App puts restaurant health reports at your fingertips

But now with the "What the Health" app, you can instantly see how your favorite restaurant is measuring up.

NEW ORLEANS -- Dirty dining -- it doesn't quite work up an appetite in a city that loves to eat.

But now with the "What the Health" app, you can instantly see how your favorite restaurant is measuring up.

"It's a location-based app and it brings up the first 100 restaurants around you based on your GPS location," said Chris Peoples.

Peoples and Jake Van Dyke decided to create the app when they realized just how hard the health department's food inspection reports were to find, let alone read.

And to make it user-friendly, they developed their own scoring system that assigns restaurants a letter grade, something the state does not do.

"We want to make it clear that the scores aren't from your government," Van Dyke said. "But people do want the score there, because it's just easier to understand the information."

So, for example, if you're looking to eat at Port of Call, all you have to do is pull it up on your app. There you will find the rating, and if you click on it you can find out exactly what violations the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals found.

"I think it's a fair app," said Mary Horn, who manages the Marigny eatery Horn's. "It's all there. It's public information. It's nothing anyone should be afraid of."

Horn said every restaurant is going to have violations.

"There is always something to check, there is always room for improvement," she said. "I think that's what the health inspector's job is, to make sure everybody is on their game."

Kappa Horn said, "If a health inspector was to come to your house while you were cooking, how many violations do you think you'd have?"

And most of those violations are minor and easily corrected.

"If someone forgets to put their hair up or put their bleach water by their station, those things you will get violations for," Mary Horn said.

But this app lets you decided for yourself just how small or how big a violation is.

You can download the app through the store on your phone's operating system. Just search for


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