Health Department Roundup: Macondo, Guadalajara, Taco Trucks and More

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Slim pickings this week, with a fairly anonymous group of restaurants listed in the inspections. We're sure the Sonic at 330 North Park in Kingwood isn't anonymous to whoever owns it, but most of us don't own the Sonic at 330 North Park in Kingwood. To the party who does, congratulations on picking up just two fairly benign violations. Pour yourself an Ocean Water, you deserve it.

The rest of us can start with the Wing Spot at 54 East Crosstimbers. An inspector turned up nine violations, which led to a temporary closure but, for some reason, no citation. Issues included no Food Dealer's Permit; poorly designed or maintained equipment; poisonous or toxic materials present that are not necessary for operations (corrected on site); potentially hazardous food held at improper internal temperatures; and effective pest-control measures not taken.

An inspector visited Macondo Latin Bistro (208 Travis) less than a year ago, which resulted in probably the only opportunity we'll ever have to use art featuring breasts for the Health Department Roundup. It was a good week. Macondo had a better time this year than it did in 2012, registering three violations: hand-washing sink not accessible at all times; no vent filters; and equipment/utensils/glassware/plates not handled in a way that prevents contamination.

Sticking in downtown, Guadalajara Del Centro (1201 San Jacinto) also had a relatively clean look. An inspector noted three violations here as well: insufficient pressure in a cleaning device (corrected); moist cloths used improperly; and hand-washing sink not accessible at all times.

Finally, three taco trucks got tickets. Tacos Y Tortas El Jalapeno (1002 Edgebrook) was found to be discharging liquid while in motion or in operation and not keeping food at proper internal temperature. Taqueria Castillo 1 (930 Edgebrook) got violations for improper internal temperature; operating a dining area for mobile food customers (you monsters); and dirty vent filters. El Super Regio (1063 Edgebrook) got violations for internal food temperatures; dirty non-food-contact surfaces; dirty floors; and dirty vent filters.

Next week we hope to be back with some better search-engine bait. See you then!


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