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Food for Thought Report 12.11

Every week city health inspectors carefully go through city and county kitchens to make sure health and safety standards are followed. Checking out more than 50 restaurants and food establishments this time made for a busy week. Let's begin with the eight schools in our report this time.

Food for Thought 12.11
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 12/11/03.
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We begin at Alderson Academy at 219 Walnut. They receive a perfect score making them a Food for Thought Top Performer.

Next it's Harwell Elementary at 4101 Avenue D, they also bring in a perfect score.

Hodges Elementary at 5001 Avenue P is next on our list with zero critical violations.

Iles Elementary at 2401 Date is squeaky clean with zero critical violations.

Dunbar Junior High at 2010 East 26th St. gets one critical violation. Mouse droppings were found in a storage area.

Estacado High School at 1504 East Itasca also receives one critical violation. Mouse droppings were found in the storage area there.

Parkway Elementary at 405 Zenith is next with the same critical violation. Mouse droppings were found in the storage area.

Over at Wheatley Elementary at 1802 28th St., there was also one critical violation. A roach was found in the kitchen area. The school district told me they are under contract with an outside extermination business to handle pest and rodent situations, the violations have been corrected.

Now onto this week's restaurant scene, beginning with our featured Top Performer. "It's custard because it's got an egg base to it and the way that it's prepared it's got much less air whipped into it so that makes it more dense," says Sheridan's Owner Robert Fletcher.

The place to find it is in the thick of a perfect score this week. Sheridan's Frozen Custard at 5101 82nd St. gets zero critical violations. Owner Robert Fletcher says he and his wife Kandy made getting off to a good start a top priority. "We started before we opened and contacted the health department and asked them to come and give us instructions so we could instruct our employees," says Fletcher.

Because the kitchen is wide open for customer to see, that's another reason cleanliness and safety are included in every order. "We strive to make the very best dessert experience for our customers' through using the best ingredients, superior service and a clean inviting environment."

The only Low Performer this time is Old Texas Bar B Q at 8802 East Highway 84 with four critical violations.

  • Potentially hazardous foods must meet temperature requirements during display and storage--the internal temperature of cooked meat was found at 100 degrees. Hot foods must be 140 degrees or warmer.
  • Hot water was not available in the hand sink and the two compartment sinks.
  • Potentially hazardous ready to eat foods were not dated.
  • A cutting board was soiled.

The owner told me he does his best to get everything right and that everything has been taken care of. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

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