Food for Thought 10.13 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought 10.13

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Health inspectors grilled around 30 restaurants this week, we have 5 top performers and two lows. It might surprise you to see Las Brisas at the bottom of our list, they've gotten perfect scores in the past but didn't quite cut it this week.

"We take these very seriously, it's very important to ensure safety to the customers and employees" Jimmy Rogers, General Manager of Las Brisas says. Rogers says they found it harder to keep clean this past week because of the Texas Tech- A&M game crowd.

They served up 7 critical violations. Employees were not washing their hands when putting on new gloves. Un-lidded drinks were in a cooler, Rogers weighs in saying: "we've just made a policy where employees can't have drinks in the kitchen." A box of bottled beer was under raw meats and eggs, they have been moved since. Cooked rice and ham were missing date marks, Rogers says he's informed employees to date mark products before moving them into the cooler. Numerous fruit flies were in the beverage station, Rogers says that has been fixed: "we did give that area a big scrub down and we utilized fruit fly traps. We haven't seen any since." Two spray bottles were not labeled, and have since been labeled. Their last violation: there was a cracked ice scoop on the ice machine, it has been thrown out and replaced. The report shows most of the violation were corrected. "We've gone over some issues with all of our staff and we'll be a top performer next inspection!" Rogers says.

Our second low performer is Hooters at 4950 S Loop 289 who had 11 critical violations. Tomatoes were not 41 degrees or below. French fries were not 135 degrees. Employees did not show proper hand washing knowledge. Un-lidded drinks were by a hand sink. Steaks in a cooler were date marked for last Tuesday (10/3). A dirty knife was on top of lemons. A pot of chili was expired. Hand sinks were not easily accessible. Sanitizer in a bucket was too strong. The dishwasher was not sanitizing properly. Food contact surfaces were dirty. The report shows most violations have been corrected.

This week's top performers are: The Blue Money at 2407 9th street, The Choc'late Mousse at 3207 50th Street, Daylight Donuts at 2859 34th Street, Orlando's at 2402 Avenue Q, and finally Tommy's Drive In at 117 University.


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