The first Food for Thought top performer this time around is Christakis Burger at 1111 34th Street and inside the restaurant there's a miracle. Chelsea Garcia is the youngest employee at the burger joint and she's also a Children's Miracle Network "miracle kid." She tells us, "I have bad hearing so I've been on NewsChannel 11 a couple of times."
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Chelsea started working at Christakis when school got out and plans to do so each summer to save money for college. She says, "I just love working here. I really enjoy it. It's fun." Chelsea may work with her mom and her aunt, but she's held to the same strict standards that make Christakis Burger a four time top performer. Owner Melissa Rodriguez says, "All of us have been working together over the years and all striving to keep customers happy and satisfied and the place clean. I have the best employees in the world."
It's a family affair at Christakis Burger and it runs in the family for two other top performers this week. Tara's Tea Trader at 4007 34th is a top performer again, as is Mrs. Camp's Bakery right next door. Mrs. Camp's is owned by Tara's parents.
The McDonald's at 2329 19th also had a perfect inspection with zero critical violations. Moving to downtown Lubbock, at 1209 Avenue G, there's a top performing morning fix for coffee, chai, cappuccino or just plain coffee. It's named just that... "Morning Fix."
Now for those who did not fair as well with their inspections, the 66th Street Diner at 2323 66th welcomed us into their kitchen to explain their four critical violations.
The first was received for improper cold hold of potentially hazardous foods. Assistant Manager Samuel York says, "This is our buttermilk, this is how we hold our products in order to fry food and we've started using aluminum pans and putting ice in those. Every thirty minutes we change the ice."
Violation number two: Inadequate hand washing between job duties. York explains, "We take them (the employees) through hand washing procedures every day, my boss was very disappointed in that violation."
The 66th street diner was also cited for inadequate date marking of potentially hazardous foods. York says, "What we did is started date marking because she said anything cooked we had to date mark. So, ham and turkey we started date marking and even our raw meats."
Last, food contact surfaces were not maintained. Containers were cracked and plates were cracked. York responds saying, "You notice no cracked plates... my boss got rid of all of them. We try to stay on top of things. We are very serious about what we do. We take pride in what we do back here."
The Skillet's at 6604 Interstate 27 also comes in as a low performer this week. They too had four critical violations.
All four of Skillet's critical violations were corrected on site. A manager could not be reached for comment.