Food for Thought Report 1.15 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/09

Food for Thought Report 1.15

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With three low performers and six tops, we're serving up a full menu in this week's Food for Thought. But before we dish out the violations, NewsChannel 11's Christy Moreland takes us inside the kitchen of a repeat-top performing restaurant to find out their secret to keeping clean.

"I want people to come in here and know that this place is as clean as we can possibly make it," said owner, Trish Varnell.

Tucked away in the corner of KK's Craft Mall, Granny Katz Tearoom is steaming with perfection. "It's just a matter of staying on top of it or it would be really easy to let things go."

But Trish says she can't take all the credit for keeping it clean, "Lots of hard work on my employees part. I have a really good crew that helps me keep it going everyday. I'm kind of OCD about my temperatures, and I make sure that I stay on the guy that does our salads and our soups and our sandwiches. He's really good. Very conscientious. Checks our temps all the time."

So how does it feel to be a two-time top performer? "Oh it makes me real proud. I've been in the business for three years and there's lots of restaurants that have been in the business a lot longer and have never make top performer, and this is our second one. So I'm really proud. Makes me feel really good."

And gentlemen, don't let the name fool you - if you're craving home-cooked soups or desserts, Trish says come on in. "Real men do eat at tea rooms."

It's double the perfection as we head to our next stops. Burger King at 6003 W. 19th Street and Burger King at 6311 82nd Street both broil up it's perfect scores.

It's three for three for our next top performer. Klemke's Bar B Q Joint at 7822 82nd Street continues to serve up a perfect score.

Chicken Express at 2308 82nd flies to the top with zero critical violations.

And our final location at the top is no stranger to Food for Thought, but it has a new name and flavor. Lillie's Place at 1103 E. 50th Street rounds out the list with a perfect score.

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Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 1/15/09.

Now to this week's low performers.

Inspectors cited Ruby Tequila's at 8601 University for five critical violations.

  • According to the report - a cooling unit was not keeping food 41 degrees or below.
  • Rice was not at least 135 degrees.
  • A cook did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • The handle of a pair of tongs was submerged in jalapenos.
  • Several dirty utensils were stored with clean dishes. And there was mold inside an ice machine.

Management says all violations have been corrected. The report shows most were corrected at the time of the inspection.

Next we head to Zoo-kini's at 4414 82nd Street where inspectors found six critical violations.

  • A five gallon container of chili was thrown out because it did not cool properly.
  • Cheese was above 41 degrees. 
  • Numerous personal drinks were on food contact surfaces.
  • An employee handled ready to eat foods without gloves.
  • A dish wash machine was not sanitizing.
  • Several cutting boards had deep grooves, which health inspectors say could be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Management tells NewsChannel 11 that, "We pride ourselves on good food and staying clean. They add that, "All violations were corrected while the inspector was there." The report shows that as well.

Our final low performer is the Cotton Patch Café. They had eight critical violations.

  • Several cold items were above 41 degrees.
  • A hand sink was dirty.
  • There were no towels at the sink.
  • An employee did not wash their hands between jobs and handled ready to eat foods without gloves.
  • There was no sanitizer in the dish wash machine.
  • A cooler did not have a thermometer.
  • Multiple utensils were dirty or broken.

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

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