of those illnesses. Food must be kept at the correct temperatures to prevent pathogens from growing. Employees must meet standards of cleanliness while working around food. If health laws are not met, the food service's permit may be suspended.

Popular Dunwoody Mexican spot revisited after bad check; flies found

Update: El Azteca has passed a re-inspection, though some issues were found, including flies. The restaurant received a 72 score. A 70 is needed to pass. Read the new report: here.


A popular Dunwoody Mexican restaurant failed its recent health inspection with a variety of issues, including a “slime substance” on soda gun nozzles and raw beef stored in “Thank You” bags.

El Azteca, 1412 Dunwoody Village Parkway, received a 52 last Wednesday, according to the inspector’s report.

Manager Darren Benda said Thursday the failure was an “aberration.”

“All issues, in my eyes, have been eliminated,” he said. “We’ve retrained just about everyone on the staff.” 

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The report notes that some foods weren’t stored at the correct temperatures; insect killer stored next to napkins and straws; and “old food residue” on some food prep surfaces.

Restaurants that fail are typically rechecked within 10 business days.

El Azteca

1412 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody

Score: 52

Report: here.

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