We've all heard of Japanese samurai warriors... right? Well, to be a samurai meant being extremely disciplined. But what does that have to do with Food for Thought? Maybe it's a stretch, but Lubbock's new, samurai inspired, Asian fast food restaurant used a disciplined cleanliness routine to come out on top this week. Samurai Sam's at 5903 82nd Street is our only Food for Thought top performing restaurant.
When it comes to cleanliness, the new Lubbock establishment is as sharp as a samurai's sword, but how do they do keep their edge? Emily Higginbotham, Samurai Sam's Manager, says, "We have a lot of different things we do. We keep our sanitation good. We use different sanitization buckets.. different color cutting boards and knives with different meats.. different tongs for uncooked meats and our cooked meats. Everything is fresh, separated and labeled."
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 5/20/04.
Samurai Sam's just opened its doors last Friday. It's a quick stop for tasty teriyaki grilled chicken, beef and veggies. They also serve up smoothies.
Our only low performer this week is Jumbo Joe's at 7905 University. Jumbo Joe's had five critical violations at the time of their last inspection, plus seven other violations.
Cheese, eggs and sausage held above the required cold temperature of 45 degrees earned Joe's their first critical violation.
Mashed potatoes and fried potatoes were found held below the required hot temperature of 140 degrees.
The restaurant's datemarking system was found to be inaccurate for parishable foods.
Handwashing facilities were not accessible and thermometers were not properly calibrated.
Other violations include, walls that were heavily soilded in areas and utensils that weren't properly cleaned. The owner of Jumbo Joe's declined to comment on camera, but all critical violations were corrected on site.