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Food For Thought: 10.31


Double Nickel owner Lisa West says they're in a position they've never experienced before.

"We've never been a low performer before; we take this very seriously," West said.

So Lisa invited our cameras inside their kitchen at 5405 Slide Road.

"We want to take you through the steps so you can clearly see no one was ever put in harm's way."

Here's a look at their violations:

  • Boiled eggs were above 41 degrees.
  • Cooked potatoes were not at least 135 degrees.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • Several ready to eat foods in a cooler did not have a date mark.
  • "This particular cooler is dumped every 48 hours. So if it's prepped on Monday - it's thrown out Tuesday night. The guys know that; they didn't date mark it properly, but no one was ever in any harm's way. We go through the product so quickly that it rotates out. "
  • Two cans were dented.
  • An employee cut mushrooms and raw chicken on the same cutting board.
  • "Those mushrooms were actually an ingredient in that chicken breast. They were in the process of preparing a stuffed chicken breast. So those mushrooms are being sliced and stuffed and rolled into that chicken breast."
  • Lisa says they would never slice mushrooms being used for other dishes or to be sautéed on the same board.
  • A chemical spray was not labeled. The dish washer was sanitizing at toxic levels.
  • Food utensils and containers were broken.

The inspector notes, that due to the number and the nature of the violations management did not demonstrate proper food safety knowledge.

"We want to maintain the confidence of the public has in us and make sure they understand how clean of a kitchen we really do keep on a daily basis"

The report shows all violations were quickly corrected.

"I dine here regularly with my family. I dine here at least five nights a week and clearly I wouldn't do that If it wasn't one of the cleanest kitchens in town."

Linda's Café at 6201 W. 19th had seven critical violations.

  • Beef and pork were above the safe cold temperature.
  • Stewed beef was not at least 135 degrees.
  • Raw fish was in a hand sink.
  • Raw meats were stored above vegetables.
  • Several ready to eat foods did not have an expiration date.
  • There was no soap at a hand sink.
  • Dirty dishes were mixed in with clean ones.
  • According to the report, all violations were corrected while the inspector was there.
  • Cattle Baron Restaurant at 8201 Quaker was also cited with seven critical violations.
  • Gravy was not cooling properly; that can allow for the growth of bacteria.
  • Cooked chicken was not at the proper hot temperature.
  • An employee rinsed their gloved-hands and then wiped them on their apron before returning to food prep.
  • Two cans were sharply dented.
  • A sanitizer solution was at a toxic level.
  • The dish washer was not sanitizing.
  • A broken container was used for food prep, and another container had duct tape on it.

Management tells us all violations were immediately corrected. The report shows that as well.

Now to this week's good news; we have two top performers:

  • Taco Bell at 2408 82nd
  • Parker's Place at 12002 Trafalgar

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