Health Department Roundup: Calliope #2, 99 Ranch Market, Whole Foods and More

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The nice thing about skipping a week of Health Department Roundup is there's plenty of material to sift through when you return. This week we'll focus mainly on restaurants that got stuck with citations -- there were quite a few. And, as always, if you ever want to look a place's history up yourself, just hit up the City's site.

Little Napoli (540 Texas) had a tough time this week when an inspection based on a complaint turned up 11 violations and earned the restaurant a ticket. Issues included: food not protected from potential contamination; shipping crates used as shelves; poorly designed or maintained equipment; grease or soil deposits present on food-contact surfaces of cooking equipment; improperly stored utensils; and no thermometer in refrigeration unit storing potentially hazardous food.

In a twist that the owners probably don't find all that funny, Maximum Health Pharmacy (4115 Reed) had a crappy inspection. The city issued a citation after turning up 11 violations, including wood/wicker used as a food-contact surface; dirty non-food-contact surfaces; liquid non-sewage waste not drained properly; improper disposal of mop water in the "lavatory" (fancy word for an agency that generally uses "toilet room," and might use the more patriotic "car hole" instead of "garage" if given the chance); and potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperature (corrected on site).

Someone complained about the deli counter at Whole Foods (2955 Kirby). An inspector turned up just three violations but still issued a citation. The problems were food either mislabeled or spoiled (corrected on site); potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperature; and poorly designed or maintained equipment.

99 Ranch Market (1005 Blalock) has nine problems, and while a drug-sniffing police dog probably isn't one of them, some do involve the following: no Food Service Manager's Certification; food employee not wearing effective hair restraint; dirty floors; wall/ceiling not kept in good repair; no thermometer in refrigerated storage facility; poorly designed or maintained equipment; potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperature. The inspector did not issue a citation, however, which is enough to get a ticketed Whole Foods manager to double down on his morning kava.

Taqueria Cancun (8111 Gessner) got a citation after an inspector turned up nine violations. Those included refuse on site accessible to rodents and insects; no Food Service Manager's Certification; litter or unused equipment on property; no thermometer in refrigerated storage facility; moist cloths used improperly; and wall/ceiling in poor repair.

Finally, what used to be Calliope's #2 (7590 W. Bellfort), but is now just Calliope's after a dispute over the name left the original to be called Cajun Stop, earned six violations but no citation. Issues included food stored in unclean or uncovered containers; no backflow device installed to prevent contamination of water supply; and food stored too close to the floor.

Fun Fact of the Week: You should know Calliope is pronounced KAL-ee-ope, and not ka-LIE-oh-pee, like the instrument or the Muse. If you're curious as to why, visit the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, not far from where the Calliope project used to stand, and ask around. Bring a fanny pack to hold your extra cash and digital camera, and laissez les bon temps rouler!

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