Food for Thought: 5/22 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 5/22


From Chuy's to Carino's, some popular Lubbock restaurants are on the Food for Thought list, but they're not at the top.

KCBD NewsChannel 11's Christy Hartin serves up this week's report.

We start with the good news; here's at look at this week's top performers:

  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries at 6076 Marshall Sharp Freeway
  • Rosco's Sports Grill & Bar at 417 Frankford.

Now to this week's low performers.

Chuy's at 4805 S. Loop 289 had six critical violations.

  • Salsa was above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Rice was not at least 135 degrees.
  • Ice was in a hand sink. An uncovered drink was on the coffee machine.
  • The handle of an ice scoop was in the ice. Raw chicken was above raw shrimp, and raw ground beef was stored above whole cuts of raw pork.
  • There was no thermometer in a cooler.
  • Plates were chipped and damaged. Shelves used to store clean pans were dirty.
The report shows all violations were corrected during inspection.

Inspectors found seven critical violations at Carino's Italian Kitchen at 6821 Slide.
  • Turkey, ham and calamari were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • An employee was drinking from an uncovered cup in the kitchen.
  • Raw squid was stored above ready to eat salami. The handle of an ice scoop was stored in the ice.
  • Potatoes and sausage did not have an expiration date. Ready-to-eat pasta was held past the use by date.
  • Oven cleaner was stored above food contact items.
  • A hand sink had drained onto the floor.
  • There was no thermometer in a salad cooler.

The report shows all violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

Schlotzsky's at 3715 19th had 10 critical violations.

  • The ambient temperature of the walk-in cooler was between 44 and 54 degrees. It must be able to keep contents 41 degrees or below.
  • The thermometers in that cooler were broken.
  • An employee returned to the kitchen to start food service but did not wash their hands. Another employee did not use soap when washing their hands.
  • An employee was eating by a prep table in the kitchen. Ice was dumped into a hand sink.
  • A dirty towel was on knife that was in use.
  • Cooked chicken and packages of deli meat did not have a date mark.
  • Water at a hand sink had been turned off because of a leak.
  • A spray bottle of cleaner was stored next to clean pants.
  • The inside of the cooler and a can opener were dirty.

The inspector notes, due to the nature and the number the critical violations food safety knowledge was not demonstrated.

Management tells us they worked with inspectors to quickly corrected all their violations. The report shows that as well.

Click here to see the full report for this week.

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