For the second year in a row, Hesperia's cleanest restaurant is a pizza place.
Domino's Pizza received an A rating, with a score of 99, from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Last year, the cleanest restaurant in the city was the Red Baron's Pizza on Main Street, with a perfect score of 100.
Since 2005, the county's Division of Environmental Health has been grading food establishments with a letter rating system. In addition to rated businesses displaying their grades publicly, as required, the Division of Environmental Health has all ratings available on its Web site for public viewing.
And ever since the restaurants were graded and their letter scores publicly displayed, the city's restaurants have gotten ever cleaner.
This year, 189, or 94 percent, of the city's 201 restaurants and other businesses that sell food, including grocery and convenience stores, got an A rating. In 2005, only 58 percent of the city's 148 restaurants and establishments that sell food got an A.
Domino's got beat out by one establishment: Albertson's grocery store is the only business in Hesperia to have a perfect score of 100 as April 1.
This year, 11 percent of businesses got a B rating, including the 7-Eleven on 14519 Main Street, Dos Hermanas Mexican Restaurant, Golden Star Buffet, Hesperia Quality Meats, Jenny's Country Cookin', Junny's Mini Market, Ko's Buffet, Los Domingos Restaurant, Rock and Roll Taco, Sunrise Donuts and TNT's Café.
China Palace Restaurant, in the Cardenas shopping center on Main Street, got the city's lone C rating, with a score of 73.
Note that the restaurant ratings above are a snapshot of the department of health's official listings as of Wednesday afternoon on April 1, and are subject to change.
For more information and details, visit the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health's Web site at http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/dehs/
Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.