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Food for Thought Report 1.24


"We really work hard to be where we are," Stella's Deli and Restaurant owner Billy Rizzo says.

Originally from New York, Rizzo brings a little taste of the Big Apple to the Hub City at his restaurant at 4646 50th, "We have this lunch special - $8.99. It's called 'lunch in a New York minute'."

Choose a lunch special, soup and a drink, and Rizzo says the business crowd can be in and out in 30 minutes. Even with the lunch rush - cleanliness is the top priority, "We're fortunate that our environmental health inspector comes around at least every six weeks so she really keeps us on our toes."

Open less than a month, McGilligutty's Sports Grill and Pub at 9806 Quaker is already feeling the luck of the Irish. They offer more than 100 types of beers from the most popular domestics to the most exotic imports but what they don't have: critical violations.

"Whenever we came and set the kitchen up, there were just basic guidelines set in place that everyone adheres to from open to close, all day, everyday," assistant general manager Mike Stelzer says new equipment is just one of the benefits of a new kitchen, "It's a lot easier to keep things clean then it is to get things clean. So everything stays clean."

Besides a clean kitchen and great food, Stelzer ike says they'll keep you entertained as well, "We're always going to have all the wrestling pay per views, boxing - everything's going to be free."

'Pizza Pizza' is now a repeat top performer. Little Caesars at 417 Frankford had zero critical violations.

Next we head downtown to this now seven-time top performer, "I would actually probably shut my restaurant down if I didn't get a top performer," says Chef Matt Britton.

He opened La'Bowski's at 1205 13th Street four years ago. He says he owes his perfection to his compulsion, "I'm just a compulsive clean person to begin with."

La' Bowski's is open weekdays for lunch, but if you can't make it then Britton says, no problem, "If you can't come to me, I can come to you."

Whataburger at 6414 82nd Street wraps up this week's list of top performers.

Now to Frenship's shining stars. Northridge Elementary and Westwind Elementary earned a zero on their last exam - that means no critical violations.

Frenship Terra Vista Middle School was the only school with a critical violation.

  • Ice was dumped in a hand sink.

According to the report the violation was corrected while the inspection was there.

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Food for Thought 1.24
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 1/24/08.

Now to this week's four low performers.

Orlando's at 2402 Avenue Q had five critical violations.

  • Roast beef and sliced tomatoes were above 41 degrees.
  • Marinara with meat and alfredo sauce were not at least 135 degrees.
  • Cooked spaghetti did not have an expiration date.
  • Several food contact surfaces were dirty, including; plates, utensil containers and plastic bins.
  • There was no Heimlich sign posted.

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

Next we head to Little Panda at 7412 University. They were cited for six critical violations.

  • Raw eggs and egg roll mix with cooked pork were 47 degrees.
  • Cooked chicken and egg rolls were not date-marked.
  • Employees were eating in the kitchen and uncovered drinks were on food contact surfaces. A hand sink was extremely dirty and did not drain.
  • Water from the floor drain was overflowing on to the kitchen floor.
  • A can opener was extremely dirty.
  • The restaurant does not have a certified food manager.

An employee says all violations have been corrected. The report shows that most were corrected during the inspection.

Joe's Crab Shack at 5802 W. Loop 289 had seven critical violations.

  • Raw shrimp was 48 degrees.
  • A wiping cloth was in a hand sink.
  • There was no soap at a hand sink.
  • A can was dented.
  • The restaurant did not have a certified food manager.
  • The restaurant did not have a digital thermometer.
  • Plates and a scoop were dirty.

Management says all violations have been corrected. All but one of the violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

And our final stop is a previous top performer, but is a low performer this week with seven critical violations: Lubbock Atrium Sports Grill and Bar inside the Radisson Hotel at 505 Avenue Q.

  • About 20 raw eggs were thrown out after inspectors found them on a prep table almost 30 degrees above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Foods did not have an expiration date.
  • A broken spray wand hanging in the sink had the potential to contaminate the water supply.
  • There was not a certified food manager.
  • There was no digital thermometer.
  • A can was dented.
  • A can opener was soiled.

Management says all violations have been corrected. Most of the violations were corrected during the inspection.

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