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Food for Thought Report 9.27

Tucked away in the corner of Cactus Alley we find a hidden treasure that tops our list of top performers. Manna Bread and Wine at 2610 Salem Avenue is a quaint bistro that boasts an amazing wine list and an even more exquisite menu.

And it's a two time top performance for this chophouse in the Depot District. Triple J Chophouse at 1807 Buddy Holly brews their own beer and adds that flavor to their homemade bread.

Now get ready for a long list of top performing elementaries.

They including;

  • Arnett Elementary
  • Dupre Elementary
  • Frenship Crestview Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Maedgen Elementary
  • Mahon Elementary
  • Murfee Elementary
  • Ramirez Elementary
  • Roscoe Wilson Elementary
  • Smith Elementary
  • and Waters Elementary

And it's not just the cafeterias that get tested. Inspectors gave two thumbs up to the concession stand at Lubbock Christian as well as the catering department and Java City inside Coronado High School.

Food for Thought 9.27
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 9/27/07.

Now to the schools that had at least one critical violation.

Inspectors found several dirty items in the kitchen of Wright Elementary, including: measuring spoons, cups and a pizza slicer.

Coronado High School had two critical violations. Uncooked pizza was sitting out at room temperature. And drawers and utensils were dirty.  

Now to our low performers.

50th Street Caboose at 5025 50th had five critical violations.

  • Cold and
  • hot foods were not at their correct temperatures.
  • An uncovered drink was next to the grill.
  • Two cans were sharply dented.
  • Multiple plates were chipped or dirty. And mold was forming on the ice machine.

Management says the inspectors came during their lunch rush. They also released this statement, "Although we do not fully agree with all of the inspectors findings, all violations have been corrected." According to the report the ice machine was to be corrected by the time of their next regular inspection; all other violations were corrected during the inspection.

Next we head to the Slide Breakfast House at 2907 Slide Road where inspectors found six critical violation.

  • Turkey, cheese, tomatoes and melons were thrown out after the were found to be more than 20 degrees above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Several eggs were cracked.
  • A hand sink was not accessible.
  • Bleach water was at a toxic level.
  • They did not have the correct type of thermometer.
  • The report states that numerous plate were heavily soiled.

Management says all violations have been corrected. The report indicates that most violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

And finally Mi Tierra Restaurant at 4102 34th Street had 12 critical violations.

  • Multiple cold foods, including: raw chorizo and cooked sausage were above 41 degrees.
  • Several hot foods were not at least 135 degrees.
  • Uncovered drinks were next to clean dishes.
  • A can was heavily dented.
  • Employees were not wearing gloves when handling cooked tortillas.
  • A bin of salt had a black stringy substance and brown clumps in it.
  • A hand sink in the kitchen did not have hot water or soap.
  • Another hand sink did not have any running water.
  • Toxic items were next to clean dishes.
  • A mechanical dish washer was not sanitizing.
  • Gray water was backing up through a floor drain into the kitchen.
  • Multiple food contact surfaces were dirty, including: an ice scoop, a can opener and spoon.

Management says all the violations have been corrected. The report states most were corrected at the time of the inspection.

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