Like watching “An Inconvenient Truth” or “Food Inc.”, I really don’t want to look at Dallas restaurant inspection scores. I’m afraid that — while I know I’ll learn something valuable — it will be disturbing. Recently, though, I came across this site that, among other things, lists poor and failing restaurants in one neat list. It’s updated monthly and I can’t resist visiting it regularly. As feared, a few places in our neighborhood have recently made the ick list: Chili’s Casa Linda scored a 73, which is passing, but is pretty low and requires a follow-up inspection; White Rock Sports Bar on Buckner scored a 70, which is one point above failing; and Simply Fondue on Greenville scored a 60, which so bad that it is only one point away from immediate closure. Sol’s Nieto, a place I visit often, recently scored a 76, which isn’t that bad, but considering that they failed just months before, you’d think they would try just a little harder.

The city’s web site allows you to search for restaurant scores by zip code.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.