Restaurant Report Card July 25: Unsavory findings

Published On: Jul 25 2013 06:42:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 07:24:59 PM CDT

July 25, 2013: Dead mice in a River Oaks grocery store and maggots inside the food at a local restaurant in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Amy Davis reports.


Dead mice in a River Oaks grocery store, and maggots inside the food at a local restaurant were found during this week’s Restaurant Report Card

At Yummy Kitchen at 9326 Bellaire, what health inspectors found in the kitchen was anything but "yummy." They wrote that they "observed gnats and maggots in 20 pounds of tofu mix."

When we stopped by, the owner told Local 2's Amy Davis she had an explanation.

"That is a very oriental style," she said. "Like American people, they make cheese."

"And so maggots inside tofu is what, sort of like a delicacy," Davis asked.

"My English is not very good, sorry," the woman apologized.

We went to the web to help her out. We found several websites that describe the process for making what's called "stinky tofu."

One blog read:

"Fresh tofu is added to a brine made from fermented milk, meat, vegetables and sometimes seafood. The brine can be so rotten that it will be infested with maggots."

Another travel agency website read:

"Depending on the ways of preparation, the process can be extremely unsanitary; the brine is covered with maggots and has extremely strong rotten odor."

The owner of Yummy Kitchen said she would not sell the dish anymore.

"I have customers that are very upset they cannot have any of the stinky tofu," she said. "It's a very... in Taiwan, in China, it's a very, very Tawianese."

Inspectors cited the Kroger on West Gray in River Oaks for the dead mice they saw in the store.

At the Shipley Donuts at 1829 Bingle, there were sugar ants in the bulk storage container of sugar and dead insects on shelving and the floor.

A roach on the dishwashing machine greeted inspectors at Rockfish Seafood Grill at 11805 Westheimer.

And they found a trifecta of slime where you'd least expect it. There was pink and black slime in the ice machine of the Oceanaire Seafood Room in The Galleria. The slime was at the Chik-fil-A at 5005 Richmond Avenue. Inspectors noted heavy slime accumulation in the ice machine at Little Woodrow's at 4235 Bellaire Boulevard.

Our A's this week go to Comediantes at 7802 Gulf Freeway and Angie's Country Kitchen at 11708 Hempstead Highway. Both places had spotless inspections.

>>Click here to view the restaurant inspections.


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