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Food for Thought Report 9.6

With school back in session health inspectors are whipping up some pop-quizzes inside local cafeterias. Let's take a look at the grades. 

Five schools are at the top this week including: Alderson Academy, Bozeman Elementary, Roy Roberts Elementary, Hutchinson Middle School and Estacado High School.

J&M BBQ is at the top this week, grilling up perfection at their 5603 34th Street location.

Now on to our next top performer, and if you're like me you get hungry just walking by this place. Well, maybe I've just "Gone Nuts." No really, that's their name! Gone Nuts inside the South Plains Mall was flawless.

And finally, our menu of top performers end on a sweet note.  Kaleidoscoops at 2902 50th Street had a perfect score.

Food for Thought 9.6
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 9/6/07.

Now to our schools with one critical violation.

At Cavazos Middle School inspectors found mildew on the inside of an ice machine and chicken crispers were not at least 135 degrees at Evans Middle School.

And finally, Lubbock Christian School had four critical violations.

  • Sliced tomatoes were 69 degrees. They must be 41 degrees or colder.
  • An employee was opening a can of olives that had a very sharp dent.
  • A toxic solution was not labeled.
  • A cereal dispenser was dirty.

According to the reports, all violations at all schools were corrected at the time of the inspections.

O'Hana Mongolian BBQ at 3410 98th Street had six critical violations.

  • Eggs, tomatoes and noodles were found as high as 52 degrees. Cold foods must be 41 degrees or colder.
  • An uncovered drink was found on a food prep table. An employee filled a container with water at a hand wash sink.
  • Cooked noodles and rice did not have a date mark.
  • According to the report, there was a gnat problem throughout the kitchen area and around the produce. Live roaches were also seen running across the food bar, onto plates and food.
  • Toxic cleaning items were not labeled.
  • Broken and dirty plates were on the food bar and soiled utensils were found in the kitchen.

O'Hana's owner says, "We are getting ready to close the restaurant for remolding and will reopen in about four months with a new concept and new managers." According to the report, all but one of the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

After a customer complaint to the Lubbock Health Department, inspectors checked-out Pinocchio's Pizza at 1905 50th. There they also found six critical violations.

  • The inspector had the restaurant throw out all of its potentially hazardous foods after cheese, pepperoni, sausage and ham were found above 41 degrees.

According to the report the walk-in cooler was holding at 50 degrees. They were then told they could not put any foods in the walk-in cooler until cleared by the health department.

  • An uncovered drink was on a food contact surface.
  • Black particles were found in the sugar and salt bins.
  • They did not have the correct type of thermometer for thin foods.
  • Food contact surfaces throughout the kitchen were extremely soiled.
  • There was no consumer advisory posting.

Management did not return our phone calls. According to the report, only one violation was corrected during the inspection.

And finally, Texas Burritos at 2167 50th Street had eight critical violation.

  • All potentially hazardous foods were removed from a refrigerator that was holding at 60 degrees.
  • Several hot foods were below 135 degrees.
  • Employees were not wearing gloves when handling tortillas.
  • Several utensils were in a hand sink.
  • The hand sink did not have towels.
  • Windex was stored next to bread.
  • There was no tip sensor thermometer for thin foods.
  • The microwave was dirty.

After repeated attempts, no one answered our calls for comment. According to the report most of the violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

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