GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Health Department is wrapping up inspections on all your favorite restaurants.
In January, some will receive Blue Ribbon awards, and others won't because of health code violations.
Lois McGary owns a quaint diner in downtown Grand Junction and she says making sure Lois' Place gets the Health Department's approval is one of her top priorities, "That's important to me. It says that you are striving to keep it clean and sanitary for your customers."
McGary says she received the Blue Ribbon award the first year it was given out and she continues to try for it, "We strive every year. We don't always make it but we do strive to get the Blue Ribbon.'
Darleen McKissen, a Mesa County Health Environment Specialist, says Lois' is one of the top Blue Ribbon winners over all, and joining her at the top are Dos Hombres in Clifton and Taco Johns on North 12th. "Basically it says these restaurants did an exceptional job during the past year to not have any critical violations," she says.
And just getting one critical on either of the biannally inspections means no Blue Ribbon. McKissen says they mailed out 680 license renewals and only gave out 27 blue ribbons, "Does that tell you how hard it is?"
More than likely you'll eat at restaurants that didn't receive the award, and just because they had a violation doesn't mean you should avoid it.
McKissen says if a restaurant fixed a problem like an unmarked container it should be OK but, "If it said numerous roaches found, of course, I wouldn't eat there."
Click the link below to view the restaurant inspection results.