Food for Thought Report 10.30 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/30/03

Food for Thought Report 10.30

Almost 40 kitchens were on the itinerary for city health inspectors. And if all that trick or treating leaves you hungry this weekend, you might want to dine at one of the places in this week's Food for Thought Report.

Brand new with plenty of cold treats and just a stone's throw away from the Texas Tech campus Stone Cold Creamery at 2412 Broadway plays it cool with a perfect score, making them a Food for Thought Top Performer for the very first time.

Food for Thought 10.30
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 10/30/03.
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Amanda McCann says she and her husband Trent have brought some good, clean, and tasty fun to this part of town, and it all starts with a well trained staff. "Really it's just the fact that we never even gave the employees a chance to start bad habits. We got them from the very beginning and taught them exactly what needed to be done the right way."

McCann says aside from some great tasting ice cream, pies and cakes, you might even catch some behind the counter performances when you come in. Employees can often be found singing while they're scooping and they encourage everyone to join in, it's one of the things that sets stone cold creamery apart. "You get some great ice cream but you also get great service and that's something that's much more than people really expect now a days," says McCann.

Keeping that sweet tooth happy continues at Mrs. Field's inside the South Plains Mall at 6002 Slide Road. They bake up a perfect score with zero critical violations.

If all that sugar gets you tied up in knots, reach for a salty twist from Pretzel Bender, also inside the mall. They tie up another perfect score making them a Food for Thought Top Performer.

Finally, United at 8201 Quaker gets a double dose of Food for Thought perfection. The fish and meat departments both get zero critical violations.

There are two Low Performers this week, beginning with Carino's at 6821 Slide Road with three critical violations.

  • Meatballs were found inside a walk in cooler at 125 degrees after one hour.
  • Chicken breast was in the cold hold at 67 degrees.
  • Spaghetti was found in the hot hold at 85 degrees.

The manager at Carino's told me everything has been corrected, and that Carino's does their best to serve a quality product and to make sure Lubbock gets a health product. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Don Pablo's at 4625 50th Street is next with five critical violations.

  • Raw beef was being held at 65 degrees.
  • A beer bottle was found in the hand washing sink inside the bar area.
  • Ready to eat, potentially hazardous food items--specifically cooked vegetables-- were not properly date marked.
  • The hand washing sink near the dish washer was out of paper towels.
  • The tip of a can opener was soiled.

The manager at Don Pablo's told me that everything has been taken care of and all violations were corrected on site.

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