The Oak Park Department of Public Health and Board of Health just recognized 10 Oak Park establishments for their exceptionally high two-year average inspection scores by awarding them the 2018 Johnson Award.
The award, named after Oak Park’s first lunchroom operated in the 1890s at 124 Lake St, is a great honor as over 89 Oak Park restaurants were eligible.
The 2018 Johnson Award winners are:
- Boss Burrito, 1110 W. Westgate St.
- Penny’s Noodle Shop, 1130 Chicago Ave.
- Sagano Sushi, 731 Lake St.
- Buzz Cafe, 905 Lombard Ave.
- Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 1038 Lake St.
- Jerusalem Cafe, 1030 W. Lake St.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1128 Lake St.
- New Pot Restaurant, 727 Lake St.
- Na Siam Thai Restaurant, 6851 North Ave.
- Happiness Restaurant, 6222 Roosevelt Rd.
Johnson award eligibility is based on a 45-point inspection checklist and averaged over the course of two years. The restaurants mentioned above represent Oak Park restaurant operations with some of the most complex aspects of food service and meal preparation. To win a Johnson award, the operation must exceed the standards mandated by the Illinois State Food Service Sanitation Code at every level of their food handling.
The village of Oak Park Health Department works with all commercial food handlers to make sure they are educated on food safety practices and are able to meet state safety standards. In fact, the Health Department inspects more than 200 establishments each year. Any operation serving food whether it be a senior home, day care center or traditional restaurant faces stringent safety regulations. Establishments are categorized by their complexity and divided into three categories and judged accordingly. The Johnson Award winners are all restaurants that not only exude proper food safety practices but also have a fairly complex food service chain.
Recipients receive a door decal and a recognition certificate from the Health Department.