Restaurant inspections

Editor's Note: A new inspection-scoring system for food facilities went into effect in September after the state of Oregon adopted the 2009 Food and Drug Administration Food Code. Jackson County health inspectors still use the same criteria for evaluating restaurants, focusing on measures that prevent foodborne illness and subtracting points for violations. However, low-priority items — while noted — no longer count against a restaurant's overall score, effectively increasing the likelihood that an establishment can log a perfect score.

Jackson County health inspectors evaluated 114 restaurants in November. All passed their semiannual inspections, and 50 received perfect scores of 100. All scores are published in weekly portions in the Mail Tribune.

The following restaurants received perfect scores of 100:

  • Roller Odyssey, Medford;
  • Roscoe's BBQ Sports Bar, Phoenix;
  • Roxy Ann Cafe, Medford;
  • Rumors Lounge, Medford;
  • Senor Sam's Mexican Grill, Ashland;
  • Shady Cove Food & Friends, Shady Cove;
  • Sizzler Family Steak House, Medford;
  • Skyline Plaza / Rogue Valley Manor, Medford;
  • Starbucks Coffee No. 448, East Main Street, Ashland;
  • Subway, Avery Street, Ashland;
  • Subway Sandwiches, 11264 Highway 62, Eagle Point;
  • Subway Sandwiches No. 20833, North Phoenix Road, Medford;
  • Sugar Pine Co. Cafe, Butte Falls;
  • Table Rock Coffee Co., White City;
  • Tinseltown USA No. 254, Medford;
  • Touvelle Lodge, Central Point;
  • Wamba Juice & Deli, Medford;
  • Whiskey River Cafe & Lounge, Central Point;
  • Yotopia Yogurt, Medford;
  • Zoey's Cafe & All Natural Ice Cream, Ashland.

The following restaurants received passing scores of 70 points or higher:

  • Abby's Legendary Pizza, 835 E. Pine St., Central Point — 97;
  • AFC Sushi, Southern Oregon University, Ashland — 92;
  • Ali's Thai Kitchen, Medford — 97;
  • Animal House Coffee, Medford — 89;
  • Artisan Bakery Cafe, Medford — 97;
  • Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland — 95;
  • Ashland Street Cinemas, Ashland — 97;
  • A'viands, Southern Oregon University library, Ashland — 94.
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Inspectors subtract points for violations of "priority" and "priority foundation" items, which include: foods maintained at improper temperatures, improperly cooled or reheated; not properly protected from contamination, from unapproved origins, unsafe, adulterated or not honestly presented; not date-marked or discarded upon expiration; raw animal foods improperly cooked; presence of rodents or insects; inadequate personal hygiene; failure to clean and sanitize food equipment; lack of an approved water system; toxic chemicals or cleansers not properly stored, used or labeled.

Restaurant scores are posted at and

Inspection files are open to the public at the division of environmental public health, Jackson County Health and Human Services, 1005 E. Main St., Medford.

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