Restaurant Report Card for April 19: Roaches

Published On: Apr 19 2012 12:27:28 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2012 10:40:17 PM CDT

April 19, 2012: Asparagus shouldn't move, but health inspectors said it did at one Chinese restaurant. Amy Davis reports.


Asparagus shouldn't move, but health inspectors said it did at one Chinese restaurant. 

Inspectors said they saw a roach crawling inside a container of asparagus at Mo Mong at 1201 Westheimer in Montrose.  Owner Lisa Chieng said she's not proud of it and that it's the one spot on her restaurant's otherwise spotless record.

"We've been here 15 years and nothing's happened," Chieng said.  

At Smoothie King at 10201 Katy Freeway, inspectors said they found a roach on a food prep table right near a blender. 

There were roaches crawling on a bag of flour and on the floor at the Popeye's at 4862 Willowbend. Inspectors also said the sink smelled like sewer water. 

At Jumma Food at 1302 Blalock, inspectors asked employees to clean the roaches and roach debris from storage drawers.

Inspectors said they saw one dying roach inside the kitchen of Cafe Adobe on Westheimer near Shepherd.

At China Wok at 1214 West 43rd, inspectors said they watched as an employee put a container of fresh cabbage and carrots in a sink. They said he then rinsed his hands over the uncovered vegetables.

If all that news has you craving a drink, head to Hunter's Pub at 10549 South Post Oak. Inspectors found no violations, and patrons said the free nacho bar hits the spot.

Health inspectors check out more than 1,000 restaurants a week. We include the most serious violations in our weekly report, but you can look up any restaurant to see the results of its most recent health inspection on the city of Houston's website.


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