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Food service inspections

By Victoria Advocate
July 30, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.


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 JULY 26

Quick Way, White's Barbecue, 1728 Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 31. Improper cold-hold temperature. Wash hands in between tasks. Employee drinks need lids and straws. Discard the potentially hazardous foods in coolers not holding at 41 degrees for more than four hours. Use gloves when handling lettuce. Store raw meat below other foods. Clean shelving in storage room. Sanitizer bucket is too strong. Two facility or equipment violations.

Tejas Cafe, 1602 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 22. Wash hands in between tasks. Employee drinks need lids and straws. All food in coolers must be covered. Date-label all food in coolers. Have paper towels at hand sink. Two facility or equipment violations.

The New Rodeo, 407 E. Rio Grande St., Victoria. Demerits: 20. Improper cold-hold temperature. Wash hands between tasks. Wash hands and wear gloves. Store raw meat below other foods. Address problem of presence of roaches. One facility or equipment violation. The Texan No. 3, 503 W. Main St., Yorktown. Demerits: 18. Improper cold-hold temperature. Date-label and keep time on food not at 135 degrees or 41 degrees. No other coolers to hold food in the walk-in. Need thermometer in milk cooler. Cannot store food in "thank you" sacks. Use food-grade storage containers. Designate an area for waste. Most recent inspection needs to be visible to customers. Cover trash in restrooms. Need a hand-washing sign at the hand sink. Three facility or equipment violations.

Marie's, 503 W. Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 17. Improper cold-hold temperature. Discard all the potentially hazardous food in the two-door cooler not holding at 41 degrees. Store raw meat below other foods. Date-label ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods.

Tropics Waterfront Bar and Grill, 802 Fulton St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 17. Wash hands at hand sink. Cover food in freezer. Address problem of presence of roaches. Grease-trap and three-compartment sink leaking. Post new permit. Three facility or equipment violations.

Hunan Garden, 2119 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 15. Improper cold-hold temperature. Store raw meat below other food. Clean and address the problem of the presence of droppings in the back storage area. Use only licensed pest control service. Two facility or equipment violations.

Monster Burger, 901 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 15. Wash hands before using gloves. Date-label ham in cooler with use-by date. Need hot water in men's restroom. Employees may use handicap restroom until hot water is fixed. Need thermometer in table top. One facility or equipment violation.

Gold Mine Restaurant, 21 Raisin Road, Victoria. Demerits: 15. Animals cannot be present in the restaurant. Cover food in the freezer. Date-label food. Cat cannot be in the kitchen. One facility or equipment violation.

Get and Go Food Mart, 301 E. Broadway St., Cuero. Demerits: 14. Ice bags need proper labels. Dispose of out-of-date medications. Keep ice scoop on clean/sanitized surface. Two facility or equipment violations.

The Donut Palace, 310 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 13. Keep log of time for sausage rolls and croissants. Bleach bucket in back did not have bleach in it. Use only licensed pest control service. Need thermometer in Coke cooler and three-door cooler. Do not store clean dishes in mop sink. Mop sink is for mop water only. Keep damp wash towels in bucket of sanitizer. Employees need to wear hair restraints. Three facility or equipment violations.

Shellfish Sports Bar and Grille, 2615 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 13. Connect the cold water to hand-washing sink in bar area. Label spray bottles. Dilute the spray bottles; they are too strong. Mechanical dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer, and dishwasher not at the proper temperature. Post most recent inspection and permit. Three facility or equipment violations.

El Taco Restaurant, 711 W. Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 12. Wash hands between tasks. Wear gloves or use utensils. Keep time on eggs if going to keep out of temperature.

Wagon Trail Restaurant, 145 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 12. Improper cold-hold temperature. Dispose of sugar; it is contaminated with insects. One facility or equipment violation.

The Donut Palace, 537 W. Main St., Yorktown. Demerits: 10. Date-label items in cooler. Need times on remaining potentially hazardous foods in display cooler. Use only licensed pest control service. Do not store food directly in cardboard boxes; they cannot be cleaned and sanitized. Two facility or equipment violations.

Yorktown Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation, 670 W. Fourth St., Yorktown. Demerits: 10. Store raw foods away from cooked foods. Paper towels jammed. Need a thermometer in cooler No. 3. Two facility or equipment violations.

Eagleford Restaurant LLC, 604 N. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 9. Hand-washing sink must be accessible. Do not store colander in the sink. Clean and sanitize the ice machine. Store the ice scoop on a clean/sanitized surface. Post the most recent inspection. Three facility or equipment violations.

Artesanias Hernandez, 618 Broadway St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 9. Improper cold-hold temperature. Discard eggs in the two-door cooler not holding at 41 degrees.

Smolik's, 523 S. Esplanade St., Cuero. Demerits: 7. Date-label all potentially hazardous food and ready-to-eat food in coolers.

The Texan No. 2, 207 E. Main St., Yorktown. Demerits: 6. Do not keep crates on top of hand sink. Store the ice scoop on a clean, sanitized surface. Two facility or equipment violations.

Broadway Grocery, 205 Broadway St., Nordheim. Demerits: 5. Improper cold-hold temperature.

Uncle Mutt's Barbecue Company, 5404 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Demerits: 4. Employees should use cups with lids and straws.

New Beginnings, 105 Ward St., Cuero; Calhoun County Adult Detention Center, 302 W. Live Oak St., Port Lavaca; Cha Cha's, 1109 Broadway St., Port Lavaca; Texas Traditions and Bakery, 234 E. Main St., Port Lavaca; Victoria Residence and Rehabilitation, 114 Medical Drive, Victoria. Demerits: 3.

Longhorn Ranch Restaurant, 473 S. U.S. Highway 87, Cuero; McAlisters Sweet Shop, 103 N. Hunt St., Cuero; Striedel's Fine Meats, 359 Taylor Road, Cuero; Alejandra's Mexican Kitchen, 227 W. Main St., Nordheim; Calhoun County Youth Football League, Tilley Park Complex, Port Lavaca; Dale's Place, 521 Broadway St., Port Lavaca; Monterrey Cafe, 723 Broadway St., Port Lavaca; Snow Cone Shack, 419 N. Ann St., Port Lavaca; Golden Corral No. 981, 5102 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Hilton Garden Inn, 123 Huvar St., Victoria; Napoleon's, 2806 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Walden's Mini Market, 6098 S.W. Moody St., Victoria; Yoli's Cafe, 3405 N. U.S. Highway 59, Victoria; Community Action Committee, 107 W. Main St., Yoakum. Demerits: 0.

REINSPECTIONS

Ruby's Diner, 310 S. Esplanade St., Cuero, inspected July 11 with 27 demerits. Reinspected July 18 with violations corrected.

China Inn No. 3, 915 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca, inspected June 26 with 13 demerits. Reinspected July 22 with needing to continue working on putting wet towels in sanitizer water and covering foods in the walk-in.

Gazebo Restaurant, 2100 N. Highway 35 Bypass, Port Lavaca, inspected June 26 with 31 demerits. Reinspected July 19 with violations corrected.

Taqueria Mazatlan, 150 N. state Highway 35 Bypass, Port Lavaca, inspected June 26 with 16 demerits. Reinspected July 19 with violations corrected.

La Michoacana No. 30, 2211 Lone Tree Road, Victoria, inspected July 15 with 37 demerits. Reinspected July 19 with all violations corrected.

Get and Go Food Mart No. 2, 508 Irvine St., Yoakum, inspected July 11 with 42 demerits. Reinspected July 18 with violations corrected. Continue working on date-labeling cooked, ready-to-eat foods.

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