It's a jam packed Food for Thought this time, with four tops and three lows to tell you about. Inspectors had almost 40 local and county kitchens on the agenda this week.
Let's start with the perfect scoring places in this extra large edition of Food for Thought. If burgers are your thing, then head to Carl's Junior at 2415 19th St. That's where zero critical violations were found, making them a food for thought top performer. Next on the list of perfection, Chicken Express at 2308 82nd. They also had no critical violations.City Grill at 4609 Avenue A is the next top performer on this week's list. And last but not least, La Quinta Inn at 4115 Brownfield Highway gets a perfect score.
Now on to this week's low performers, beginning at New Deal Restaurant at 101 East Main. They had 4 critical violations including an unlabeled bulk food container with flour inside. Dented cans were found inside the food shelves in the back room. Potentially hazardous ready to eat foods were not properly dated, and toxic item containers were not all properly labeled. The manager at the New Deal Restaurant told me the inspector showed the staff what needed to be done and they took care of the violations quickly. The report shows all critical violations were corrected on site.
Whataburger at 8226 University is our next low performer with 4 critical violations including inadequate hand washing. An employee did not wash hands after handling raw product, sanitizer rags and ready to eat product. Unsound food products were found in a cooler -- bell peppers were found to be spoiled in a walk-in, the peppers had mold and showed severe aging. An employee did not properly handle ready to eat food products -- the employee was observed not using hand sanitizer or utensils to handle ready to eat foods. And toxic items were not properly stored. A spray bottle was found on a cutting board that also had biscuits on it. Other violations included evidence of employees smoking in the back room and inadequate lighting in a cooler. The manager at Whataburger told us all violations were corrected on site. The report shows that as well.
Our last low performer this week is Arby's at 2422 19th St. They had 5 critical violations including employees handling sandwich buns without using sanitizer or washing their hands. An employee was observed handling ready to eat food without the use of gloves, tongs, single serve sheets, or other items used to prevent bad hand contact. A hand sink was being used as a dump sink. Hand sinks should be used for hand washing only. Thermometers were missing from read in refrigerators and thermometers were found to be inaccurate. A soda fountain nozzle had evidence of slime mold on it. Other violations included an ice scoop handle in the ice supply. The manager at Arby's told us all violations have been corrected.