The kitchens of almost fifty food establishments were part of the inspection route this week. And what inspectors found has lead to a hefty edition of Food for Thought.
We start off our segment where many people start their day. Daybreak Coffee at 4210 82nd Street is a Food for Thought Top Performer with zero critical violations.
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Next it's Earthgrains at 1950 Texas Avenue, also receiving zero critical violations.
America's drive-in is our next stop. Sonic at 4904 Indiana hops on top with a perfect score.
The United at 8010 Frankford Avenue is a full house of Top Performers. The coffee shop, deli, grocery, meat and seafood departments at the United all earn perfect scores.
Our first Low Performer is the deli inside United at 401 Slide Road. That's where four critical violations were found. Violations including:
NewsChannel 11 spoke with Mark Keefer, Director of Food Safety for United and he told us United is always committed to providing the highest quality food and that they appreciate the efforts of the health department in ensuring that quality. He said United has a good working relationship with the health department, and that they made all corrections before the inspector left the site, and they always strive to do so. He also said food safety is of the utmost importance to United. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.
Next it's Great Wall at 1625 University with six critical violations.
An employee at Great Wall took my name and number and told me she would have the owner call me regarding the inspection. After several hours I phoned the restaurant again for comment. No one answered the phone.
IHOP at 3911 South Loop 289 is next with six critical violations.
Director of Operations Wilbert Hardwell gave this statement: "All violations were corrected immediately while the city inspector was in the restaurant. International House of Pancakes Strives to produce quality food in a safe and sanitary manner. In our efforts to maintain the highest industry standards, we employ a state licensed health inspector, who also has national credentials and is a Certified Food Safety professional, to make random bi-weekly inspections of our restaurant. This is in addition to the IHOP national and local corporate inspections. We at IHOP are very concerned about the safety of our guests and do apologize for our mistakes." The report shows all violations were corrected on site.
Skillet's at 6622 I-27 had seven critical violations.
The Manager at Skillet's told NewsChannel 11 everything was corrected right then and there. The report also shows everything was corrected on site.