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The Scarlet Letter: What are Restaurant Grades Worth?




A restaurant in San Gabriel with the dreaded
A restaurant in San Gabriel with the dreaded "C"
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If you’ve eaten in an LA County restaurant this century, you’ve seen them: the letter grades handed out by the public health department. They seem to be popular, and have just been adopted in New York City. But Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson wanted to know, how did they get there … and more importantly, do they really keep diners safe?