Restaurant Report Card July 18: Mexican restaurant tour
Consumer expert Amy Davis takes you on a tour of Mexican restaurants in the Houston area in this week's Restaurant Report Card.
You can't have Mexican food without chips and salsa, but you might consider it when you hear what inspectors found at one Houston restaurant.
At Chorizo Los 7 Michoacanos on the Southwest Freeway, an inspector said he saw a waitress remove a bowl of salsa from a customer's table when they were finished so that she could save it. The inspector said he made the waitress throw the salsa away.
Through a translator, a manager at Chorizo Los 7 Michoacanos told Local 2 he spoke with the employee, but he thinks she was planning to toss the salsa anyway.
Inspectors found a dead mouse in the deli at the Whole Foods in Westchase on Westheimer.
In Kingwood at the Chelsea Deli & Cafe on Kingwood Drive, inspectors condemned 30 pounds of chili they said was "not safe for human consumption" because it was held overnight at improper temperatures.
Su Casa restaurant at 3432 West Fuqua might not feel like "your home" when you hear what inspectors found there. Inspectors said there was a cockroach infestation under the prep tables, on shelving and in the utensil storage containers.
Rounding out our Mexican restaurant tour across the city, inspectors discarded 15 pounds of beans that were off-temperature at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant at 17754 Katy Freeway.
We've got A's this week for R&K Bar-B-Que at 911 Normandy and Whataburger on the North Sam Houston Parkway East near Greenspoint Drive. Kudos to both restaurants on their spotless inspections!
To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, click here.
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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