For the third week in a row, we've got a slew of low performers and critical violations, but first, two local restaurants are enjoying the view from the top.
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A perfect score on their last inspection is the cherry on top for our first top performer this week. Call the jeweler, Sonic at 1609 Martin Luther King Boulevard made another gem. Not only do Lubbock health inspectors keep Sonic employees on their toes, a third party company inspects them twice a year as well. Manager, Nathan Nale says, "I attribute it to my team. I've got good assistant managers and a good crew. It's just constant training... day to day, in and out, everyday."
Our only other honoree is famous for their tamales, but this week they're famous for being a Top Performer! Pedro's Tamales at 8207 Highway 87 had a perfect inspection last week thanks to some stringent cleaning policies and dedicated employees. General Manager, Daniel Parraz says, "We have wonderful employees. They're really clean and really proud."
Employees at Pedro's have been working six days a week to crank out 7,000 dozen tamales a day! They have clients across the nation. A handfull might sound familiar: members of Brooks & Dunn, George Bush Sr., and Nolan Ryan (who they send a few extra tamales to even though he didn't play for the Sox!) Parraz says, "I'm a huge Boston Red Sox fan and they're gonna come back and take the next three games!"
It's another full plate of low performers this week. The 66th Street Diner at 2323 66th is our first low performer this week. Their four critical violations were as follows:
Every critical violation was corrected on site. A manager tells NewsChannel 11 they had new staff members in the kitchen the day of the inspection and they have since trained those employees on proper procedures.
O'Hana Japanese Steakhouse is also a low performer this week. They're located at 6909 Indiana Avenue. Violations included:
All critical violations were corrected on site. The owner and the manager of O'Hana's say their kitchen and food are clean, they just have an old building that needs some repairs and re-arranging. They look forward to a better inspection next time.
Our next low performer is the Ranch House Restaurant at 1520 Buddy Holly Avenue. The Ranch House had five critical violations. They were:
All the critical violations were corrected on site a manager declined to comment further.
The Denny's at 607 Avenue Q is this week's last low performer. At Denny's:
All critical violations were corrected on site. A Denny's manager says they have re-doubled their efforts to keep food at the right temperature.