It's a hefty serving of Food for Thought with five Top Performers and two Low Performers with more than 20 critical violations combined.
The Lubbock Health Department says this is one of the worst inspections they've ever seen. While most inspections take up about a page, five pages detail this hot spots critical violations. Repeat Low Performer Golden Corral at 5117 Southwest Loop 289 had 12 critical violations.
Both of these are important because bacteria can grow rapidly if food does not reach a safe temperature within a certain amount of time.
When I contacted management for Golden Corral he told me, "We have no comment what so ever."
According to the report, most of the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.
Our other Low Performer this week is Slide Breakfast House at 2907 Slide Road. They had nine critical violations.
According to the report, most violations were corrected at the time of the inspection, but the restaurant voluntarily closed that evening to correct all violations and to allow someone to repair broken cooling units.
"We have corrected all violations, and have spent the last week training our staff so we can assure our customers nothing less than a top performance in the future," Manager Andrea Lowman said.
She adds that everything is now good to go, "We're a family owned and operated restaurant, and we would love to have you come in and try our famous sweet potato pancakes."
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Now to this week's list of Top Performers.
Porch Light Coffee House at 3105 34th Street opened just two weeks ago and owner Amy Springmeyer says they're happy to have their first inspection out of the way.
"It feels great (to be a Top Performer). It's something that's been hovering over my heard since we first opened. We now get to hang (our Top Performer plaque) on our wall."
If you're longing for a little taste of Philly in the Hub City look no further than our first repeat top performer. The owners say nobody does Philly cheese steaks quite like Paddy's Original Philly Cheese Steak downtown at 1101 Main Street.
From cheese steaks to cheese burgers, next we head to Tommy's Drive In at 3303 Idalou Road. They're no stranger to this gig. It's another repeat performance for them as well.
It's a three-peat for Tom & Bingo BBQ at 3006 34th Street. If you haven't devoured a plate of their perfection - you're missing out.
Our next stop, Smoothie King at 4210 82nd, blended up another perfect score.
And our final stop on this tour of repeats is United Supermarket at 401 Slide Road. Their grocery, deli, meat, produce and bakery departments all take the cake.