Restaurant Report Card for April 19: Roaches
Updated On: Apr 19 2012 10:40:17 PM CDT
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.
To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, visit www.click2houston.com/restaurantinspections.
How To File Restaurant Complaint
We get our information from the city of Houston Health Department, but many of you have complaints about restaurants in other cities and counties.
Refer to the following list to find out which agency to contact depending on the location of the restaurant:
* For all complaints about restaurants located in the city of Houston, call 311 or file the complaint online.
* Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services inspects and permits all retail food establishments in the unincorporated areas of Harris County as well as in the cities of Tomball, Katy, Jacinto City, Galena Park, La Porte, Morgan's Point, South Houston, Seabrook, El Lago, Southside Place, Hunter's Creek, Piney Point, Bunker Hill, Jersey Village, Spring Valley, Deer Park, Humble, Waller, and West University Place. If you believe you have become ill from ingesting food from an establishment in unincorporated Harris County or in a city inspected by Harris County, please file a complaint at http://www.hcphes.org/eph/foodcomplaint.ht or call them at 713-274-6300. If you are concerned about a food establishment's operations such as cleanliness, food handling procedures, etc., please file a complaint at http://www.hcphes.org/eph/complaints.htm.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant in Montgomery County, call the Montgomery County Health Department at 936-539-7839.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant Galveston County, call the Galveston County Health Department at 409-938-2300. Use this link to speed the process and file your complaint electronically, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant in Brazoria County, contact the Brazoria County Health Department.
* To file a complaint about a restaurant Fort Bend County, contact the Fort Bend County Health Department.
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