More than 40 kitchens were on the agenda for city inspectors this week, and their list included several local schools. Let's break down the grade in this installment of Food for Thought.
We begin with a perfect score at Estacado High School at 1504 East Itasca. They are a Food for Thought Top Performer. That's also the case at Wright Elementary at 1302 Adrian, where there were zero critical violations.
Arnett Elementary at 701 East Queens is where one critical violation was found, a can opener was soiled. Other violations included an uncovered sugar container in a dry storage area. The report shows both violations were corrected on site. At O.L. Slaton Junior High at 1602 32nd Street one critical violation was found, mouse droppings were found in a storage room. The Lubbock Independent School District is under contract with an extermination company to handle such problems.
Now on to our restaurants this week. Let's start by taking a look back at our very first perfect scoring place. They're back this week with more good news.
They're hamming it up, and they've got every right to. Honey Cut Hams at 5701 Slide Road gets zero critical violations this week, making them a Food for Thought Top Performer. This is nothing new, in fact, this is where our segment began some four years ago, with Honey Cut Ham receiving the first perfect score.
Over the years they've had perfect scores a plenty and owner Larry Shackelford says their plan from the beginning had included staying clean. "It's just a regular routine and to us it's what we dedicate ourselves to the community for, that's what makes our product so great it's because we are clean and we have a lot of repeat customers."
Shackelford says he and his staff have worked hard to build their good reputation, and they want it to be at the forefront of every customers mind. "Consistency of our integrity, that they know we're going to stand behind our products and they're going to be good and clean and fresh anytime they get one and no doubt they're not going to have any question about it."
Continuing on the Top Performing list, we head over to Cookie Bouquet at 3310 82nd Street. They also get a perfect score. Also the Grocery Department at United Supermarket at 5001 Brownfield Highway round out our Top Performing list.
Our only low performer this time is IHOP at 3911 South Loop 289 where four critical violations were found.
A representative at IHOP's main office told NewsChannel 11 the reason sausage was found at 135 degrees was because the cook was unaware there was no water in the steamer. He also told us there was a lid on the coffee container, but it was not the specific type of lid that is considered appropriate. He said the soiled apron was hanging on a rack near some dishes and out of hundreds of date marked items in the restaurant, only one was found without a date mark. He also said the inspector was very pleased with the store and very complimentary of the staff.
IHOP's inspection report shows all critical violations were corrected on site.