Live Rodent Closes Bagel Tree in Delray: RatOn Restaurant Report

Our latest inspection report is topped by the live rodent and droppings inspectors found at the Bagel Tree on Atlantic in Delray Beach. The inspection found 17 violations including 9 marked high priority, issued a stop sale order for temperature abuse, and closed the restaurant at least temporarily. We can’t tell if it has reopened yet. The worst violations were:

  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure….employee grabbed bagel with bare hand . Discussed with manager. Manager discarded bagel at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Live rodent present….live rodent on the trap underneath dry storage shelf
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area….4 live flies landing on dirty towel at laundry basket by the exit door.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….single serve butter 71° at server station, single serve butter 49°, single serve cream cheese 50° in flip top reach in cooler at bagel station. Per manager food being held less than four hours. Manager time marked on food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ….Mozzaballs 45° , mushroom barley soup 46° in a 22 qt container at walk in cooler. food cooled in quantity deeper than 4 inches….. Per manager food was cooked yesterday. See stop sale issue . Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above…hot holding sweet and sour sauce 126° in steam table , after stirring food temperature 145° . Discussed with operator. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged….raw pork chops, raw chicken above meat loaf, gyro in reach in freezer . Manager properly stored food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found….3 fresh rodent droppings beneath dry storage shelf, two dry rodent droppings underneath dry storage shelf at prep station .One dry rodent dropping by the exit door….approximately over 35 dry rodent droppings and approximately 15 fresh rodent droppings underneath bread shelf by by the water heater at bagel station
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ….Mozzaballs 45° , mushroom barley soup 46° in a 22 qt container at walk in cooler . Per manager food was cooked yesterday. **Repeat Violation**

Mi Mexico at Smith Sundy Road in West Delray was also closed briefly after a bad inspection with 9 violations, 5 high priority and a stop sale order. We don’t see what was so bad that it required closure.

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area approximately 2 flies flying one fly landing on the exterior reach in cooler.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…cooked pork 65°, cooked beef 66°, raw pork 59° in reach in cooler . Cheese 67° at kitchen, tomato sauces 88° by the sale window being held more than four hours. Stop sale issue . PIC stated she will take these food at home .
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….hot holding pork 191°, ground pork 98°, beef 89° at kitchen being held more than 4 hours. Stop sale issue.Operator stated she will take food at home.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food….raw beef above tortilla in reach in cooler . Discussed with operator.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…cooked pork 65°, cooked beef 66°, raw pork 59° in reach in cooler . Cheese 67° at kitchen, tomato sauces 88° by the sale window being held more than four hours. …. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….hot holding pork 191°, ground pork 98°, beef 89° at kitchen being held more than 4 hours.

Other than those two it was a pretty good report. No one had more than 20 violations. 3 G’s on Atlantic in Delray did have 14 violations with 10 high priority.

In West Boca, Madison’s New York Grill had 16 violations but only 3 of them were high priority. They had live small flying insects and a stop sale on Caesar dressing for temperature issues. Hong Kong Palace on Powerline had 14 violations, 2 high priority.

Good News

Five Guys near Town Center and Burger King near Boca Rio both had perfect inspections with no violations.

Grand Lux in Town Center was near perfect with just one violation. New York Prime also did well with only two minor violations.

Habit Burger on Military Trail had 3 violations.

Original Pancake House in Somerset Shoppes and Lucky Express on Clint Moore each had 4 violations.

Lucille’s BBQ in Delray Marketplace had 7 violations.

Johnny B’s Pizza on 441 near the county line had 8 violations.

Our full spreadsheet is below:

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34 Violations at Odyssey Diner: RatOn Restaurant Report

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Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach had the worst numbers for this report with 34 violations including 6 marked high priority and with multiple stop sales.

  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure….cutting onion for salad with bare hands . Employee discarded food at time of inspection. Discussed with operator. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….butter 55°, cream cheese 58° in two door tall reach in cooler at server station ( other food 43° in same cooler). Operator stated that keep opening door made temperature high . Operator ice down on food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food held using time as a public health control marked with a time that exceeds the 4-hour limit. See stop sale…..ham, eggs, feta cheese, cut tomatoes, cut lettuce. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. Stop sale issue. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse….. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. **Repeat Violation**

But that may not be the worst inspection of the week. Taverna Trela on Linton in Delray had a couple disturbing notes among the 8 high priority violations (23 total):

  • Presence of insects, one live worm like insect on handle of rice cooker.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 4 live roaches under prep table at cook line. 1 live roach on floor under 2 compartment sink next to ice machine. 3 live roaches inside oven next to gyro station. 4 live roaches under gyro station. 3 live roaches under flip top cooler across from fryer. 2 live roaches under dish machine. 2 live roaches on floor under hand wash sink next to fryer. 20+ live roaches in side convection oven at cook line. 2 live roaches in wait area. No doors separating any of the areas.

In West Boca the biggest number was for Lemongrass Hot Pot in the Boca Grove plaza with 21 violations, 3 of them high priority. Other notables with 10 or more violations include the Steak N Shake on 441 in Coral Springs (15 violations, 2 high priority), Positano (13, 2) and Renzo’s Cafe Pizzeria (13, 1) on Federal Highway in East Boca, and Duffy’s on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (13, 2).

Good News

Two places in West Boca scored perfect inspections with zero violations: Jon Smith Subs in Mission Bay and Press Creamery in the Reserve at 441 and Clint Moore.

The McDonald’s in Shadowood, LuBlu in Somerset Shoppes (Lyons and Glades) and Kapow Noodle Bar in Mizner Park all had near perfect inspections with 1 violation each.

Also doing well were Panera in Mission Bay, Jersey Mike’s Subs in Somerset Shoppes, and Lucille’s BBQ in Woodfield with 2 violations.

The Melting Pot on Federal Highway had 3 violations, 2 high priority.

Also worth a mention:

  • Renzo’s on Clint Moore (4 violations, 1 high priority)
  • Dominic’s on Glades near Boca Rio (4, 0)
  • Little Brazil near Dominic’s (7, 3)
  • Panera in Boca Center (4, 0)
  • Bluefin Express on Yamato (4, 1)
  • McDonald’s on Palmetto just west of Powerline (4, 1)
  • Sushi Rock in East Boca (5, 1)
  • Mississippi Sweets BBQ in East Boca (5, 2)
  • Cannoli Kitchen on Powerline (6, 4)
  • Villa Rosano in the Reserve (6, 1)
  • Kee Grill on Military Trail (6, 0)
  • Casa Tequila on Glades near Boca Rio (6, 0)
  • Subway next to Casq Tequila (6, 1)
  • Bonefish Grill in Boca Grove (6, 0)
  • Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood (7, 2)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:

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RatOn Raton – A Good Week for Restaurant Inspections

We’re happy to say there’s no terrible news in our latest inspection report. The worst numbers came from the main dining room in the Gleneagles Country Club, and that was the only one with more than 20 violations. Among regular places West Boca residents might go to, Henry’s on Jog north of Clint Moore had 15 violations with 5 high priority. The Sea Southeast Asian in the same plaza had 10 violations.

Henry’s. Image by Google.

Villagio in Mizner Park had 12 violations with 2 high priority. In West Boca, Bagelworks on Glades Road west of the Turnpike had 13 violations with 3 high priority.

Other notables in this report include:

  • Boca Skewers on NE 2nd and Oishii Japanese on NW 20th in East Boca, each with 12 violations
  • Saito Japanese and Ethos Greek in Promenade, each with 11 violations
  • Di Pizza near Wawa in Parkland with 10 violations, 1 high priority
  • Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza and Orchid Gardens off Lyons near Century Village each had 9 violations
  • La Luna in Polo Club Shoppes and Casa L’Italien near Doris Market each had 8 violations
  • Madison’s New York Grill near Town Center, Chops Lobster Bar in Mizner, and Another Broken Egg Cafe in Royal Palm each had 7 violations

Several places had 6 violations including Mozzarita Bar in The Reserve on Clint Moore at 441, Abe & Louie’s on Glades, Outback Steakhouse and Trattoria Nonna (both on SW 18th), Tap 42 in Boca Center, Sushi Boca Cafe in Town Center, and Hunan City near Doris Market.

Also a notable licensing inspection for Anzo, a new restaurant that should be opening soon in Shadowood near Lime Fresh.

As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below, or you can click to get the pdf:

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RatOn Restaurants: Roaches, Rodents and More in West Delray

Fratelli’s Italian Grill at Atlantic and Jog had the worst inspection report in late September with a closure for roaches and rodents.

Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found….approximately over 50 live roaches in reach in cooler gasket at cook line , approximately 10 live roaches underneath floor mat at cook line, 2 live roaches in oven by the wall at cook line.

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found….two fresh rodent droppings, approximately 20 dry rodent droppings inside cabinet below coffee and soda dispenser.

They had a total of 24 violations, 6 of them high priority, with a stop sale for temperature abuse on the tomato soup. Inspectors came back the next day and found “6 live roaches in attached draining tray below reach in cooler at kitchen.”

There were more big numbers in West Delray including Apeiro in Delray Marketplace. Apeiro had 21 violations with a whopping 12 marked high priority. Several items were hit with a stop sale order for temperature abuse:

eggplant spread 51°, chicken wings 51°, feta 45°, tziatziki sauce 46° … roasted tomato 53, saffron cream sauce 51°, pasta 55° butter 52°

There was another stop sale for expired home made Caesar dressing, an administrative complaint for “approximately 10 flies in Dishwashing area landing on cleaned dishes,” and a dishmachine not adequately sanitizing dishes.

Two follow-up inspections continued to show problems including more temperature issues on numerous items the next day, and still a few more minor issues the day after that.

Also in Delray Marketplace, Terra Fiamma had 21 violations including 6 high priority. Other big numbers in West Delray include:

  • Basilic Vietnamese (21 violations, 6 high priority)
  • Bagel Tree (19, 7)
  • Yellowtail Modern Asian (20, 6)
  • Cinebowl & Grille (14, 6)

In West Boca, China Wok in Sandalfoot Square had 23 violations, 4 high priority. La Casa de Peinado near Sandalfoot on 441 had 22 violations, 3 high priority. Mozart Cafe at Powerline and Camino Real had 18 violations, 4 high priority.

Good News

On the bright side, the Shadowood theater had a perfect inspection. Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood and the Chipotle on Glades at Butts were near perfect with just one minor violation for each. Inspectors found 3 violations each for Puccini’s Pizzeria on Yamato at 441, Morton’s Steakhouse in Town Center, Willie’s Sushi Bar in Polo Club Shoppes, and Holloway’s Irish Pub in Boca Pointe.

One of our favorite places, Teriyaki Madness in Mission Bay, had only four minor violations. The newish West Delray BurgerFi on Atlantic near the Turnpike also had four.

Inspectors reported five violations each for City Fish Market, First Watch on St. Andrews, and the Chipotle on Palmetto Park near Powerline.

Boca Pointe’s plaza had a licensing inspection for Don Chepos Taco Shop.

Other notables in this report:

  • Shula Burger in Delray Marketplace (7 violations, 4 high priority)
  • Tijuana Flats on Powerline near Palmetto (7, 0)
  • Pollo Tropical on St. Andrews (7, 1)
  • Boca Indian Grill in Mission Bay (8, 2)
  • Shinju Buffet on Glades (8, 1)
  • Tilted Kilt on Airport Road (9, 1)
  • Padano in Loggers’ Run (10, 0)
  • Tempura House on Clint Moore at 441 (11, 2)
  • Ditmas at Boca Grove (11, 4)
  • Batch Gastropub in Delray Marketplace (11, 3)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is here as a pdf or below:

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63 Violations at Life Bar & Grill in Boca: RatOn Restaurants

This may be the biggest number we’ve seen in a restaurant inspection yet. On September 12th inspectors reported 63 total violations in a licensing inspection at Life Bar & Grill at 180 S. Federal Highway.

180 S. Federal Highway; image by Google.

The restaurant doesn’t seem to be open yet and we can’t find much information. We have a hunch it’ll be some kind of Haitian food but that’s only a hunch. It’s not clear where the restaurant will be at the location as there are existing restaurants. Reports indicate that Taco Prince closed so it might be that spot on the corner. It should be noted that only two of the violations were marked as high priority.

Outside of that wild result, we noticed a few not-so-great inspections closer to home. Long Island Bagel, near Target in West Boca Square, had 21 violations including 6 high priority including a stop sale:

  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Employee at cash register handled money then touched RTE food put gloves on – no handwash. Bus boy touched dirty dishes then handled plates of food. Employee washing dishes handled dirty dishes then handled clean dishes without washing hands. Cook cracked shell eggs then handled clean dishes to plate pancakes and bagels – no handwash.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 15 qts. of heart salad as per manager cold holding overnight in wic (60°F – Cold Holding) See Stop Sale
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); See stop sale.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Raw bacon stored over chicken soup in wic. Raw chicken stored over cream cheese in wic. **Repeat Violation**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from each other in holding unit. Raw chicken stored in same container with raw salmon in wic.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 15 qts. of heart salad as per manager cold holding overnight in wic (60°F – Cold Holding) See Stop Sale

New Golden China on Palmetto Park near Powerline had 20 violations, with two high priority.

Others with big numbers include:

19 violations: Jon’s Place (1 high priority); Lucky Palace (2); Mozart Cafe (6)
18 violatons: Hong Kong Palace (2); Bluefin in Parkland (3); Sun Yat in Parkland (1)
17 violations: Japango in Parkland (7); Pollo Tropical (4); Chill & Grill Pita (2)
16 violations: Sandalfoot Bagel (4); MeSen Thai Sushi on SW 18th (2); Zingers on Beracasa (2); Moon Thai on St. Andrews (3)

Good News

There were a number of perfect inspections. Most notable locally was Moon Tavern in Boca Greens, which has had many great inspection reports. Other perfect inspections were:

Chick Fil-A in Town Center
Haagen Dazs in Town Center
Bagel Wit a Schmear on Federal Highway
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe on Palmetto (Licensing)
Taco Fresh on Spanish River Blvd
Amitie Cafe on Yamato

Near perfect inspections with just one violation include:

Fresh Bites Cafe in Mission Bay
Tomasso’s on Palmetto Park
Denny’s on Palmetto Park
Moe’s SW Grill near Town Center
Pummarola in Town Center

Our full pdf is below and it’s worth reading because there’s a lot more.

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42 Violations at Kanpai: RatOn Restaurants

Kanpai restaurant in Boca Raton

East Boca’s Kanpai leads off this week’s restaurant inspection report with a whopping 42 violations. If there’s a bright side, only 2 of the violations were marked high priority.

  • Employee touched soiled surface and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. – cooked using cellphone and texting while at the same time preparing food on cook line.
  • Server handled soiled dishes or utensils and then picked up plated food, served food, or prepared a beverage without washing hands. – server scrapping plates and preparing leftovers-for-take Home, and returning to food service, all with out handwashing

Kanpai had 25 violations back in April.

That was the only truly big number in the report. No other restaurant got more than 20 violations. Notables with 15 or more violations include Nick’s New Haven Pizza near Town Center (17 violations, 4 high priority); Einstein Bagel on Powerline (16, 2); and Dominic’s near Home Depot (15, 2).

Good News

On the real bright side, Shake Shack on Glades near FAU had a perfect inspection.

In Mission Bay both Domino’s Pizza and Tijuana Flats were near perfect with 1 minor violation each. There were several others with just one violation including Tanzy, iPic Theater and Rack’s in Mizner Park, Trattoria Romana on Palmetto and Flakowitz on Federal Highway.

We consider two violations to be very good and there were several of those as well:

  • Rancheritos de Boca in Somerset Shoppes
  • Fit Foodz Cafe on Clint Moore near 441
  • Toojays and Manhattan Joe’s Pizza in Polo Club Shoppes
  • Toojays near Town Center
  • Chick Fil A in Town Center
  • Cinemark Theater

Shen’s Peking at Glades and Lyons had 3 violations, 1 high priority.

Way Beyond Bagels on Clint Moore at 441 had 4 violations.

Bruce’s of Great Neck in Boca Greens had 6 violations.

Pho Boca on Glades and Boon’s in Boca Greens had 7 violations each.

And the not-so-great 10 and up club this week counts some of our favorite places: Chow Thai and Thick and Thin Pizza from Sandalfoot Square; Stella’s Pizza in Boca Greens; and Ben’s Deli on 441 at Clint Moore.

As usual our full spreadsheet is below.

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RatOn Restaurants: Ruvens and Rural Restaurant Violations

Ruvens in Delray; image by Google.

Inspectors hit Ruvens hard in their latest inspection report. The deli restaurant on Jog Road in Delray was reported as having 31 violations including 10 marked high priority. The worst of it was a sweet cream cheese sauce with “mold-like growth” that appeared to be six weeks old.

  • Food with mold-like growth in sweet cream cheese sauce in walk in cooler. Prep date 6/25/18. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit……tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, roast beef , beef brisket, white fish salad all at temperature between 46°-51° in display case at front line. Per operator food being held less than four hours. Employee moved food to walk in cooler at time of food …..butter 65°, cream cheese 61° in reach in cooler at kitchen. Operator not aware how long Food being out of temperature ( other food 37°-38° in same cooler) . Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ……chicken goulash 51° in a dipper than 4 inches container with covered in walk in cooler. Per chef it is yesterday left over food from hot holding . See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….cabbage soup top part 99° to 102° when cook stair it was 166° . Advised cook stair food often. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food not properly separated from ready-to-eat food…..raw burger next to over storing bread in tall reach in cooler at kitchen. PIC properly stored it at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation….cream cheese sauce mold growth in it ,prep date was 6/25/18. Employee discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled….employee touched Dishmachine and then grabbed bread without changing gloves and wash hands. Discussed with employee, employee changed gloves and washing hands at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition….mold growth in cream cheese sauce
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. chicken goulash 51° in a dipper than 4 inches container with covered in walk in cooler. Per chef it is yesterday left over food from hot holding
  • Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed….over ++200 ppm. Operator corrected it at 200 ppm at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**

Another bad inspection report was for La Rural, a relatively new Argentinian steakhouse on 441 in Parkland, north of Hillsboro. They had 21 violations including 7 high priority. They found a dish of pears that had been cooked over three weeks earlier.

  • In-use utensil stored in unclean water at or above 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Water was at 122F, employee moved water to reheat. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 18 lbs. Sausage 46-59F held since 8/7/2018 in reach in cooler flip top at end of cookline with ambient temperature of 66 F. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Rice held at 58F on steam table, per chef just turned off to clean. Steam table is located opposite of stove. Operator reheated rice to 178F **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged. Raw beef ribs on top of cooked ham in reach in freezer by dry storage. Operator moved cooked ham to top shelf. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. 3 lbs Cooked pears in walk-in cooler cooked on 7/16.
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. 3 lbs Cooked pears in walk-in cooler cooked on 7/16. **Warning**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 18 lbs. Sausage 46-59F held since 7/7/2018 in reach in cooler flip top at end of cookline with ambient temperature of 66 F.

Two other restaurants had 20 or more violations: Dean Anthony’s Express Pizza on Yamato east of Military Trail (24 violations, 3 high priority) and China Spring on 441 in West Boca, near the Sandalfoot Cumberland Farms (20, 2).

Just below that were some surprises including:

  • Burt & Max in Delray Marketplace (19 violations, 8 high priority)
  • La Pizzeria on Sample in Margate (18, 8)
  • Bonefish Macs on Sample in Coral Springs (18, 5)
  • Picanha Brazil on 441 near Sandalfoot (17, 2)
  • Long Island Bagel on 441 near Target (17, 4)
  • Orient House Express on SW 18th near Military (17, 4)
  • Smokey Bones on 441 near Target (16, 5)
  • Sweet Tomatoes on Beracasa (16, 5)
  • Packy’s in Loggers’ Run (15, 4)
  • Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place (15, 3)

Good News

Five restaurants had perfect inspections. In West Boca it was the Wendy’s on Glades near Lyons Road. Also notable was La Tre Vietnamese on East Palmetto Park Road and Sapori in Royal Palm Place.

Near-perfect inspections (1 violation) were reported for the First Watch in Mission Bay and two Chipotles in West Boca – the one at Glades and 441, and the one on Military Trail near the Office Depot HQ. Vinny’s All Day Cafe in the Woodfield plaza also had only one violation.

Zinger’s Deli and Einstein Bagles, both in Shadowood, had only two violations each.

Three violations each were reported for Miller’s Ale House on Glades near Lyons, LaSpadas Hoagies near Town Center, Brendy’s Ice Cream near Doris Market, and Bolay in Polo Club Shoppes.

As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below:

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RatOn Restaurants: Boca Buffet Blunders and more

Trying out a new name for our restaurant inspection reports, the restaurant inspectors rat them out. So they rat on them. Rat on … Raton … Not sure this works but giving it a shot.

The biggest number for this week goes to Ichiyami Buffet in Royal Palm Place. Inspectors reported 28 violations. This is not the first time Ichiyami has had a high number. On the bright side there was only one high priority violation:

Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. KITCHEN – three Cases of Aqua-cultered Salmon 48F Sitting on floor at end of hot cook line. Th heads of fish were in some crushed ice.. The bodies and tails were in cool water and no ice. – Moved to walk in cooler **Corrective Action Taken**

Eight restaurants had twenty or more violations reported. In West Boca they included:

  • Perrada Del Gordo on 441 (26 violations, 3 high priority)
  • Saiko-I Sushi Lounge on SW 18th (24, 3)
  • Pita N Go on 441 (22, 3)
  • Bagel City South on SW 18th (20, 3)

In East Boca Basilic Vietnamese had 24 violations with 3 high priority.

The worst inspection was Pizza Carousel in Coral Springs with 24 violations including 6 marked high priority and a stop sale:

  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. Employee washing dishes. Cook- dropped utensil on floor, sauce splattered on floor, he cleaned the floor with a cloth- no handwash. **Repeat Violation**
  • Hot potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food received at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked meatballs and sauce at 126F, hot hold for 1 hour, advised manager to reheat to 165F.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 24 qts. of cooked marinara sauce as per manager cooling for 2 days in WIC (58°F – Cooling) See Stop Sale
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. Covered and too deep. 24 qts. of cooked marinara sauce as per manager cooling for 2 days in WIC (58°F – Cooling) See stop sale.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation. 4 lbs. of cooked chicken breast dated 7-10-18 in RIC as per manager was cooked 2 weeks ago. See stop sale.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 24 qts. of cooked marinara sauce as per manager cooling for 2 days in WIC (58°F – Cooling) See Stop Sale

There was one more with over 20 violations – Beijing Palace on Jog Road in Delray had 21 with 3 high priority.

Other big numbers for notables in and near West Boca were:

  • Brooklyn Water Bagel on Powerline at Palmetto (19 violations, 3 high priority)
  • All Ribs Costelaria on Powerline near Boca Grove (17, 3)
  • Japango in Delray Marketplace (16, 6) (“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition….sushi rice at room temperature being held more than four hours.”)
  • Asia on Powerline at Camino Real (16, 3)
  • Shanghai City Chinese off Glades near the Turnpike (15, 1)
  • Way Beyond Bagels on Jog in Delray (15, 3)
  • Casimir Bistro in Royal Palm (15, 3)
  • Boca Bagelworks on Glades near Boca Rio (13, 4)
  • Sicilian Oven on St. Andrews (13, 4)
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs in the same plaza (13, 1)
  • Pollo Tropical in that plaza (12, 2)
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza at Boca Grove (13, 2)
  • Casa Tequila Mexican on Glades near Boca Rio (11, 1)
  • Brickyard Microbrewery on Palmetto near Powerline (10, 2)
  • China Cafe in Loggers’ Run (10, 0)
  • Mozzarita Bar on Clint Moore in The Reserve (10, 1)

Good News

This week’s winners with perfect inspections were LuBlu Bakery & Cafe in Somerset Shoppes, Marlee’s Bistro & Cupcakery on Glades near Boca Rio, Five Guys Burgers near Town Center, and Dunkin Donuts in the Woodfield plaza.

Lucille’s BBQ in Woodfield was near perfect with just one violation, as was Brendy’s in Polo Club Shoppes.

Other Notables

Other inspections worth mentioning:

  • McDonald’s at Clint Moore & Jog (2, 0)
  • Papa John’s Pizza on Glades near Boca Rio (2, 0)
  • Miller’s Ale House on Yamato at Broken Sound (2, 0)
  • Burger King on Glades near Boca Rio (2, 0)
  • New York Grilled Cheese on Federal Highway across from Mizner Park (3, 0)
  • Rotelli’s Pizza in West Boca Square (3, 1)
  • Panera on Military Trail near Town Center (3, 3)
  • Sushigo on Federal Highway (4, 0)
  • Original Pancake House on Glades in Somerset Shoppes (4, 1)
  • BurgerFi on SW 18th near Powerline (5, 1)
  • Cream in Westwinds near Home Depot (7, 1)
  • Hooters near Town Center (7, 2)
  • Burgerim in Mission Bay (8, 0)
  • Chili’s on 441 at Palmetto (8, 1)
  • Jimmy the Greek on Glades (9, 3)
  • Yard House in Mizner Park (9, 1)
  • Villa Rosano on Clint Moore (9, 1)

As usual our spreadsheet from this report is attached:

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20+ Violations at Fat Boyz, La Granja and Orient Garden

Fat Boyz BBQ in the former Lil Ole Caboose location.

Three restaurants in and near West Boca were hit with 20 or more violations in early July. At the “top” of the list was Fat Boyz BBQ in Deerfield Beach with 26 violations including 7 marked high priority and stop sale orders on several items:

  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese 56-60°F – Cold Holding in walk-in cooler. Food in cooler with ambient temperature of 62-64F overnight. Food not maintaining 41F or below for longer than 4 hours. Food has not been pulled , portioned or prepped . See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. Pasta salad 46-51°F; Ribs 46-48°F; brisket 46-50°F, Chicken 46-48F , beans 46-48F and sweet potatoes 46-48F all at walk-in cooler. Foods cooling overnight at walk-in cooler with an ambient temperature of 62-64F in covered over-stacked containers. Foods have been cooling since approximately 9 pm last night. See stop sale.
  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Raw turkey stored over cooked pasta salad in walk-in cooler and raw shelled eggs over cut cabbage at walk-in cooler. Operator removed raw turkey. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Shell eggs held in a unit maintaining an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Whole shelled eggs at walk-in cooler cold holding at an ambient temperature of 62-64F. Food in cooler overnight. Food not maintaining an ambient temperature of 45F or below for longer than 4 hours. Food has not been pulled , portioned or prepped . See stop sale.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. Pasta salad 46-51°F; Ribs 46-48°F; brisket 46-50°F, Chicken 46-48F , beans 46-48F and sweet potatoes 46-48F all at walk-in cooler. Foods cooling overnight at walk-in cooler with an ambient temperature of 62-64F in covered over-stacked containers. Foods have been cooling since approximately 9 pm last night. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese 56-60°F – Cold Holding in walk-in cooler. Food in cooler with ambient temperature of 62-64F overnight. Food not maintaining 41F or below for longer than 4 hours. Food has not been pulled , portioned or prepped . Shell eggs held in a unit maintaining an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Whole shelled eggs at walk-in cooler cold holding at an ambient temperature of 62-64F. Food in cooler overnight. Food not maintaining an ambient temperature of 45F or below for longer than 4 hours. Food has not been pulled , portioned or prepped . See stop sale.
  • Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Medicine ( Bayer tables) on shelf by cookline next to spice containers. Spic n Span cleaner next to gloves in front counter area.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. On outside of building , on east side.

La Granja near Town Center and the fairly new Orient Garden in the Sandalfoot Publix plaza were both up there. La Granja had 22 violations with 5 high priority, and Orient Garden had 20 violations with 6 high priority. Orient Garden (which may go by the name Oriental Garden) also had a stop sale:

Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 3 qts. of egg drop soup (119°F – Hot Holding); 2 qts. of sweet and sour sauce (121°F – Hot Holding); 5 qts. of wonton soup (120°F – Hot Holding) all in hot hold for 4 hours.

Good News

Perfect inspections were reported for Dunkin Donuts at Kimberly & Lyons, Tutti Frutti in Shadowood, and the Subway across from the International Jewelry Exchange. The Brendy’s at Jog and Clint Moore was near perfect with one minor violation.

Some other good reports were:

  • Jimmy John’s in Westwinds (Home Depot plaza) and Subway in Boca Greens, each with two minor violations
  • Phenomenom Nitrogen Ice Cream in Polo Club Shoppes with two minor violations
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs in Somerset Shoppes (Glades & Lyons) and Dunkin Donuts by the Jewelry Exchange with two violations each
  • Jon Smith’s Subs and Domino’s Pizza in Mission Bay with three violations each, and Panera in Mission Bay with four violations

Other Notables

Others worth noting in this report include:

  • House of Bread & Coffee near Sandalfoot and Cumberland Farms (18 violations, 3 high priority)
  • City Boys Pizza on Sandalfoot (16, 3)
  • Pollo Tropical at Lowe’s on 441 (16, 1)
  • IHOP in Mission Bay (15, 3)
  • Bagel Factory Cafe (formerly Boca Kosher Bagel) in the Boca Grove plaza (15, 1)
  • El Balcon de las Americas at 441 and Sandalfoot (13, 4)
  • Fresh Kitchen on Military Trail (10, 0)
  • Maya Flavors of India on St. Andrews near Town Center (9, 2)
  • Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood (8, 0)
  • Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza (6, 0)
  • Dominic’s on Glades by the Turnpike (5, 0)

As usual our spreadsheet for this report is below:

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7 Deadly Sins: The Restaurant Inspection Report is Back

Image by Google.

7 restaurants have been the subject of emergency orders over the past couple months, most notably Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace and Shanghai City in Lakeside Terrace. The state database we use had not been updated for a while so we held off on doing a report. This report is with updates through June 1.

Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace was temporarily shut down on May 31st. That report showed 5 high priority violations out of a total of 16. The worst of it was:

  • Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours, 1/3 pan of black beans in walk in cooler 51F, cooling overnight.( See Stop Sale.)
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area. 3 live flies on paper towel dispenser near 3 compartment sink. 1 live fly on dish rack with clean dishes. 3 live flies on covered spices over prep table. Approximately 10 live flies flying around prep table, with one landing on covered honey. 2 live flies landing on prep sink on the cook line. 2 live flies landing on prep table and dry towel.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, Poultry 47F, sliced tomatoes 46F, chicken stock 48F, salsa 47F, butter 54F, beef 45F, cooked onions 59F, pork 47F, cooked chicken 47F, raw beef 49F, cooked beef 45F, milk 52F, cooked pasta 49F, shrimp 52F, raw fish 52F, vegetable salsa 46F, all TCS food cold holding in reach in cooler across from stoves. Cook stated all food placed in cooler between 9:00 and 9:30am. All food in cooler less then 4 hours and moved to working walk in cooler. Half and half 46 degrees F, bar area in cooler overnight. (See Stop Sale)
  • Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food, spray bottles containing cleaner, stored in hand washing sink in dish area.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Half and half 46 degrees F, bar area in cooler overnight. 1/3 pan of black beans cooling overnight in walk on cooler.

In our experience these violations would not shut down a restaurant, so we’re not sure what the reason was for the closure.

Shanghai City was closed in late April due to: “Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 30 dry roach droppings on top of dish wash machine”. That inspection had 2 high priority violations out of 16 total.

Others with emergency orders were: Red Rock Oasis Bar & Grill on Lyons in Coconut Creek; ABC Chinese on Hillsboro in Deerfield; Del Aire Golf Club in Delray, and both Michel Caribbean and Taqueria Huetamo on Congress in Delray.

Aside from the closures, other inspections with over 20 violations included:

Orient House Express on SW 18th (26 violations, 4 high priority)

Brooklyn Water Bagel on Powerline at Palmetto (25, 2)

Sandalfoot Bagel (22, 6)

Good News

On the good news side of things we saw several perfect licensing inspections including the new Cream Nation ice cream sandwich place in Mission Bay, the new Benihana in Westwinds, the new second location for Pho Boca in Polo Club Shoppes, and something we just noticed – EZ Dogs in Boca Greens Plaza. That last one may be a food truck based out of that location.

Moon’s Tavern in Boca Greens had yet another perfect routine inspection.

Teriyaki Madness in Mission Bay recorded a near perfect inspection with just one minor violation.

We also noticed a Sushi Boca Cafe licensing inspection somewhere in Town Center, with two minor violations.

As always, our full spreadsheet (and this one is a long one) is below.

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