No water, too many rodents, an Outback and a restaurant where nobody seems to want to wash their hands lowlight this week’s Sick and Shut Down List.
So, let’s get to it.
(If you missed last week’s Sick and Shut Down List with the Burger King and the Pollo Tropical, check it out.)
WE HAVE RULES: What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections of restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. These are the restaurants that fail inspection. A restaurant that fails inspection remains closed until passing a re-inspection.
We don’t do the inspections. We don’t control who gets inspected. We don’t control how strictly the inspector inspects. If restaurants in your part of South Florida are not included, we have nothing to do with that. If you see a problem and want a place inspected, contact the DBPR.
We don’t include all violations, just the most moving, whether internally or literally moving (because it’s alive or once was alive). Some violations get corrected immediately after the inspector points them out. But in those situations, ask yourself, why did the violations exist in the first place? And, how long would they have remained if not for the inspection?
We report without passion or prejudice, but with doggy bags of humor, indignation and exasperation.
In alphabetical order...
Atlantic Pho, 5408 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate: Routine inspection, 17 total violations, four High Priority violations.
“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 23 rodent droppings on top of the dishwashing machine...Observed approximately 10 rodent droppings throughout the dry storage areas...Observed approximately 15 rodent droppings in the wait station.”
That’s not from the most recent set of inspections at Atlantic Pho, but from a failed June inspection. While the rodents hid or migrated away for long enough that the Pho house got reopened in June, they were back at their summer AirBnB last week for a little pre-Labor Day down time.
Before we get to that, however, let’s look at some other Pho failings.
Oh, and here’s our pet peeve, “In-use knife/knives stored in cracks between pieces of equipment.” The knife was shoved between a pair of reach-in coolers.
“Microwave with an accumulation of old food debris at cookline.” No Fabuloso in the house?
“An accumulation of old grease build up” was on a kitchen wall and pipe and behind the deep fryer.
The handwash sink next to the dishwashing machine didn’t have paper towels, didn’t have soap, didn’t have a hope of doing anything but getting hands wet.
Stop Sales rained on pork, beef, beef stew, sausage, beef soup, shrimp, rice noodles and egg noodles, all of which sat in the walk-in cooler and all of which was too warm. The half and half in the wait station cooler was 51 degrees, just warm enough to turn a stomach.
Back to the pieces of rodent dump, of which there were 30 in the dry storage area; five in a hallway leading to dry storage; five atop the dishwashing machine; four under the dishwashing machine; three on the cookline under cooking equipment; six in the wait station; and 20 in the prep area next to the hot water heater.
The re-inspection notes only six droppings under the coffee station, but maybe that’s all that needed to be counted to know a second re-inspection would be necessary.
Pho passed that. The rodents must have left for the weekend.
Churrasqueria NBG Brazilian Grill, 702 Krome Ave., South Miami-Dade: Routine inspection, 13 total violations, five High Priority violations.
A soiled cutting board probably would stay that way, even if they did fix the chlorine sanitizer, which was weak enough to drink.
“Establishment operating with no potable running water.”
That includes “no running water at the three-compartment sink” and no running water at the handwash sink.
Two re-inspections resulted in “Follow-up inspection required.”
La Mia Foccacia, 6330 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale: Routine inspection, 13 total violations, two High Priority violations.
“Shelves throughout the property soiled.” So were the microwave and a cutting board.
Then again, when they cleaned the pots, they didn’t seem to know what to do with them. ‘Observed cleaned and sanitized pots stored on the floor.” Or, just “cleaned pots.” We doubt the floor got sanitized.
Eight dead roaches, seven on the kitchen floor, and four live roaches crawling on the wall and floor around the dishwasher bottoms off this inspection.
La Mia passed the next day’s comeback inspection.
Nana’s Food for You, 312 N. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach: Routine inspection, seven total violations, three High Priority violations.
Tomatoes stored on the floor, flies in dry storage and uncovered employee hair didn’t put Nana’s on the list.
The 22 rodent droppings did that. Of that number, 15 sat on or under a dry storage rack.
Nana’s passed inspection the next day.
Outback Steakhouse, 14830 Griffin Rd., Davie: Routine inspection, five total violations, four High Priority violations.
Dust and dirt on the ceiling tile and vents.
The raw and cooked shrimp in the low boy cooler weren’t cool enough at 46 to 50 degrees to avoid Stop Sales.
Five flies buzzed around closed vinegar containers. Three live roaches crawled on a wall “underneath clean service utensils.” Another four sashayed on a wall and a prep table.
Outback was back in the blooming onion game after passing re-inspection the next day.
Pompano Pizza, 1606 S. Cypress Rd., Pompano Beach: Routine inspection, 13 total violations, nine High Priority violations.
An employee went from cleaning to pizza prep without washing hands.
“Employee came out of the bathroom and then entered the kitchen and handled clean equipment and utensils without washing hands.”
You can read the inspector’s exasperation after seeing someone touch ready-to-eat salad ingredients with bare hands: “Employees are not washing hands.” The salad stuff got hit with Stop Sales.
But, maybe the lack of handwashing isn’t their fault. “No handwash sink for employees. Establishment has only one hand wash sink located inside kitchen which has no running water due to clogged plumbing...Establishment has no other means to properly wash hands for food preparation/service.”
Meanwhile, as far as food stored at an unsafely warm temperatures, American cheese, fresh garlic in oil, cooked sausage, cooked pasta, sliced provolone all got smacked with Stop Sales.
Pompano Pizza passed re-inspection the next day.
The Rock Irish Pub, 614 Lake Ave., Lake Worth: Routine inspection, 22 total violations, four High Priority violations.
The microwave and the can opener were food contact surfaces “soiled with food debris, mold-like substance or slime.”
Problem was, the dishwasher wasn’t sanitizing anything, so the wash, rinse and sanitizing was moved to the three-compartment sink.
Stop Sales got dropped on a dented can of marinara sauce and the bar ice which was for drinks, but were being used to store beer bottles.
Cabbage and raw chicken were stored on the walk-in cooler’s floor.
Oh, and the inspector counted six live roaches on the kitchen prep table and about “50 live roaches on the wall in the kitchen over the dry storage rack, freezer chest, and prep table.”
The pub was back open after the next day’s re-inspection.