Food service inspections
The Victoria City-County Health Department Environmental Health Division inspects places where food is served in Victoria, DeWitt, Jackson and Calhoun counties.
In the inspection reports, each violation in the Food Temperature/Time Requirements category is 5 demerits; in the Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements category, 4 demerits; and in the Facility and Equipment Requirements, 3 demerits. Zero is a perfect score, while 100 demerits is the worst possible score.
Each Wednesday, the Advocate publishes inspection results from the previous week. All demerits are reported, but only those in the categories of Food Temperature/Time Requirements and Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements are detailed.
FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING DEC. 20
Cracker Barrel No. 7, 8080 state Highway 185 South, Victoria. Demerits: 31. Improper cold-hold temperature. Improper hot-hold temperature. Wash hands before glove use. Food out for customer reach needs proper labels. Dispose of outdated lunch meat and milk. Walk-in cooler not holding at 41 degrees. Repair leak under the hand sink. The pump at the tanks was being replaced at time of inspection. Keep ice scoop on a clean surface. Two facility or equipment violations.
Golden Corral, 5102 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Demerits: 31. Wash hands before glove use and in between tasks. Don't use cellphone with gloves on. Packaged candy apples need ingredient labels. Do not put date-label sticker directly on icing. Hand sinks must not be blocked in the bakery and meat department. Need to keep paper towels at the hand sinks. Sanitizer buckets need to be labeled. Use a licensed pest control only. Need to use the three-step procedure to wash dishes. Wash, rinse and sanitize. Need a thermometer in tabletop. Four facility or equipment violations.
Gazebo Restaurant, 2100 N. state Highway 35 Bypass, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 29. Wash hands in between tasks. Employee drinks need lids and straws. Use gloves when cutting produce. Do not prep produce next to raw meat. Work on date-labeling. Clean the rat droppings off the storeroom shelves. Use a licensed pest control only. Clean the ice machine. Three facility or equipment violations.
China Inn No. 3, 915 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 21. Employee drinks need lids and straws. Cover all food in the coolers. Store raw meat below other foods. Clean the rodent droppings in the dish area. Label spray bottles and bleach bucket. Do not store utensils in between wall and counter. Defrost meat under cold running water. Three facility or equipment violations.
Taqueria Mazatlan, 150 N. state Highway 35 B, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 16. Pie slices and cookies need proper labels. Clean rodent droppings in the storage area. Label the bucket with soap and water. Do not store food directly in thank-you bags. Four facility or equipment violations.
Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehab, 524 Village Road, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 15. Improper cold-hold temperature. Discard any potentially hazardous foods that have been in cooler more than four hours. Refrigerator not holding at 41 degrees. Three-door cooler thermometer not accurate. One facility or equipment violation.
Greek's 205, 205 E. Constitution St., Victoria. Date-label sandwich meat and other items left in cooler more than 24 hours with a seven-day use-by date. Need paper towels at front bar, kitchen and back bar. All pest control must be done by a licensed professional. Need to clean and sanitize ice machine. Three facility or equipment violations.
I Stop No. 2, 101 Industrial Boulevard, Cuero. Demerits: 12. Large ice bags need labels. Dispose of expired medicine and expired milk. Need cold water at the prep sink. Keep pastries off the floor in the walk-in cooler.
Mi Tierra Mexican Cafe, 3408 N. Laurent St., Victoria. Demerits: 12. Label packaged food for self-serve. Keep food covered in walk-in, by date-labels. Some are out-of-date. Discard food on the cooler shelving. Keep time of food out at room temperature, such as eggs and chorizo. Store all items at least 6 inches off the ground. Use proper screening for vents. Seal around the door in back storage area.
The Pantry, 702 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 8. Cover all items in the cooler. Date-label all items in the cooler. Need weatherstripping on back door.
Taqueria El Rodeo No. 2, 3402 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 8. Date-label all ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods with a use-by date.
Drifters Bar and Grill, 2912 Houston Highway, Victoria. Demerits: 7. Date-label ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods with a use-by date. Need paper towels at the bar hand sink and kitchen hand sink. One facility or equipment violation.
Church's Fried Chicken, 1203 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 6. Change out the sanitizer in bucket and label the bucket. Work on toilets. They are not flushing properly. Keep boxes of chicken off the floor in the walk-in cooler. Two facility or equipment violations.
Eat N Run, 1101 state Highway 35, Point Comfort. Demerits: 6. Keep items out of the hand sink up front. Need better access to hand sink in the kitchen. Clean the ice machine. Two facility or equipment violations.
Yummy Finds, 402 Salem Road, Victoria. Demerits: 6. Repair the hand sink - inoperable. Repair the leak at the hand sink. Two facility or equipment violations.
Smolik's, 523 S. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 4. Cover all the potentially hazardous foods in the walk-in cooler.
Eddy Packing Co. Inc., 404 Airport Drive, Yoakum. Demerits: 4. Pastries that are self-served and packaged need proper ingredient labels.
The Donut Palace, 113 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca; Hideaway, 1807 Stolz Road, Victoria; Yoakum Nursing and Rehab Center, 1300 Carl Ramert Drive, Yoakum. Demerits: 3.
Monster Burger, 901 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; New Beginnings, 105 Ward St., Cuero; Pizza Hut, 1010 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; Subway, 601 E. Broadway St., Cuero; The Donut Palace, 310 N. Esplanade St., Cuero; The Wild Turkey Bar and Grill, 144 E. Main St., Cuero; Dos Hermanos Mexican Cafe, 106 E. Houston Highway, Edna; First United Methodist Church, 216 W. Main St., Edna; Jackson County Jail, 115 W. Main St., Edna; Pinto Bean Restaurant, 700 W. Main St., Edna; Whataburger No. 428, 112 E. Houston Highway, Edna; Memorial Medical Center, 815 Virginia St., Port Lavaca; Trinity Shores of Port Lavaca, 201 Trinity Shores Drive, Port Lavaca; Chick-fil-A of Whispering Creek, 6104 N. Navarro St., Victoria; City Bakery and Restaurant, 1204 E. San Antonio St., Victoria; Erico's Sno Cones, 1503 Lova Drive, Victoria; Little Caesar's No. 4, 1310 E. Rio Grande St., Victoria; Longhorn Saloon, 1301 N. Ben Jordan St., Victoria; Main Course, 612 E. Red River St., Victoria; Sonic Drive-In No. 4798, 3603 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria; Sports, 5803 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria; Stripes No. 7351, 2002 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Taqueria Playa Azul, 1107 Stayton St., Victoria; Whataburger No. 616, 8908 N. Navarro St., Victoria; The Gizzard Shack, 14329 U.S. Highway 87 North, Westhoff; Bistro Cafe, 1200 Carl Ramert Drive, Victoria; H-E-B Food Store No. 355, 201 W. Gonzales St., Yoakum; Yoakum Packing Co., 500 Front St., Yoakum. Demerits: 0.
Farmers Bar and Grill, 6545 Farm-to-Market Road 1686, Inez, inspected Dec. 5 with 15 demerits. Reinspected Dec. 12 with all violations corrected.
Cracker Barrel No. 7, 8080 state Highway 185 South, Victoria, inspected Dec. 16 with 31 demerits. Reinspected Dec. 17 with improper cold-hold temperatures. Need to make sure food is kept hot at 135 degrees or higher. Still working on labels for the food. Need to get spray-head replacement. Already talked to owner. He will have someone out to repair it.