Health Department Roundup

Health Department Roundup: Bizarre Names Edition

There are restaurants that simply sound unappealing based on their name alone; the presence of health department violations certainly doesn't help bolster that appeal. This week, we're featuring places that just sound like they had it coming.

Finger Licking Bukateria (9811 Bissonnet) sounds too uncomfortably close to an Internet phenomenon that shall go unnamed (let the pervs explain it in the comments section). And it appears that getting slapped with five health code violations on Monday means that you should wash those fingers thoroughly before licking them.

Chicken Pirata (5551 Richmond) evokes images of poultry with peg legs and eye patches - fun, if you're eight years old. But most people would prefer their chicken to come from a somewhat more reputable institution, and the Health Department agreed, giving them three serious code violations on May 16.

Quan Di Tu (8200 Wilcrest) was cited on May 13 for such unappetizing violations as "food not protected from cross-contamination by separating raw foods from ready-to-eat foods," among others. Et tu, Quan Di Tu?

Safari Restaurant (10014 Bissonnet) doesn't serve antelope, elephant or any other bush meat that we're aware of, but the thought of roast zebra and lion still lurks in the back of the mind. The restaurant captured seven health violations, none that even the dirtiest poacher would be proud of.

Khun Kay Thai (1209 Montrose) is one of those names that - no matter how delicately you pronounce it - still sounds as though you're trying to dislodge a large wad of phlegm from your throat. The newly opened restaurant has a few things of its own to dislodge: namely, the four health code violations it received on May 17.

Also doing the walk of shame are two restaurants that we didn't even know were restaurants, rounding out an overall bizarre week: Country Playhouse (12802 Queensbury) and News & Gifts (815 Walker). Both were closed on May 15 for operating without a food dealer's permit. Guess it's back to community theater and USA Today for now.

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Katharine Shilcutt