by Doug Powell
Maricopa County Environmental Services has just rolled out a new mobile restaurant ratings tool that can be accessed from any smartphone.
Division manager Andrew Linton said the restaurant tool allows anyone, anywhere to look up specific restaurant inspection reports for any of the 22,000 food service establishments across the Maricopa County.
“If you are out on the go and decide to eat at a restaurant that you are not familiar with, you see how they do on their inspections,” said Linton. “This is a really easy way to get an idea of how they are doing.”
The restaurant ratings tool is different from your basic phone app, said Linton.
To access it, all users have to do is go to the county’s website at http://www.maricopa.gov.
Users can then do a search of a specific restaurant or look up all restaurants within a one-mile radius of their location.
Users will see a map that they can then use to look up an individual restaurant, and see its latest health inspection report.
According to Linton, another benefit of the restaurant ratings tool is that if diners have a bad experience going out to eat, they can file a complaint right from their smart phone.
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