City Health Inspectors were busy checking out nine food establishments in the county this week, and 50 places here in the city. It looks like a couple of Lubbock schools are making the grade, and inspectors ventured out into the county to see what they might find.
The cafeteria at Hodges Elementary turns in a perfect score with no critical violations. So does Monterey High School, they're also a NewsChannel 11 Food for Thought Top Performer.
Taking a trip out into the county, inspectors also found several perfect scores at an Idalou grocery store. Thriftway at 902 Frontage Road earns four top performances with zero critical violations in their frozen foods, dairy, fresh meat, and produce departments.
Also in the Idalou area, no bad apples but a very good one, perfect in fact. Apple Country is located four miles east of Highway 62/82 earns a perfect score, making them a NewsChannel 11 Food for Thought Top Performer.
Now it's time to see what they found in restaurants inside the city limits. Our first restaurant is just a week old, but off to a sizzling start. Tino's Family Restaurant at 4001 34th St. has a perfect score, and that makes them a NewsChannel 11 Food for Thought Top Performer.
"It takes a lot of team work to make it work," says owner Tino Tijerina. Owner Tino Tijerina says teamwork, and a strict cleaning schedule are already in place at his restaurant, which serves Mexican favorites like nachos and enchiladas, as well as popular down home dishes like burgers and chicken fried steak.
Tijerina says his place may be brand new but he's been in the restaurant business for years, and he know what he wants to give his customers before they even take a bite. "Prompt service, friendliness, a clean atmosphere, that's what I would expect when I go to a restaurant and I look at it as when my customers come in here they eat with their eyes, that's what you're going to be critiqued on," said Tijerina.
Our next three top performers can all be found inside South Plains Mall at 6002 Slide Road. Frullati Cafe' is a repeat top performer with zero critical violations, Tropik Sun Fruit & Nuts is another repeat top performer with a perfect score. Great American Cookie is also inside the mall, and they're also a NewsChannel 11 Food for Thought Top Performer.
Rounding out the list of top performers is D&G Catfish located at 4701 Interstate 27, they also received a perfect score.
Now on to this week's low performers, beginning with Delhi Palace at 5401 Aberdeen. Inspectors found four critical violations.
Other violations included a damaged and heavily soiled freezer door, stored food left uncovered, utensils stored in food products in a refrigerator, a damaged and soiled broom, damaged and soiled ceiling tiles, soiled equipment including a stove, grill, storage shelves, boxes, and a microwave, unnecessary items stored on the premises and soiled fans, light switches and floors.
Management at Delhi Palace says inspectors came at a very busy time and that all violations have been corrected.
Our next low performer is Taco Villa at 1911 50th St. Inspectors found four critical violations. Violations including:
The manager at Taco Villa said all violations have been corrected.
Our last low performer is Quizno's at 3207 50th St. with four critical violations. Violations including:
Other violations include improper storage of wiping cloths.
The manager at Quizno's told us they were not fully staffed and it was during the lunch rush when the inspector was there. He also told us all violations have been corrected.