Health Department Roundup

Health Department Roundup

We're starting this week real classy-like with an appropriately apocalyptic Yeats poem, because we're excellent at copying and pasting stuff that makes us look smart.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, Inspectors shut down an allegedly disgusting Korean restaurant With a hilarious name; A taco truck and barbecue joint also get in trouble; But hey, shit happens, am I right?

That's out of our system now, so let's get to it.

Going out on a limb here, but we're guessing the owners of Grandma Noodle Korea Restaurant (10226 Hammerly) do not speak English as a first language. Not sure if that's an excuse for racking up an impressive 12 violations, some of which are particularly unappetizing. Raw "animal foods" not separated from ready-to-eat food. Potentially hazardous food being improperly thawed. And take a deep breath: "Food not protected from potential contamination by dust/ dirt/ unclean equipment/ utensils/ coughs/ sneezes/ insects/ rodents/ flooding/ drainage /drippage from condensation/ overhead leakage/ unnecessary handling/ toxic materials/ damaged." Inspectors shut the Noodle down; they've got plenty to fix before they can say anyong to customers again.

Taqueria Los Mexicanos (5404 Harrisburg) received six violations during an inspection last week, in addition to receiving the odd notation of "-taco lady" after the restaurant name in the official city write-up. The violations included uncovered water inlet/outlet/hose; food/equipment/utensil-washing sink used for hand-washing; food being stored in unclean or uncovered containers; and the bane of a mobile food unit's existence, failure to provide proof of the required daily commissary visitation. But sweet Ash Wednesday redemption - the truck got a reinspection the next day and earned a clean bill of health. Vaya con dios, taco lady.

Hungry Farmer Bar-B-Q (40 E. Crosstimbers) got a citation after racking up 10 violations. Those included dirty floors; inaccessible hand-washing sinks (corrected on site); debris on non-food-contact surfaces; equipment that is either in bad repair or toxic (would kind of like to know which one, city...); potentially hazardous food not stored at proper temperatures; and food stored too close to the ground. Also making the list was something you may remember reading on the side of the milk crates in your elementary school cafeteria - "improper use will result in fine," or something along those lines. Well, apparently that's not bullshit, because Hungry Farmer got written up for using milk/produce crates as storage racks/shelves. Record collectors, you've been warned. WTF write-up of the week: We have no idea what "ILLEGAL ESTABLISHMENT OPERATION/SURVEILLANCE/COMPL" means, or what it has to do with Dynaflow/Lemon-X, or why someplace with a name like that would earn a citation for operating without a food dealer's permit. We're going to go ahead and back out of the room slowly now and never mention this again.

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