Health Department Roundup: Zelko Bistro, Two Dirty Chains and more
If you're out in northeast Houston, taking in the sights, you might want to avoid the Sonic at 9425 Mesa. It got a ticket after an inspector turned up eight violations, including improper reheating of potentially hazardous foods; potentially hazardous and ready-to-eat food held for more than seven days; improperly constructed floors; exterior surfaces not kept free of litter; no Food Service Manager's Certification; and using shipping containers or milk crates as support or storage shelves.
Also, hey, avoid the Subway at 9421 Mesa. It didn't get hit with as many violations -- just four -- but it did earn a citation. An inspector found food employee not wearing effective hair restraint; toilet facilities not kept clean; no Food Service Manager's Certification; and potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature.
And not to get too down on Mesa, but La Campesina Meat Market (8908 Mesa) had one of the worst inspections of the last week, earning a ticket after an inspector turned up 14 violations. Problems included no Food Service Manager's Certification; mislabeled or spoiled food; potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperature; single-service articles being used more than once; dirty or improperly used wiping cloths; poorly designed or maintained equipment; dirty non-food-contact surfaces; effective pest-control measures not taken; and toilet facilities not kept clean.
How about some good news? Someone complained about Zelko Bistro (705 E. 11th), but an inspector visited and didn't turn up any violations.
The cafeteria at Memorial Hermann Southeast (11800 Astoria) didn't fare so well after a complaint-based inspection. It got stuck with a ticket after an inspector found three violations: potentially hazardous and ready-to-eat food held for more than seven days; employee consuming food in unapproved area; and potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature.
Finally, the last citation of the week: Mr. Burger and Seafood (2724 Quitman) got a ticket after an inspector turned up eight violations. Those included mislabeled food; wall/ceiling in poor repair; exterior surfaces not kept free of litter; outside storage areas not kept clean; no Food Dealer's Permit; equipment and utensils not in use stored improperly on premises; and potentially hazardous foods held at improper temperature.
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