Food for Thought Report 8.22 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/22/02

Food for Thought Report 8.22

It's a full plate of a Top and Low Performers this week, with restaurants specializing in everything from Chinese food to chicken fried steak. There are eight restaurants to tell you about this time. All together, the four Low Performers rack up 20 critical violations. But let's start with life at the top by checking out our Top Performers in this week's Food for Thought.

It's lone star cooking with a perfect score to boot. The Native Texan at 2907 Slide Road has zero critical violations, making them a Food for Thought Top Performer.

Then it's on to Annie's Place at 701 East 50th Street where inspectors also found no critical violations.

Rise and Shine Donuts at 7801 University is our next Top Performer this time.

And rounding out the list is Home Plate Diner at 7615 University, also with a perfect score.

Now on to the Low Performers, beginning at La Fiesta at 1519 34th Street. The inspector found four critical violations.

  • No date mark on ready to eat foods.
  • There were several live roaches found in the kitchen area.
  • A reach in cooler was found at 46.7 degrees, coolers must be at 45 degrees or colder.
  • A can opener was found to be unsanitary. Food contact surfaces must be kept clean.

Management at La Fiesta told us all critical violations have been corrected.

The International House of Pancakes at 1627 University is our next Low Performer. The inspector found four critical violations.

  • Improper hand washing and cleaning. One employee was found wiping their hands on a cleaning rag.
  • There was improper handling of ready to eat foods. An employee was seen handling hash browns without washing their hands or using an approved utensil to handle the food.
  • There was cross contamination concern. An employee was seen handling raw eggs then handling and preparing a plate of cooked, ready to eat foods.
  • A can opener was found to be soiled with evidence of metal shavings.

Other violations included a wiping cloth stored on a food contact surface and improper thawing, raw meat was left in a bucket of water to thaw.

Management at IHOP told us all critical violations have been corrected.

Chelsea Street Pub inside the South Plains Mall at 6002 Slide Road is our third low performer with five critical violations.

  • The inspector found rice, grated cheese, and meat not being held at the required temperature of 45 degrees or cooler.
  • An open beverage was found in the wait station and on a storage shelf, and members of the wait staff were not washing their hands after handling dirty dishes.
  • Beans were found without a date mark.
  • No soap or sanitary towels were found at a hand sink.
  • Glasses in the bar were not being sanitized.

Other violations included no chemical test kit for sanitizer, trash was not being taken out frequently, and floors and a wall were damaged, which was a repeat violation.

Management at Chelsea Street Pub told us they have been remodeling to bring everything up to standard, that an operation manager is now in place to keep things under control, and that everything has been taken care of.

Our final Low Performer is Casa Ole at 5705 4th St. The inspector found seven critical violations.

  • Food found at potentially hazardous temperatures, the internal temperature of foods found inside a walk in cooling unit was 60 degrees, it should be 45 degrees or colder.
  • The internal temperature of cooked beef and chicken found inside food warmers was 100 degrees, it must be 140 degrees or hotter.
  • Some bulk food containers did not have labels.
  • The dish washing machine was not working properly.
  • Potentially hazardous ready to eat foods were not properly stored or labeled.
  • Some cooling units did not have thermometers.
  • A can opener was soiled.

The manager at Casa Ole told us all critical violations have been corrected.

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