Restaurant Report Card For March 15: Moldy food at salad bar

By Amy Davis, Investigative Reporter/Consumer Expert, adavis@kprc.com
Published On: Mar 15 2012 11:22:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2012 06:27:12 PM CDT

March 15, 2012: In this week's Restaurant Report Card we've got gnats, rats and moldy food at a salad bar. Amy Davis reports.

HOUSTON -

In this week's Restaurant Report Card we've got gnats, rats and moldy food at a salad bar.

At That Pizza Place in the 3332 Ella, inspectors said the gnats are more than a nuisance, they're a health risk. They observed them flying around inside a reach-in cooler and the cook line.

Inspectors noted a gnat harborage below a sink at Amy's Ice Cream near Shepherd and 59.

Inspectors said they spotted roaches on the floor at Yori Yori at 1302 Blalock.

Moving west to Medley's Cafe in the 12116 Westheimer, inspectors spotted mouse droppings inside the food cabinets and on the floor.

At the Ranchito Taqueria at 6873 South Gessner, rodent droppings were inside a box of tortillas at the cook line, on the floor and on shelves in the food and utensil store room.

No droppings were found at Java Java Cafe on 11th Street near the Heights, but apparently there is a problem. Inspectors told employees the exposed rat and mouse bait lying around is prohibited.

Inspectors described the ice machine at Java Java as "filthy" because of so much slime. It was quarantined until employees cleaned and sanitized it.

Inspectors said employees at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center trimmed the mold off of old cauliflower to be used for salads.

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