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12/19/02

Food for Thought Report 12.19

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This week inspectors visited the kitchens of some 50 local and county food establishments, and part of their list took them back to school. Let's head to the cafeteria and find out what's cooking in this edition of Food for Thought.

We start at Cooper High School, where one critical violation was found. A spatula needed to be replaced. The report shows that violation was corrected on site. Cooper Elementary School is where one critical violations was found. The internal temperature of food items in one of the reach in cooling units was 52 degrees. Potentially hazardous cold foods must be kept at a minimum of 45 degrees. The report shows the violation was corrected on site.

Now on to those top performing restaurants. This week's list has a little of everything, from burgers to barbecue to the stuff on your grocery list. Bada Bing! or Bingo's, Tom and Bingo's that is at 3006 34th Street is our featured top performer with zero critical violations, and these guys have been at the top five times before. In business since 1952, owner Dwayne Clanton says the recipe for success doesn't include a lot of fuss. "We kind of keep it simple, we do sandwiches and sandwiches only. Myself, my wife and my nephew, we don't get in each other's way and we know what our job is."

Good plan, since most days the line stretches out the door here. But Clanton says they've got the system down pat. "Well we just have a routine we go through every morning when we come in, make sure our food temperatures are right, check everything--just go, get after it, come in and get to work."

Next it's Angela's Cafe at 2701 26th Street. Inspectors found zero critical violations, making Angela's a top performer. Hillcrest Golf and Country Club at 4011 North Boston hits a hole in one this time, also with a perfect score. Tastee burgers at 2434 Clovis Road is next on the list, with zero critical violations. Finally, United Supermarket at 8010 Frankford rounds out the list of Top Performers with zero critical violations.

Now on to this week's only low performer. Flame N Pepper at 620 B 19th St. gets five critical violations.

  • An open drink belonging to an employee was found in the prep area near the microwave.
  • The handle of an ice scoop was found in the ice supply.
  • There were no paper towels at the hand sink in the bar area.
  • A small refrigerator in the back prep area did not have a thermometer.
  • A cutting board was found with deep scoring and was also soiled.

Other violations included floors in the kitchen in need of resealing, a light missing shielding end caps, a soiled vent hood, a soiled ceiling in the back prep area and floors in the bar area in need of resealing.

The Manager at Flame N Pepper told us the violations were just oversights and everything has been taken care of and that their food is safe. The report shows all critical violations were corrected on site.

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