This is one of the worst inspection reports we’ve done in a while and 6 of the worst 12 are located in Delray Marketplace, including the top 2.
It starts with Japango – 39 violations including 8 marked high priority:
Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. SUN TORI Baby corn, DOLE pineapple , HUNSTY. Bamboo shoots
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 at 0ppm.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sushi cooler not maintains 41°F. fish eggs (59-62°F); ; cream cheese (63°-67°°F), cooked asparagus (63°°F), Krab (46°-57°°F ). Moved food to a working reach in cooler to attain 41°F. **Corrective Action Taken**
Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Raw fish stored over cooked duck in the walk-in freezer.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw chicken stored over ready to eat sauces, and washed vegetables.
Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Raw chicken stored over raw beef.
Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb.
Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed. Sushi chlorine sanitizer bucket at sushi counter at 300ppm.
We ate not that long ago at Japango Delray. I had the sashimi lunch. It was the worst quality sashimi I can remember having in my life. But – classic Boca – you get a lot of it for the money.
The second biggest number in the report goes to the nearby Bella Amici Pizzeria, with 36 violations, 7 high priority.
Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. license renewed during inspection. Verified with district office that the license was renewed. **Corrected On-Site**
Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately 5-7 flies in the kitchen.
Nonfood-grade lubricant in use on a meat slicer.
Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment. Observed a can of flying insect under a counter in the dining room. Mgr discarded the can. **Corrected On-Site**
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw shelled eggs stored over cooked broccoli and cooked eggplant in MASTERBILT reach in cooler. Raw chicken fingers stored over ready to eat pastry mix in walk in freezer. Raw fish stored over cooked meatballs in walk in freezer. All food were properly stored. Was warned on the last 2 inspections. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in cooler. Raw egg wash stored over raw calamari in reach in cooler by hand wash sink. **Corrected On-Site**
Spray bottle with unknown chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. Pink chemical in spray bottle on prep table. Unknown chemical in spray bottle on server prep area. Operator labeled all bottles. **Corrected On-Site**
Stepping away from Delray Marketplace, Way Beyond Bagels on Jog in Delray was temporarily closed by inspectors. You can read the details in our Facebook post.
Also on Jog Road in Delray, Henry’s had 24 violations with 6 high priority and Rotelli’s had 24 violations, 4 high priority.
Rebel House (we were just there!) in East Boca had 19 violations, 4 high priority.
Turning to better news …
We see a perfect licensing inspection (no violations) for “Di Pizza” on 441 in Parkland, just south of the county line and Lox Road. It may be replacing a place that was called Venetian.
TW’s Lounge on the west side of 441 near SW 18th had a perfect routine inspection.
City Boys Pizza on Sandalfoot, just east of 441, had a near perfect inspection with just one minor violation.
Of course you can see all the inspections in our pdf, below:
Four restaurants near West Boca had over 20 restaurant inspection violations in the last four weeks. Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace had the worst in number with 25 violations including a stop sale on salsa for temperature abuse, dozens of small flying insects in the kitchen, and a total of 10 violations marked high priority:
Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves to handle clean utensils. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Employee washed hands with no soap. **Warning**
Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately between 50-75 flies observed in food prep area/dishwashing area / servers station and bar**Warning** **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Guacamole 48° F at servers station cooler. Discarded. Corrected on site. Butter 54° F overstocked at cookline cooler. Removed over stock. Corrective action taken. Salsa at 52° F in bar area. **Warning**
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. See stop sale. Salsa cooling over night at walkin cooler at 48° F. Discarded. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Raw animal food stored in top portion of make table over ready-to-eat food in bottom portion of make table – no complete physical barrier between top and bottom. Raw fish over veggies on top of make table at cookline cooler. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Small flying insects in bar area. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. Soap over soda boxes and cleaners by drinks in bar area. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Salsa cooling overnight at walkin cooler at 48° F. **Warning**
Thermotape failed to turn black to indicate the sanitization temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit was achieved on the dish surface. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired. **Warning**
Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food. Propane over food in dry storage shelving by cookline. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Shanghai Chinese on Atlantic (24 violations, 7 high priority)
Odyssey Diner (stop sale for temperature abuse on cooked potatoes, 24 violations, 6 high priority, plus a dead roach found in a storage area)
Ho Ho Chinese (closed twice, two days in a row, for roaches, 21 violations, 5 high priority)
Ruvens (closed for roaches on May 6th, stop sale on milk, butter and cream cheese for temperature abuse, 21 violations, 6 high priority)
A routine inspection of Ruvens only two weeks later on May 21st found 13 violations including three high priority. They also had 34 violations at Ruvens in late April. Odyssey Diner had 58 violations in our March report.
Japango in Delray Marketplace had 13 violations including three high priority.
South of the border in Coconut Creek and Margate, Lemon Tree Cafe on Lyons Road had 16 violations including 2 marked high priority, while Golden Corral on Sample Road had 15 violations, all minor.
The best result in this report goes to the new Papalani Gelato which had a perfect licensing inspection. We’ll be doing a story on them shortly. A Burger King on Atlantic in Delray and NYC Sandwich Company on Powerline in Coconut Creek were next best with two minor violations each.
As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below. Readers can check any restaurant at the Florida Licensing Portal.
The new Apeiro restaurant in Delray Marketplace had one of the worst inspections we see in our latest “Near Boca” report. They had a total of 18 violations including 6 marked as “high priority.” Perhaps the biggest concern was that several foods and sauces were not kept at proper temperatures including a stop-sale. Here’s the worst of it:
Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Roasted garlic cream sauce 49°, eggplant meat 49°, Brie fondue 49°, acqua pazza sauce 49°, herb balsamic sauce 47°, bolognese sauce 47°, falafel mix 47°, cooked mushrooms 47° all in containers that were too deep, and coved and held overnight or more.
Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Foods in walk in cooler were temping in at 45° because the walk in cooler had an ambient temperature of 44-45°. Corrective action taken – operator adjusted the temperature setting for walk in cooler to a lower temperature. Walk in cooler is now reading an ambient temperature of 37°. **Corrected On-Site**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Roasted garlic cream sauce 49°, Brie fondue 49°, acqua pazza sauce 49°, eggplant meat 49°, herb balsamic sauce 47°, bolognese sauce 47°, falafel mix 47°, cooked mushrooms 47° all cooled in deep containers, covered and held overnight. Garlic and oil mixture – held at room temperature (78°) for more than 4 hours.
Thermotape failed to turn black to indicate the sanitization temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit was achieved on the dish surface. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired. **Corrected On-Site**
Apeiro’s inspection was in mid-April and indicated that a follow-up inspection is required. We don’t see that follow-up in the data yet. Burt & Max in the same plaza (and we think with the same owner) had a pretty good inspection with 7 violations.
Ruvens on Jog Road in Delray had the worst number in this report with a whopping 34 violations, 8 of them marked high priority. The worst of that was: Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Unwashed orange inside a bucket of coleslaw in walk on cooler. However, a follow-up inspection was not required.
The Burger King on Atlantic near Military Trail was closed briefly in late April due to roaches: “one live roaches in kitchen, 8 live roaches in icee machine cabinet by the ice machine.” It was reopened the same day after a quick repeat inspection.
Others in Delray with poor numbers include Zorba’s Taverna on Linton (19 violations), The Grill at the Bridges (18), Beijing Palace on Jog (18), Mr. Chen’s Hunan Palace (17) and Bagel Twins (16), both on Linton, Gramercy Bagels & Deli (15), Greek Emporium (15) and Panda Gourmet (14).
The best inspection we saw in Delray was the Subway and the Philly Grill both on Military Trail near Atlantic with 2 violations each. Broward County
The worst in Broward was China Buffet & Grill on Hillsboro west of Powerline, with 25 violations including 8 high priority and a warning issued.
Also on Hillsboro, La Brasa (at Lyons) and Muddy Waters (west of Military Trail) had 17 violations each. Duffy’s on Hillsboro had 12 violations but only one was marked high priority. Muddy Waters also had only one marked high priority. Bru’s Room on Hillsboro near 441 had 11 violations with two marked high priority. Those two looked picky to us. Food supposed to be kept below 41º was at 44º, for example. They had a call-back a week later and had only one minor violation.
The good news in Broward includes Deer Creek Country Club (whose restaurant is open to the public) and Sublicious on 441 near Holmberg, with just one minor violation each.
PBSO has identified the dead body found as “Vanessa Carmen Williams Bristol.”
The victim has been identified as Vanessa Carmen Williams Bristol, DOB: 3/22/87 for Margate. We do not believe the homicide occurred where she was found.
West Boca News reported Sunday that the body was found near Delray Marketplace. We still don’t have a lot more information. PBSO indicates that Ms. Bristol is from Margate, though we found a voter registration for her in North Miami Beach, along with other addresses in Coral Springs, West Palm Beach, and Lauderdale Lakes.
We believe this is her in these photos:
Our earlier report indicated she was “white or Hispanic.” The voter registration we found indicates Hispanic. However the woman we’ve found appears to be African-American.
If any of our readers have information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4587-TIPS.
Ms. Williams-Bristol was married to Joseph Radclif Bristol by the Broward County Clerk in 2010. We see five felony cases for Mr. Bristol from 2007 to 2014. The charges included burglary, grand theft, domestic strangulation, and child abuse.
Note: Below we updated that Mr. Bristol called. While it wasn’t a pleasant conversation, based on the fact that he called, we doubt he was involved in her death. Update: The Sun-Sentinel reports that an arrest has been made – John Eugene Chapman.
Court records show a dissolution of the Bristol marriage in 2013, effectively a divorce:
We have asked PBSO if Mr. Bristol is a suspect or has been ruled out as a suspect. We have not heard back yet. However, in light of the update, it appears he has been cleared. Mr. Bristol has a YouTube channel including this video about Adrian Peterson and beating your children:
Update: We received an angry phone call from someone who purported to be Joseph Bristol (and sounded like the guy in the video). He threatened to sue us and/or have his lawyer call us. We attempted to have a conversation but he just kept threatening to sue us if we didn’t remove the facts about him from the article. We don’t remove facts just because someone doesn’t like them.
The conversation did confirm that the body found was his ex-wife. And our strong hunch is that if he were involved in her death, he wouldn’t have called.
Our Near Boca restaurant inspection reports cover parts of Delray Beach Coconut Creek, Parkland and Deerfield Beach, and a few other spots.
Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach was hit by inspectors in February with a whopping 58 violations. Seven of the violations were “high priority” and included a stop-sale on bean soup that was not kept at the proper temperature for over 24 hours.
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. 0 PPM CHLORINE
Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. Cook. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Pancake batter 72°, corned beef hash 68°, egg wash 56°, egg white 69°, butter 72°. Single service bitter 68°. And single service sour cream 69°. Items had been on the cook line for one hour per the cook. Corrective action taken, told operator to ice down items and make an application for using time as a public health control for breakfast items on the cook line.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw unwrapped beef on top of box of ready to eat lasagna in Walk in freezer.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Shell eggs on cooks line held for one hour – temperature at 72°. Corrective action taken – placed back on reach in cooler.
Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. WD40 on shelf in cook line area.
High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Bean soup walk in cooler 46° for more than 24 hours. Corrective action taken – operator immediately threw out.
The diner is across the street from Kings Point, which likely serves as a major source of customers. Their previous inspection in December had 32 violations.
Our regular readers in West Boca and West Delray may be more concerned about the 48 violations found at Japango in Delray Marketplace in early January (yes, we fell a little behind). Eleven of those were high priority, including an unclear stop sale and live small flying insects:
All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream cheese, tuna, surimi and eel at 47-54°f in to sushi bar display case. Corrective action taken, moved inside a cooler.
Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands. **Corrected On-Site**
Live, small flying insects in food preparation area.
Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. No proof of parasite destruction provided for escolar and smoked salmon served at the sushi rice.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Shredded cabbage 79°f, tempura batter 78°f at the prep area, discarded Eel, white fish and roe at 61°f in a flip top reach in cooler, discarded. **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Brown rice at the sushi bar at 87°f, discarded. Sushi rice at 84°f, no time control, operator unable to test the ph with their ph meter. Discarded.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw shrimp over tofu in a reach in cooler. Raw beef and fish over soy sauce in the walk in cooler **Repeat Violation**
Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Poultry over seafood.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. At the cookline. Corrective action taken moved inside a cooler.
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb. Sushi bar hose attached to prep sink faucet
On the bright side they also had an inspection on Monday, March 9th and that had only one minor violation.
Other restaurants in Delray Marketplace had less than stellar inspections including Terra Fiamma, Bella Amici Pizzeria and Cinebowl with 19 violations each. Cinebowl had stop sales on chili and queso, but had a perfect follow-up inspection yesterday. Cabo Flats had 18 violatons while Tap Global Beer had 13. Shula Burger did better with only 10. On the bright side Apeiro had a perfect licensing inspection.
The best routine inspection in this report goes to the Tijuana Flats on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (across from Walmart and near Bru’s Room) with only two violations. Jimmy John’s on 441 in Coconut Creek also did well with three minor violations.
The full list of inspections, from most violations to least, is below in Excel form:
West Boca News had a pleasant lunch yesterday at Burt & Max’s in Delray Marketplace, sitting outside with Charlotte the Wonder Puppy. The location gave us a clear view of something new coming this fall.
The owners of Burt & Max’s (and a few other restaurants) will be opening Apeiro next door. It is our understanding that the new restaurant will serve Mediterranean cuisine – Apeiro is related to the Greek word “Apeiron,” which means infinite. That might explain why the P and E in the name make the infinity symbol.
This opening is a sign that Delray Marketplace is doing well. We’re fans of the Jeff Eats blog, who predicted disaster:
the Delray Marketplace will prove to be an absolute “white elephant” and a financial disaster for most of the tenants that took leases
We thought at the time that Jeff had it wrong. The population in that area is growing with The Bridges, 7 Bridges, and Valencia Cove all going up. It’s a nice plaza. Now if only they’d fix the parking at Delray Marketplace. Adding another dinner restaurant will only make things worse.
Here’s another picture showing the space it will occupy:
We reached out to Burt Rapoport via Twitter and will update this story if we learn more.
Update: See our newer article – Cabo Flats Jacks Up Prices
Thursday we finally got to the new Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace. It’s a Mexican restaurant that reminded us of Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park and Rocco’s Tacos near Town Center.
Like those two Cabo has ample and attractive outdoor seating.
The interior is so big it was hard for us to get a good picture, but we took a shot at it.
We went for lunch. There’s no lunch menu and most of the entrees seemed pricey by lunch standards. However there are quesadillas and tacos at lower prices, with individual tacos as low as $3. This again reminded us of Rocco’s Tacos, which has similar taco deals.
We started with a guacamole appetizer. The menu describes it as “made to order” but our server didn’t ask how we wanted it. It came out bland which is how my companion likes it. It did have a good creamy texture.
I was in a cheap mood so I just had two tacos, one chicken and the other beef. They’re $3 each, and were good but not great. The tacos at Tijuana Flats are better, though Cabo has a far nicer atmosphere.
Companion had the Pancho Villa quesadilla, with chicken. It was very good – we both liked it.
Overall we liked it and we will go back. The fajitas are the real test for us and we will try them next time.