Food for Thought Report 3.27 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Food for Thought Report 3.27


It's the first time at the top for family-owned Mexican food restaurant, Garcia's at 5604 Slide.

"We're real glad to be top performer. We've been striving for a long time now," Garcia's manager Mona Espinoza said.

The restaurant has been in Lubbock for almost for years, but just celebrated it's first year at its current location.

"I do my own mock inspections too," Mona says that she keeps her crew on their toes daily, "We strive everyday, enough though we're not waiting for the health inspector, we strive everyday to make sure everything comes out good four our customers."

"A hot item is the stuffed sopapilla. Ours is kind of unique - it has a different taste to it. Our green chili enchiladas are real a real hot item (too)," and Mona says if you've never tried Garcia's now is the time, "We're getting ready to open up our patio probably within a few weeks, and we're real excited about that."

We head inside the South Plains Mall for our next top performer. You don't have to wait until fair time to cure that corn dog craving because here you're in Corn Dog Heaven.

Our next stop is a hidden hamburger house.

"(I'm) very excited," owner Sean Pruitt said.

The Burger House has been tucked away at 5107 29th Drive for the last 30 years, but the new owner says he's keeping the legacy of perfect health inspections and made-to-order food on the menu, "We get our meat fresh everyday. Our vegetables are fresh and everything is pretty much made when someone calls in an order or drives up."

And as NewsChannel 11 photojournalist Brandon Moore found out, just one bite will have you coming back for more.

Our final stop at the top is a perfect pepper. Thai Pepper at 3702 20th Street serves up a repeat plate of perfection.

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Food for Thought 3.27
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 3/27/08.

Now to this week's low performers.

Just three weeks ago, Texas Land and Cattle and Burgers Fries and Cherry Pies were both low performers. This week they're back at the bottom of the Food for Thought list, but this time with fewer critical violations.

Texas Land and Cattle at 7202 Indiana went from 11 critical violations to five.

  • Beans were not cooled properly.
  • Cold foods were above 41 degrees.
  • Hand wash sinks were used for purposes other than hand washing.
  • Glass cleaner was found on boxes of food.
  • Dirty mugs were with clean dishes.

Management says all violations were corrected during the inspection. The report shows that as well.

And Burger Fries and Cherry Pies at 6015 82nd had six critical violations this week. They were cited with 9 during their last inspection.

  • Cold foods were not 41 degrees or below.
  • According to the report, butter was all over a hand sink.
  • Another hand sink was blocked.
  • Chili meat did not have a date mark and other meat was expired.
  • Toxic items were above flour.
  • Knives and other kitchen utensils were dirty.

The restaurant's director of operations says since this last inspection they have hired an entirely new team of managers whose focus is food safety and customer satisfaction. They have also retrained their crew on food safety procedures. They say their next inspection will be a repeat of their previous top performance.

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