One top performer and six low performers with 37 combined critical violations. That's the ingredients for this week's Food for Thought. This week's Food for Thought is a lot to chew on - so we're giving you half Thursday, and the rest Friday. We serve up the good news first.
|Food for Thought 4.6|
We begin in East Lubbock at 1513 East 5th street, the Lunch House is not only a repeat top performer they're also this week's only top performer
"We sell more fish than anything," said Lunch House owner Charles Foster. "Folk come from out of town. We might be small, but we're good." The Lunch House opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and they've gotten so popular that soon they hope to have a sit-down place to cook up another perfect score!
Now to our low performers.
Cattle Barron at 8201 Quaker was sited for four critical violations.
Management at Cattle Barron says, "All violations have been corrected and we have taken steps to make sure that won't happen again." The report also shows that all violations were corrected.
Our next low performer is Manila Cafe at 4917 34th.
Other violations include: MSG not properly labeled, storage racks and refrigerator shelves were soiled and the ceiling and vent hood in food prep area were dirty.
Manila management says, "We are striving to making everything 100% Ok." The report shows all but one violation were corrected on site.
We next stop at Sonic Drive In at 1901 34th Street.
Sonic's supervisor says "This is a very clean store. And we take a great deal of pride in following sanitation guidelines."
Our second helping of Food for Thought begins with a comment from the City of Lubbock Health Department to our first low performer Kwik Stop #2. They say the "Facility is filthy" and "The facility cannot serve food until all violations are corrected." But it didn't end there. After their second follow-up they got this warning, "Any violations of the Texas Food Establishment Rules from this day forward may result in a fine as well as ability to cook and serve food in this facility."
Inspectors sited the convenience store at 5908 Ave P with eight critical violations.
It took two follow-up inspections before violations were corrected and they could cook food again.
Now a week after their last follow-up NewsChannel 11 went inside the store for a first-hand-look to see if this low performer actually cleaned up.
"There was a comment here that said your facility is filthy," said NC11.
"Yeah cause I was short of employees. I had three people who got fired and two people quit the job," said Kwik Stop Manager Chetan Talati.
Talati says everything is running smoothly. "I have enough help, but I'll make sure it won't happen again," Talati said.
Our next low performer, Taqueria Jalisco at 2211 Avenue Q, was sited for seven critical violations.
We contacted Taqueria Jalisco for comment but were told management would not be available until Saturday. The report states that most violations were corrected on site, all other violations were to be corrected the day of the inspection.
And finally we head to Carnecia Sonora at 2837 Clovis Road. Inspectors found eight critical violations at this butchery and deli.
Manager Noi Rascon walked us through his establishment and showed us that all violations had been corrected. The report indicates that two violations were corrected on site, the others had to be corrected the same day.