Food service inspections for Aug. 8-15

Aug. 21, 2012 at 3:21 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.


Taqueria Vallarta, 1928 Main St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 54. Improper cold hold temperature. Observed that there was no hand washing during the food preparation or before touching clean dishes. Employee drinks need lid and straw and should be in a spill-proof container. Discard all food in coolers with improper cold hold temperature. Need to wear gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. Store raw meat below cooked or ready-to-eat foods. Date label cooked and ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day, use-by date. Need to have cold water on at sinks. Need air break at ice machine drain. Need soap and paper towels kept at all hand washing sinks. Address the problem with flies. Employees did not demonstrate knowledge of food safety. Grease trap needs pumping. Need to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces including cutting boards and food preparation tables. Restaurant was operating without a valid permit. Seven facility or equipment violations.

Magic Asian Cuisine, 101 N. Commerce St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 25. Improper cold hold temperature. Store raw meat below produce and other cooked foods. Date label cooked, ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day, use-by date. Do not store anything in the hand sink. Address problem with ants. Four facility or equipment violations.

Skillet's No. 118, 2090 state Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 24. Use soap and paper towels when washing hands. Wash hands in hand sink. Wash hands before handling clean plates. Use gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. Need soap and paper towels kept at hand sink. Thaw raw meat in cooler, not on counter top at room temperature.

Casa Ole Restaurant and Cantina, 391 Victoria Mall, Victoria. Demerits: 15. Wash hands before glove use and when coming into kitchen area. Do not wash utensils in hand washing sink. No bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. Need to clean the ice machine. Keep the floor clean of all excess food to prevent rodents/insects. One facility or equipment violation.

La Terraza Mexican Grill, 702 W. Broadway St., Seadrift. Demerits: 14. Improper cold hold temperature. Use proper procedures to avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods. Use proper hand washing procedures.

Family Table Restaurant, 1102 S. Moody St., Victoria. Demerits: 12. Improper cold hold temperature. Date label ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods. One facility or equipment violation.

Tortilleria La Estrella, 310 W. George St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 10. Date label cooked, ready-to-eat foods with a seven-day, use-by date. Need paper towels in the restroom. Clean the can opener blade. Two facility or equipment violations.

Bauer Community Center, Highway 35, Port Lavaca. Demerits: 9. Droppings were found under the hand sink. Clean the ice machine. Three facility or equipment violations.

Times Market No. 105, 312 E. Travis St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 7. Dispose of expired medicine and deli meats. Need to clean the inside of the ice machine. One facility or equipment violation.

Victoria Subway, 1102 Rio Grande St., Suite 300, Victoria. Demerits: 7. Do not eat at food preparation area. Need to clean the ice dispenser. One facility or equipment violation.

Japalenos Cafe, 2303 S.W. Moody St., Victoria. Demerits: 5. Improper cold hold temperature.

Dick's Food Stores, 202 Broadway St., Seadrift. Demerits: 4. Date label deli meats with a seven-day, use-by date.

Jim's Big Burger, 102 Glascow St., Victoria. Demerits: 4. Cakes need to be prepared from an approved source.

Pullin's Meat Market, 3602 E. Houston Highway, Suite I, Victoria. Demerits: 4. Need ingredients list on jerky and sausage.

Taco Poco Loco, 403 S. Laurent St., Victoria. Demerits: 4. Need hot water in restrooms.

Telferner Grocery and Market, 202 S. Wood St., Telferner; Cimarron Junction, 7104-A N. Navarro St., Victoria; Taqueria Guadalajara No. 9, 2301 N. Ben Jordan St., Victoria. Demerits: 3.

Back Porch Barbecue Inc., 2871 Garcitas Creek Road, Inez; Farmers Bar and Grill, 6545 Farm-to-Market Road 1686, Inez; Smitty's Foodmart, 9 Farm-to-Market Road 444 S., Inez; Port Lavaca City Pool (Snack Bar), Highway 35 and 238, Port Lavaca; The Box Lunch, 146 N. state Highway 35, Port Lavaca; Weaver's Grocery No. 2, 1107 W. Austin St., Port Lavaca; Falcon Point Lodge, 165 Lodge Road, Seadrift; Alimento Catering, 801 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Church's Fried Chicken No. 1331, 206 W. Rio Grande St., Victoria; Dollar General No. 1791, 1606 N. Navarro St., Victoria; H.E.B. Food Store No. 092, 6106 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Popcorn Plus, 7800 N. Navarro St., No. 311, Victoria; Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken No. 4224, 8702 N. Navarro St., Victoria; Senior Citizens Center, 603 E. Murray St., Victoria; Tokyo Gardens Catering LLC, 6106 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Demerits: 0.


Skillet's No. 118, 2090 Highway 35, Port Lavaca, inspected Aug. 8 with 24 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 14, all violations corrected.

Betty's Country Kitchen, 301 N. Highway 185, Port Lavaca, inspected July 17 with 17 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 13, all violations corrected.

Gold Mine Restaurant, 21 Raisin Road, Victoria, inspected Aug. 1 with 32 demerits. Re-inspected Aug. 8, with several violations. Do not store raw meat next to ready-to-eat vegetables in table top. Need to take a water sample. Do not store food directly in old boxes. Need light shields. Work on covering ceiling in back storage area.



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