Food for Thought Report 9.19 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/19/02

Food for Thought Report 9.19

In business for just more than a year, and another Top Performing certificate under her belt. Earline's at 2908 Parkway Drive gets zero critical violations this week. Owner Earline Richardson says she's composed a menu of many of her long time home cooked favorites, prepared with passion. "I prepare soul food, mostly like odds and ends you know pork chops and stuff like that, fried fish but mainly my dishes are soul food mostly all boiled foods".

Something that makes Earline reach the boiling point is a dirty kitchen. That's why she says she and her staff clean up constantly, so they're always working in a safe and sanitary environment. "I like a very nice kitchen, always did because whenever I come in to cook I don't like anything in may way but clean dishes" Earline says.

It's not the first time we've seen this spicy little joint on the Top Performing list. Thai Pepper earns their second Top Performing certificate this week, with zero critical violations.

Now on to our only Low Performer this time. Josie's at 5101 Aberdeen is where four critical violations. Violations including:

  • Eggs, ham and meat being held at 49 to 52 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at between 41 and 45 degrees or cooler.
  • Chicken was being held at 138 degrees, and Bar-B-Que was found at 135 degrees. Hot foods must be held at a minimum of 140 degrees or hotter.
  • Items were being dumped in a handsink and a cook was wearing jewelry.
  • Chips baskets were soiled.

Other violations included towels not being stored in a sanitizer and a fan next to a window cook station was dusty. The manager at Josies' told us all critical violations have been corrected and that they held a manager's meeting with an inspector present to answer questions about policies and procedures, and that everything has been taken care of.

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