40+ Violations for Two East Boca Restaurants

Basilic Vietnamese Grill; image by Google

Basilic Vietnamese Grill on Federal Highway and Whistle Stop on Spanish River Blvd had the worst inspections for the start of 2017. Whistle Stop had 43 total violations including 5 marked high priority. Basilic had 40 violations but with 12 of them marked high priority – including a stop sale and rodent droppings – it seems more serious.

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip top cooler next to stove steak 46°,shrimp 44°-45°,tofu 44°-45°
  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.Rice noodles: 51°, soup 53°. Raw chicken 50°, raw chicken wings 52°, lettuce 50° according to manager door was open due to a big delivery ambient temp 54°. One hour later ambient 47°F. Operator requested to move all the cook food to other working coolers or freezers.
  • Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Chlorine 0ppm, operator changed the sanitizer solution, 100ppm. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Prepping meat failed to washed hands before putting gloves in, employee washed hands and put gloves on **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands. Employee touched food without proper handwashing, employee washed hands **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee touched bare body part and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee prepping food touched face then keep prepping food, operator notified, employee washed hands **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Bean sprouts at the prep area at 72f, two hrs on prep area according to mgr, moved to a cooler. Garlic fresh with oil 80°, held at the prep area for more than 4h. Stop sale issued
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Fried Sweet potatoes at 75f at the prep area, explained time control procedure, operator time marked the food. Cooked rice noodles 70-73f and cooked meat 50-60f less than 4h on the prep area, food was discarded **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in reach-in cooler. Eggs on top of cut lettuce, operator removed eggs from it **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Fridge near blade meat over ice cream
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. By dishwashing machine 5 dry rodent droppings found
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Rice noodles 70°-73°, garlic fresh with oil 80°, held at the prep area for more than 4h.

Basilic had two follow-up inspections within a few days after the bad inspection. These were far from perfect and another follow-up is expected.
Closer to home we were sorry to see one of our local favorites in West Boca, Saito’s (Glades & Lyons) with a big number 27 violations. On the bright side there were only four high priority violations and they weren’t terrible. No follow-up was required by the inspector.
The other notably bad inspection was for the Chipotle in Turtle Run on 441 in Coral Springs. They were temporarily closed on January 9th, apparently due to:
Wastewater backing up through floor drains. Observed underneath the three compartment sink. Observed employees traveling and standing in water on floor while washing dishes and retrieving clean dishes for prepping.
On the good news side of things, Burt & Max’s reopened in Delray Marketplace. We ate there on Friday and had a good meal. Their inspection on January 6th showed only 3 violations.
Perfect inspections were reported for a few of the facilities in the Polo Club community, Boca Woods, and inside the Marriott at Town Center Circle. Stonebridge Country Club had a near perfect inspection with just two minor violations.
Jersey Mike’s Subs in Somerset Shoppes (Glades & Lyons) had a near perfect licensing inspection with only one minor violation. Capital Grille at Town Center also did well with just one violation.
As usual our spreadsheet is below. We missed last week so we did two weeks together.
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