Health Department Roundup

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Looks like it was a relatively slow week for inspections, with only a handful of places racking up serious (and entertaining) violations.

Seeing a sushi restaurant, of all places, get a stamp of disapproval from the health department is a little disconcerting. Taiko Japanese Grill & Sushi (5857 Westheimer) earned seven violations in an inspection last week, all for improper storage and cleaning techniques. "Raw/prepared food with porous, absorbent container covers" and "Raw/prepared food removed from original containers/packages: being stored in unclean containers/being stored in uncovered containers" were repeat violations. Tempura, anyone?

The main kitchen at Sinh Sinh China Fast Food (9788 Bellaire Blvd.) earned a double-digit distinction with ten violations. Walls were not kept in repair, soap was not available at hand-washing stations and some food had either spoiled or was in imminent danger of being unsafe for consumption. The worst violation involved raw meat not being stored in a manner that kept it separate from cooked food. Speaking of, didn't Ol' Dirty Bastard from Wu-Tang Clan change his name to Ol' Dirty Chinese Restaurant at some point? Maybe this is some kind of esoteric marketing thing targeting hip-hop fans.

The bar at Richmond Arms (5920 Richmond) got a clean bill of health, though the kitchen got written up for food stored in uncovered containers and for employees using wet washrags to wipe down surfaces. That first violation doesn't sound too terrible, especially for a bar kitchen. And the second one (a repeat, and corrected on site) is what you're going to get at pretty much any bar you visit, so get used to it or start making your fried mushrooms and wings at home.

Kidz Corner: Apparently, somebody did think of the children. The snack bar and premises of Spring Forest Middle School (14240 Memorial) received no citations during an inspection last week. The kitchen did get written up for not having lids on the outdoor trashcans, a violation that they corrected on-site, probably via some sort of lid-based solution. Looking back, our HISD elementary school trash cans didn't have lids, and we liked it that way. Kids are soft these days. Or inspectors are hard. This is quickly getting weird, so let's just call it a post and sign off.

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