Food for Thought Report 5.18 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/18/06

Food for Thought Report 5.18

The countdown to summer is already underway, but that doesn't mean inspectors are ignoring the place your kids eat everyday, the school cafeteria. Plus it's a sweet treat for Lubbock restaurants and diners, we have no low performers, but we do have two top performers to dish out.

Food for Thought 5.18
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 5/18/06.

Only one school is at the top of the class this week. Wright Elementary at 1302 Adrian Avenue gets a perfect score on its latest health inspection making them a Food for Thought top performer.

Now on to the schools that need to prepare a little more for their next inspection.

South Plains Academy at 4008 Ave. R had one critical violation.

  • Inspectors say a hand washing sink was being used for purposes other than washing hands.

Inspectors also noted that a food product was being stored on the floor. All food items must be stored at least six inches off the ground.

NewsChannel 11 contacted the director at South Plains Academy; he was unavailable for comment. The report shows that the violations were corrected on site.

Mahon Elementary School at 2010 Cornell also had one critical violation.

  • Ham was found to be 45 degrees. Cold foods must be 41 degrees or colder.

We contacted Aramark School Support Services, who manages all of LISD's kitchens, they released this comment: "Our top priority is to ensure that the food served at LISD is of the highest quality within the safest environment possible. We continuously train our managers and employees on proper techniques in food handling and food safety procedures. The violations that were found during the inspection were corrected on site."

The report shows that as well.

You saw this school burn to the ground on Monday, but just less than a week before that Lubbock Health Inspectors were inside the kitchen of Southwest Private School at 3808 Quaker Avenue. They found two critical violations.

  • Food was not stored in an approved kitchen.
  • Employees were not washing hands when changing gloves.

The violations were corrected on site, but the owner of the schools tells us there are no plans to reopen.

Now on to our top performers: If you like hamburgers we have two top performers that are ready to tempt your taste buds.

As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, and this little one flew away with a repeat perfect health inspection. Birdie's Grill at Shadow Hills Golf Course at 6002 3rd Street hit a hole in one with no critical violations.

The only other stop on the top performing list is a bit of a rhyme, but it explains just what you'll find: Burger, Fries & Cherry Pies at 6015 82nd has been open for less than a month, but they're already seeing perfection.

"We have a list of what we do. We have a cleaning list, and everyone has to check it off and initial next to their name and we go through that twice a day," said Manager Jason Waters.

And this top performing honor is twice as nice - that's because their other location near the South Loop and University is a previous top performer. Waters says the popularity of their "burgers," "fries" and their "cherry pies" has helped them branch out. "We felt it would be a good spot for us, and we had a lot of customers going to our University location and they keep begging us to come out here so they didn't have to drive across town," Waters said.

Their delectable gourmet burger and cherry pies are made fresh daily, and that's just part of what makes them unique. "We have over 25 different hamburgers or different ways of doing a hamburger and our customer services is outstanding," explained Waters.

But when it comes to staying on top of the game Waters says it's just a matter of serving up a smile, "We're very big on making the guest happy, giving them what they want because if it weren't for them we wouldn't be here."

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