The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the side he’ll have a straightforward virgin Bloody Mary, an iced tea, or a Diet Coke. Said to be first luxury burger in the country when it was first served in the 1940s, the “21” Burger is made with a mix of three prime cuts, including short rib. The burger comes with pickles, tomato, grilled onions, and the special “21” sauce and is offered with a choice of cheeses, including cheddar and blue cheese.It had me recalling a post I did not long after President Obama first took office when he ordered a medium hamburger at Ray’s Hell Burger, a restaurant with a less than stellar inspection record. Setting aside the fact that President Trump’s choice in doneness may well be the only thing that I agree with him on — and that I disagreed on with President Obama — it does appear that President Trump’s dinning choice appears to have a bit better inspection record. As of Jan. 28, 21 Club‘s inspection garnered 12 points but received and A Grade. One inspection in 2016 scored 13 points, and two inspections 1n 2015 scored 6 and 11. In 2014 the restaurant’s scores were 12, 17, and 30. According to the New York City Department of Health, a restaurant’s score depends on how well it follows city and state food safety requirements. Inspectors check for food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene, facility and equipment maintenance and vermin control. Each violation earns a certain number of points. At the end of the inspection, the inspector totals the points and the number is the restaurant’s inspection score; the lower the score, the better. The points assigned for any particular violation depend on the health risk it poses to the public. Violations fall into three categories:
- Public health hazards, such as failing to keep food at the right temperature, triggers a minimum of 7 points. If the violation can’t be corrected before the inspection ends, the Health Department may close the restaurant until it’s fixed.
- Critical violations, which include serving raw food such as a salad without properly washing it first, carries a minimum of 5 points.
- General violations, such as not properly sanitizing cooking utensils, receive at least 2 points.