This weekend, the city once again hit the Press-organized Haute Wheels food truck festival. Like last year, the trucks that inspectors visited did pretty well.
Chilantro BBQ got hit with two violations: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature (corrected on site), and no shatter-proof protection for artificial lighting. Happy Endings got one: openings to the outdoors not protected against the entrance of pests.
Firehouse Tacos got two: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature, and existing equipment in poor repair/ not maintained correctly/toxic. Tila's Tacos got two as well, but both were corrected on site: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature, and openings to the outdoors not protected against the entrance of pests.
Outside of the festival, it seemed like inspectors took things easy this week, at least on a number of Montrose-area establishments. Speaking of New Orleans cuisine, the Arby's at 2330 S. Shepherd came away clean. Although this is a little confusing, because we're pretty sure that location is no longer an Arby's and is in the process of becoming a "Dunkin' Donuts," which is what they call Shipley's up in the Canadian province of Massachusetts. Oh well.
Khun Kay Thai (1209 Montrose) was clean, unlike your average gap-year Australian coming home after drinking buckets of liquor on Khaosan Road in Bangkok. (Sorry for the personal indulgence, but hello to John and Katherine, probably reading this in Chang Mai, Thailand.) Also clean, also Thai: Thai Sticks (4319 Montrose).
Roost (1972 Fairview) was also -- take a guess -- completely clean.
La Mexicana (1018 Fairview) earned just one violation, lack of thermometer in facility storing potentially hazardous foods.
Baby Barnaby's (602 Fairview) also had one issue -- floors not in good repair.
A couple places in the area did have some trouble, though. Segreto Champagne & Wine Bar (810 Waugh) earned a citation after inspectors found three violations relating to (generally the disposal and interception of) fats, oils and grease.
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The Hollywood Food Store at 1103 Bomar was closed temporarily but not cited after an inspector found no Food Dealer's Permit, no hand-washing sign, no water at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and general Article II violations (probably paperwork-related). The inspector likely also found decades-old pornography, but that is not a violation, at least not in a legal sense.
On the other side of Montrose at King Cole Liquor (1802 Richmond), an inspector issued a temporary closure order but did not issue a citation. The two issues were pretty much the same as at Hollywood -- failure to provide water at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and general Article II violations. Nice people there, we hope they got it sorted out.