Food for Thought Report 7.5 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/5/07

Food for Thought Report 7.5

"We're really happy about it! We work really had to keep the place clean. We know that's what everyone expects when they go out to eat," Caprock Cafe manager Andres Villerreal said.

There are five top performing plaques here at Caprock Cafe at 3405 34th, but they say that's not enough.

"People judge a restaurant that they want to eat at based on how clean it is, and it's important for us to be clean every time" Andres said.

Andres adds that it's almost like chores, everyone has a list of things they are responsible for cleaning, everyday. "If something's not clean, I can go to the person that should have done it."

And if you haven't come to play, Andres has a few reasons you should try it.

"It's the best burger and the coldest beer in town. That's a guarantee from me," Andres said.

Food for Thought 7.5
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 7/5/07.

Now to our low performers.

Church's Fried Chicken at 905 Ave. Q had six critical violations.

  • An employee did not properly wash their hands after taking out the trash.
  • All hand wash sinks were heavily soiled.
  • Two of them did not have paper towels.
  • Toxic items were not properly stored.
  • The facility did not have a tip sensor thermometer for thin foods.
  • There was mildew inside the ice machine.

Management says all violations have been corrected. According to the report, most were corrected at the time of the inspection.

Our next low performer is the Koko Café inside the Koko Inn at 5201 Ave. Q. They were also cited for 6 critical violations.

  • Several cold food were above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Mixed vegetables were not at least 135 degrees.
  • An employee's drink was in a box of dry beans. And a bottle of dishwashing soap was in a hand sink.
  • A dishwasher was not sanitizing.
  • A thermometer was not calibrated, nor was it being used to take food temperature.
  • Several items, including a knife, meat slicer and can opener were soiled.

Management says everything has been corrected. The report shows most violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

Linda's Cafe at 6201 W. 19th Street is our final low performer with nine critical violations.

  • Several cold food items were not at the correct temperature.
  • Several hot food items were not at the correct temperature.
  • An employee's uncovered drink was on a food contact surface.
  • Several items were not properly date-marked.
  • Bowls were found in a hand sink. Hand sinks are designated for hand washing only.
  • Live flies were found in the kitchen and dry storage area.
  • Dead flies and soiled utensils were found on food contact surfaces.
  • The facility did not have a digital thermometer.
  • There was no Heimlich poster in the building.

Management says, "The inspector said everything looked good after the follow-up inspection." He added, "all violations have been corrected." According to the report, several of the violations were corrected during the initial inspection.

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