28 Violations at Tanjore: Bad Start for New Indian Restaurant

There’s plenty of good news in this week’s report but we have to start with a couple of bad inspections.
Topping this report was the new Tanjore, an Indian restaurant in Royal Palm Place. Apparently Sapphire closed and this has replaced it. Their first inspection showed 28 total violations including 3 that the inspector marked as high priority. All 3 related to improper use of bare hands or lack of hand washing. Oddly we did not see a licensing inspection.

Boca Grove entrance; image by Google.

The other big number was Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club with 23 violations and a whopping 10 marked high priority. The membership will probably not be thrilled to see these:

  • Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee handled personal cellphone and then handled bread without changing gloves or washing hands. Employee washed hands and changed gloves. **Corrected On-Site**
  • No proof of parasite destruction or aquaculture documentation for cold smoked salmon served raw or undercooked. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. Parasite destruction records provided. Aquaculture / pellet fed. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese 62° F, tomatoes 65°F, lettuce 56-61F, cheese 60°,garbanzo 52°,chicken 58-60°,tuna salad 59°, chicken salad 59°, egg salad 57°, blue cheese dressing 51°,antipasto salad 57°,tomato mozzarella salad 50°,potato salad 60°,cole slaw 55°,tomatoes 59-62°,cantaloupe 61°melon 61°,watermelon 59°,mozzarella 58, cheddar 59°,tomatoes 57°,mushroom 56°,onions 54°, goat cheese 58°, feta 57°,egg whites 49°, liquid eggs 50°, pooled eggs 47°, turkey 110-133°, corned beef 124-135°, pastrami 121-158°, couscous 72°,tuna salad 43-49°, pasta salad 42°,close slaw 43°, tomato 40°, cheese 49°, and melon 50°F all at buffet. Foods time marked. Emailed time as a public health control documentation. **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. See stop sale. Split pea soup 47° F , Italian wedding soup 50° F and butter squash 45° F all Cooling over night at walkin cooler in large plastic containers. Foods have not been moved from cooler since last night. Foods discarded. See Stop Sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Turkey 110-133°F, corned beef 124° F , pastrami 121° F at main buffet area .Time marked. Turkey 115-128°, French fries 118°F ,chicken wings 103-111°F and ,fish 116° F in employee cafeteria buffet. Discarded. Sauerkraut 110° F at cookline steam table. Sent to be reheated. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Herb dill sauce date marked 10/7/17, pasta date marked 10/14/17, BBQ sauce date marked 10/11/17, marinara sauce date marked 10/18/17 ,and roasted chicken stock date marked 10/15/17 All stored at walkin cooler. Foods discarded.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation. See stop sale. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Herb dill sauce date marked 10/7/17, pasta date marked 10/14/17, BBQ sauce date marked 10/11/17, marinara sauce date marked 10/18/17 ,and roasted chicken stock date marked 10/15/17 All stored at walkin cooler. Foods discarded.
  • Self-service salad bar/buffet lacking adequate sneezeguards or other proper protection from contamination. Observed no sneeze guard protection in employee cafeteria and main customer buffet.
  • 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. See stop sale. Split pea soup 47° F , Italian weeding soup 50° F and butter squash 45° F all Cooling over night at walkin cooler in large plastic containers. Foods have not been moved from cooler since last night. Foods discarded.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. Observed no vacuum breaker on hose near handwash sink in prep area.

Turning to the good news, there were a few perfect inspections:Sloan’s Ice Cream in Mizner Park; Tijuana Flats in Mission Bay; Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria in Polo Club Shoppes; Shadowood Theater; and Le Rivage French in East Boca.
The new Duffy’s in Mission Bay had a near perfect inspection with just one minor violation. There were three perfect licensing inspections, for the new Texas Roadhouse on Lyons in Coconut Creek, Argentinian Grill on Federal Highway in East Boca, and also for Bottoms Up on 441 in Coral Springs, a “GastroPub and Tap House.”
Other notables in this report include:
Sushigo on Federal Highway had just two violations
Boston Market in Shadowood (2 violations, 0 high priority)
Bolay in Polo Club Shoppes (2 violations, 0 high priority)
The Subways in Woodfield (aka Regency Court) and Polo Club Shoppes each had two violations
Padrino’s in Mission Bay had 3 minor violations
Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood (3, 0)
Rancheritos in Somerset Shoppes (3, 0)
Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream in Woodfield/Regency (4, 0) – we just ate there tonight
TooJay’s in Polo Club Shoppes (4, 1)
Miller’s Ale House in Boca Lyons Plaza (6, 1)
Cherry Smash Ice Cream in Coral Springs (6, 0)
M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom (13, 2)
Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:
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43 Violations at Asia: Restaurant Inspections

Asia “Sushi Wok Grill”; image by Google

We were surprised to see 43 violations at Asia, a kosher Asian restaurant on the west side of Powerline at Camino Real. They’ve had mostly great inspections over the last couple of years. We have eaten there and like the place.
12 of the violations were marked as high priority, including multiple stop sales for dented cans, mold on a cucumber, and temperature abuse on cooked beef:

  • Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. Pineapple and corn cans with dents at the seams.
  • Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee went from cleaning to handling clean dishes and food without washing hands first. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee touched face and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment without washing hands. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee washed hands with cold water. Water 80° F. Employees washed hands with water at over 100° F. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Food with mold-like growth. Cucumber with mold like growth at sushi bar cooler. Food discarded. See stop sale.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. No parasite destruction records observed For salmon served raw on sushi.
  • 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. Cooked Beef 47-53° F Cooling on make table top at cookline flip top cooler overnight. Food discarded.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking. Sushi rice not time marked. Rice discarded. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw pooled Eggs stored behind cooked chicken on make table top at cookline flip top cooler where dripping from the egg may contaminate the chicken when being pulled forward. Eggs moved to the front . Corrected on site. Raw shelled eggs over spices at walkin cooler. Eggs moved. Corrected on site Raw beef over butter at walkin cooler. Foods moved and properly stored. Corrected on site. Raw fish over veggies at sushi bar cooler. Raw chicken over wonton and Raw beef over puff pastries at walkin freezer.
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Raw chicken over raw beef.
  • 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. Beef 47-53° F Cooling on make table top at cookline flip top cooler overnight. Food discarded.
  • Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Rubbing alcohol and glue over prep area at cookline. Clean Utensils hanging next to soap dispenser by handwash sink in dishwashing area where soap may spill onto the clean utensils. Soap and cleaners next to flour under oven at cookline. Butane next to bowls in cookline area shelving unit. Disinfectants over cups in drink station. Chemicals moved and properly stored.

Others with more than 10 violations in this report were:

Kiki’s Asian Bistro on Federal Highway (21 violations, 5 high priority)
Bahama Grill on 441 in Parkland (18, 8)
Chaiyo Thai Grill on Military Trail in Delray (15, 3)
Brooklyn Water Bagel on Federal Highway (11, 3)

Blue Agave on 441 in Parkland also made the bad list (15, 3). The worst of it was one live roach and a few dead roaches, but they were not closed for it. Blue Agave is one of our regular places to eat and this one inspection won’t stop us. Their follow-up inspection the next day had only two minor violations. Previous inspections dating back to 2014 have been pretty good.
Good News

Mission Bay – space where Rotelli’s used to be. Burger IM coming soon.

There’s plenty of good news in this report. First of all in Mission Bay we noticed a perfect licensing inspection for “Burgers”. We think this is the soon to open Burgerim franchise that will sell a variety of sliders in the former Rotelli’s space. You can read more about the chain here: Burgerim at Burgerbeast. This might be a tough location since the LA Fitness entrance moved, but we are rooting for them and can’t wait to try it.

We don’t see a licensing inspection yet for Duffy’s in Mission Bay but they tell us the grand opening will be in early November and one source tells us they may have a soft open a few days earlier:


A new location for the Moon Thai is opening near Town Center by the Greenwise Publix. It’s the same chain as the one next to Regal Magnolia theater in Coral Springs.
In other good news, Vinny’s All Day Cafe by Woodfield and Tucci’s Pizza in East Boca had perfect routine inspections.
Our full spreadsheet from this report is below:
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Ragin' Asians: 20 or More Violations at Four Asian Restaurants

Four Asian restaurants “top” our latest inspection report, each with 20 violations or more.

Images by Google.

The worst hit was Wanfu Chinese on Sample near Powerline in Pompano Beach. Inspectors reported 33 total violations, 6 of them high priority, stop sale orders for temperature abuse, and temporary closed the restaurant for rodent activity:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All TCS foods in M3 flip top cooler found at 47°-53°F , as per operator, all items were in unit for more than 6 hours. See stop sale.
  • 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 sanitizer found at 10 ppm.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 2 flies in kitchen.
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Observed raw ground beef over pork in walk in cooler
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 1 fresh rodent dropping under dishwashing table, approximately 10 fresh droppings under food preparation sink, 1 fresh dropping at employees restroom door, 5 dry droppings under Hobart mixer and 1 fresh dropping found at dry storage area.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All TCS foods in M3 flip top cooler found at 47°-53°F , as per operator, all items were in unit for more than 6 hours. See stop sale.

Their past inspection record is a mixed bag, though this is the worst we’ve seen from them.
The other three were in Boca, including:

Sushi Masa on Glades near Town Center, with 23 violations, 3 of them high priority
Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place (20, 3)
Basilic Vietnamese on Federal Highway (20, 2)

Schwartz’s Deli in Coconut Creek.

Rodents also shut down Schwartz’s Deli on Lyons in Coconut Creek. Inspectors reported 19 violations with 6 high priority:

  • 1 Rusted can of globe apple topping present. See stop sale.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. Harbor banks brand.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter found on cookline prep table at 80°F, as per operator, item had been place on prep table 3 hours before inspection. Operator place item on ice to expedite temperature. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Ground beef stored over steak in walk in freezer. Raw ground beef stored over bread and cooked potatoes in walk in freezer. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 10 fresh rodent droppings found behind blue bunny cooler at front counter service station. Observed 4 flying insect in kitchen area.
  • Server handled soiled dishes or utensils and then picked up plated food, served food, or prepared a beverage without washing hands. Cook washed hands with cold water. Hot water takes too long to reach handwash sink resulting in employees using only cold water to wash their hands. Sink in cookline. Cook rubbed hands together for less than 10-15 seconds while washing hands. **Corrected On-Site**

There was one other shutdown of note. Hacienda Mexican on Military Trail in Delray was closed for roach activity with 11 violations including 5 high priority:

  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken, Beef, cut tomatoes and sour cream between 47°F and 50°F in flip top cooler across Grill, for less than 2 hours. Employee moved items into cooler at prep area. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared from/mixed with ingredient(s) at ambient temperature not cooled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 4 hours. Burrito Salsa 50°F- 56°F, salsa 44°F-57°F in walk in cooler, prepared yesterday.
  • Raw shell eggs not properly stored based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Raw unpasteurized shell eggs stored over raw beef, raw shrimp and fish. Operator placed shell eggs on bottom shelf. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 7 live roaches inside unused flip top cooler to left of cook line. Cooler not plugged in. 4 live roaches behind loose cove molding to the left of cook line. 2 live roaches under ice machine.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Burrito Salsa 50°F- 56°F, salsa 44°F-57°F, in walk in cooler, prepared yesterday.

Inspectors also found a number of dead roaches: Dead roaches on premises. 7 dead roaches inside unused cooler across cook line. 1 dead on ledge ice machine. 1 dead roach under ice machine. 7 dead roaches under cook line.
Turning to the good news, it starts with a perfect licensing inspection for Burton’s Grill in the new Park Place plaza on Military Trail north of Yamato. We believe they opened today (Monday).

We also see a perfect licensing inspection for a new chain, HM Palettas, which serves gelato pops on a stick in Town Center.
The McDonald’s in Shadowood recorded a perfect routine inspection.
There weren’t many other notables this week in West Boca, but our full spreadsheet for this report is below:
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21 Violations at Rack's in Mizner: Restaurant Inspection Report

Rack’s in Mizner Park; image by Google.

We ate at Rack’s Downtown Eatery in Mizner Park earlier this month and enjoyed our meal. While we had not yet seen the latest inspection, it doesn’t seem as bad as the big number suggests.
Rack’s was reported as having 21 total violations include 3 high priority:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in drawers at cook line cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Drawers: ; beef patties (51-53°F – Cold Holding); calamari (54°F – Cold Holding); shrimp (53°F – Cold Holding); lobster (47°F – Cold Holding); salmon (50°F – Cold Holding); fish (50°F – Cold Holding); steak (51°F – Cold Holding). All foods were brought from the walk in cooler 30 minutes ago. Drawers has an ambient temperature of of 54°F. Chef moved all foods back to walk in cooler. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked ribs (56°F – Cold Holding); cooked potatoes (55°F – Cold Holding), second flip top has an ambient temperature of 57°F. Chef moved all TCS foods to walk in cooler. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Heat strip failed 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. Operator called for service. **Corrective Action Taken**

While not great to see, these aren’t nearly as bad as some others we’ve seen and this would not stop us from eating there again.
The biggest number in West Boca went to Lindburgers with 17 violations including 3 high priority.

  • Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. HOT HOLDING (Cok Line) – grilled onions 66° mushrooms 96° chili 66° all at 11:25pm
  • 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. – tested twice at 0PPM – service company in route **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. – manual warewashing taking place with NO sanitizer step.

That first one looks like an inspector error since onions and mushrooms are not meats or poultry. We eat at Lindburgers occasionally and this would not keep us away.
The worst inspection in this report was for Magical Rice on Federal Highway with 24 violations including 5 high priority.
On the good news side of things, one of our favorite Italian restaurants in West Boca recorded a perfect inspection. Stallone’s had zero violations.
Also arguable good news, the Coral Springs Steak and Shake on 441 reopened at the end of August after being shut down for a few days as we reported.
And we apparently now have two “nitrogen” ice cream places in or near West Boca. The Chill-N Nitrogen place near Woodfield (aka Regency Court) had 3 violations, 1 high priority. Phenomenom Nitrogen in the new plaza on Military Trail had 1 high priority violation.
McDonald’s and Brendy’s on Clint Moore at Jog were both near perfect with one minor violation each.

Other notable inspections include:
Crepe Cafe in Royal Palm Place had 17 violations, 3 high priority
Basilic Vietnamese Grill on Federal Highway (14, 2)
Capitini’s Italian Deli on Rogers Circle (11, 5)
Punjab on Federal Highway (10, 4)
Renzo’s Cafe Pizzeria on Clint Moore (9, 2)
Villagio in Mizner Park (8, 3)
The Dubliner in Mizner Park (7, 3)
Ben’s Deli and Temper Grille in The Reserve each had 7 violations, 1 high priority; Tempura House had a call back with 6 violations, 1 high priority.
Bamboo Wok and Chen’s Yokohama on opposite sides of Glades each had 6 minor violations.
Burger King on Glades near Boca Rio (2, 1)
Subway on 441 near Winikoff (2, 0)
Shen’s Peking on Glades (2, 0)

Our full spreadsheet is below:
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Inspectors Close Steak & Shake Twice: Restaurant Inspections


State inspectors closed the Coral Springs Steak & Shake (441 south of Wiles) two days in a row. As of this writing we think it is still closed.
The current issues started with a complaint-prompted inspection on August 23rd which showed 9 total violations including 3 marked high priority. We’re not sure but we think the main problem is a ceiling leak that is allowing water to splash onto food items:

Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Water splashes from ceiling onto clean stacked pans on shelves next to dish machine and splashes onto buns, water droplets observed on plastic packaging containing buns. Stop sale issued on 2 packages of buns, about 60 buns. Manager discarded buns at time of inspection. **Repeat Violation**

The closure orders were on the 25th and 26th. Inspections also noted small flying insects in the kitchen. Other than that the reports and numbers don’t seem that bad.
The worst local inspection in West Boca was for Dominic’s in Westwinds (near Home Depot) with 20 violations. On the bright side only three were high priority:

  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. – pot washer unaware of appropriate manual ware-washing procedures. Manual washing taking place for all pots and pans without a sanitizer step
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. WALK IN COOLER – red sauce 88° Red Sauce cooked yesterday 8/22 and placed in walk n cooler. See Stop Sale
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food heated to a temperature above 135 degrees Fahrenheit not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. WALK IN COOLER – red sauce 88° Red Sauce cooked yesterday 8/22 and placed in walk n cooler. See Stop Sale

Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood also had big numbers with 18 violations, 4 high priority:

  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. – food prep top areas have built up soil and food residue.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. – operator has verification for salmon only. Verification letter needed from vendor supplying talapia and snapper.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking and the time removed from temperature control cannot be determined. See stop sale.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. – at rear sterile mopsink.

The worst overall numbers for this report were for La Bamba in Margate with 18 violations. A whopping 9 marked high priority and some are pretty disturbing.

  • Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands. Observed in cookline, cooks are handling raw beef and chicken and then wiping hands with gloves, on aprons, and then handling clean plates and ready to eat foods without handwashing.
  • Employee touched soiled surface and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed cook handle raw tenderized beef with gloves on and then handled a clean plate to put food on for an order without washing hands.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed in Open top cooler:; cut lettuce (54-55°F – Cold Holding); sliced tomatoes (55-60°F – Cold Holding); pico de gallo (53°F – Cold Holding), employees put foods on ice as instructed to reduce temperature. Operator has multiple cold holding units. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Quaternary ammonium sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual warewashing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed it at 100ppm ,employee began to fill sanitization compartment again. **Corrective Action Taken** **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Observed in 2 door cooler in cookline: raw beef in container stored above precooked chicken and potato fries. Operator stored it properly. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Observed raw chicken in container stored above raw fish, operator properly stored foods. **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. Observed with cooked mole sauce, 10lbs, with cooked peppers in large walk in cooler, it is dated 08/15/17 and today is 08/22/17. Operator instructed to discard it.
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation. See stop sale. Observed with cooked mole sauce, 10lbs, with cooked peppers in large walk in cooler, it is dated 08/15/17 and today is 08/22/17. Operator instructed to discard it.
  • Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Raw fruits not washed prior to preparation. Observed with whole tomatoes that were diced in kitchen prep area, 2cups of diced tomatoes, employee did not wash them before dicing, he discarded them as instructed and washed other tomatoes before dicing. Tomatoes ready to eat.

The Yacht Club Restaurant in East Boca’s Royal Palm Yacht Club also got hit with 18 violations, 8 of them high priority.

For good news, Jon Smith’s Subs in Mission Bay registered a perfect inspection with zero violations. Other perfect reports include Hollywood at the Hamptons on Kimberly, the Boca city golf course (north side of Glades west of the Turnpike), Tomasso’s Pizzeria on Palmetto just east of I-95 (our favorite pizza and sandwiches in East Boca), and Fit Food Fresh in East Boca.

In Somerset Shoppes, both Original Pancake House and Yogurt Zone registered near perfect inspections one minor violation each.
Domino’s Pizza in Mission Bay and the new Little Brazil on Glades near the Turnpike both did well with just two violations each.
Other notables include:
Tutti Frutti in Shadowood (3 minor violations)
Dunkin Donuts on Glades near the International Jewelers Exchange (3 violations, 1 high priority)
Subway in Boca Greens (3, 1)
Shinju Buffet on Glades at the Turnpike entrance (3, 1)
Pei Wei at 441 south of Glades (4, 1)
Subway on Glades across from the Jewelers Exchange (4, 1)
Casa Tequila next to that Subway (6, 2)
Boon’s in Boca Greens (6, 2)
Boca Grill in Somerset Shoppes (6, 1)
Gary Woo Express on Yamato near 441 (7, 2)
Pho Boca on Glades west of Lyons (8, 0)
Dunkin Donuts on Lyons at Kimberly (8, 0)
Sinbad on Lyons at Kimberly (10, 0)
Our spreadsheet for this report is below:
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25 Violations at Las Fajitas: Over 80 inspections in this report

Las Fajitas on Dixie Highway. Image by Google

Las Fajitas, a Mexican restaurant on Dixie Highway, had the worst numbers in our latest restaurant inspection report. Inspectors noted 25 total violations including 7 marked high priority:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed ambient temperature of walking cooler 47°. Food products were temping between 47° to 62°, Raw steak 47°, raw chicken 49°, boiled tomato sauces 49°, cut lettuce 62°. See stop sale for tomatoes sauce and cut lettuce.
  • Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours. Observed:Cooling cooked tomatoes: 1:15pm temperature range of 105-121 second temperature at 2:45pm temperature range if 99°-107°. At this rate tomatoes are not going to reach 70° within two hours. After reviewing with chef he is moving tomatoes to walk in cooler to speed up cooling process. Tomatoes are stored in walkin cooler in flat sheet with no cover.
  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Observed raw chicken in reach in freezer next to ready to eat cooked tomatoes. Tomatoes were just in a tray with no cover or protection.
  • Raw fish cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed raw fish at 49° in flip top cooler in front of the stove. Chef put ice bag over fish. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. observed temperature in flip top cooler had an ambient temperature of 50°. Raw steak 47°, raw fish 50°, and raw chicken 46° After reviewing with chef ice bags were place on top of food **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed food in walking cooler with temperatures between 47°-62°. Stored Items had over 24 hours out of temperature. Stop sale for shredded lettuce 49°, cut tomatoes 49°cut lettuce62° sauces base on boiled tomatoes 47°.
  • Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Observed spray battle stored in hand wash sink.

Follow-up inspections each of the next two days showed that nearly all of the problems had been resolved. We should note that Las Fajitas has been one of our favorite Mexican places and one inspection like this will not stop us from going there.
Three places in Town Center each had more than 10 violations. DaVinci’s was second on the list with 16 violations including 5 high priority. California Pizza Kitchen had 14 violations with 7 marked high priority. And Blue Martini had 12 violations, 3 high priority.
On the positive side of things, Lucille’s BBQ in Delray Marketplace had a perfect inspection with zero violations.

We also see a licensing inspection for Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream in the Woodfield plaza at Yamato and Jog.

Some other good inspections include Corner Bakery Cafe (2 minor violations) and La Spada’s Hoagies (3 minor violations), both just east of Town Center. Miller’s Ale House in Boca Lyons Plaza did pretty good with 4 violations, 2 high priority.
For all the inspections, see our spreadsheet, below:
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Steak N' Shake Closed for Leak in Coral Springs: Restaurant Inspections


Our latest inspection report is one of the better ones we’ve seen, with no restaurant getting more than 15 violations and no more than 7 marked high priority. While its numbers weren’t that bad, Steak N’ Shake in Coral Springs was temporarily closed on June 7th, apparently due to a roof leak that got into the food:

Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Observed water leaking from ceiling light in walk in cooler, tray with packaged turkey slices, under leaking light, is sitting in accumulation of water in pan, operator stated that he is not sure if it’s from the leaking light. Operator instructed to discard turkey, about 3lbs.

Inspectors noted a total of 11 violations with one other “high priority” violation involving live small flying insects. The restaurant was cleared two days later in a follow-up inspection with zero violations.
Closer to West Boca, Bru’s Room on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek had the most high priority violations with 7:

  • Cooked meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed cooked chicken in walk in cooler between 44-47°F, as per operator, chicken has been cooling from yesterday. Observed cooked ribs in walk in cooler between 45°-47°F , as per operator, ribs has been cooling from Tuesday. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked pasta at 50°F in reach in cooler from yesterday . 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. See stop sale. Observed cooked chicken in walk in cooler between 44-47°F, as per operator, chicken has been cooling from yesterday. Observed cooked ribs in walk in cooler between 45°-47°F , as per operator, ribs has been cooling from Tuesday.
  • Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw chicken in reach in cooler from yesterday at 51°F. Raw fish in reach in cooler from yesterday at 52°F . See stop sale.
  • Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. Sanitizer found in bar next to bottles with alcohol. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed cooked chicken in walk in cooler between 44-47°F, as per operator, chicken has been cooling from yesterday. Observed cooked ribs in walk in cooler between 45°-47°F , as per operator, ribs has been cooling from Tuesday. Raw chicken in reach in cooler from yesterday at 51°F. Raw fish in reach in cooler from yesterday at 52°F . Cooked pasta at 50°F in reach in cooler from yesterday
  • Vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or on fitting/splitter added to mop sink faucet. **Repeat Violation**

The Chipotle near Palmetto and Powerline had 7 violations, 5 high priority, mostly related to food temperatures (lettuce, sour cream and shredded cheese) with a stop sale.

Bar Louie in the Promenade center, Coconut Creek, had the biggest numbers with 15 total violations, 4 of them high priority. Duffy’s on Hillsboro also had 15 violations, 2 high priority.
We also noticed one interesting licensing inspection.
Bahama Grill will be opening on 441 in Parkland in the space formerly occupied by The Whale. We reached out to them but were not able to get a target opening date yet. Their inspection had 5 violations with 1 high priority.
Other notables include:
Fah Asian Bistro on Federal Highway (14 violations, 6 high priority)
Nick’s New Haven Style Pizza near Town Center (14, 4)
El Jefe Luchador in Town Center (13, 4)
Cooper’s Hawk in Promenade (11, 4)
Blue Agave on 441 in Parkland (11, 0)
Original Pancake House on Glades (7, 4)
Tilted Kilt near the Boca Airport (7, 3)
Panera in Town Center Circle, Military Trail south of Glades (7, 1)
Seasons 52 near Town Center (6, 4)
Sybarite Pig, Shadowood (6, 1)
Pinon Grill in Town Center (3, 0)
Tossed in Town Center (3, 0)
Sapphire Indian in Royal Palm (2, 0)
Five Guys Burgers near Town Center (2, 0)
As usual, our spreadsheet is below.
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Fresh Rodent Droppings and 35 Violations Close Sapphire

Four Asian restaurants in East Boca “top” our list for this report: Sapphire, Kanpai, Nori and Lemongrass.

Sapphire Restaurant in Royal Palm Place; image by Google.

It’s tough when we see a bad inspection for a place we like. Sapphire is our favorite Indian restaurant in Boca – and yes it still is even after this.
On May 18th Sapphire was hit with 35 violations (5 high priority) and a temporary closure. The worst of it was this:

Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 50 plus fresh rodent droppings under dry storage shelf. 30+ fresh rodent droppings under shelf next to walk in cooler 15 fresh rodent droppings under shelf contains bag in the box sodas 25+ fresh rodent droppings under fryer and grill at cook line 10+ fresh rodent droppings under prep table at cook line . No door between dry storage and kitchen.

They were able to reopen the next day with a total of 8 violations, none high priority.
Others with over 20 violations include:

  • Kanpai at Palmetto Park and Federal Highway (29 violations, 7 high priority)
  • Nori on East Palmetto Park (28 violations, 10 high priority)
  • Lemongrass, just south of Mizner Park (22, 7)

Good News
On the good news side of things, there were some perfect inspections with zero violations. Most notable were Lucille’s BBQ in Delray Marketplace and Chick N Chop in the Kmart plaza on Palmetto Park Road.

Also perfect: Rocksteady Jamaican on Federal Highway, the Marriott at Boca Center, and a perfect licensing inspection for Paladium Sports Bar on Sample in Margate.
Cafe 5150 and The Mirage at the Marriott were both near perfect with just one violation each. Other notable good inspections were as noted below.

  • Steak N’ Shake on 441 in Coral Springs: 1 minor violation
  • Sicilian Oven off St. Andrews near Town Center: 2 violations
  • Apura on Powerline near Olive Garden: 3 minor violations
  • Shake Shack on Glades near FAU: 3 minor violations
  • Sybarite Pig: 4 violations


Last but maybe not least, there appears to be a new restaurant replacing the short-lived West Boca location of Hot Dog Opolis. “Hummus Culture” had a licensing inspection on May 17th with 3 violations. We’re not sure if they’re open yet. We were in the plaza Friday and didn’t notice it. Regardless we hope to try it soon and wish them luck.
As usual our spreadsheet is below.
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Terrible Inspections in Delray Marketplace … Again

Japango and Bella Amici in Delray Marketplace; image by Google

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**

Other big numbers at Delray Marketplace include:

Cabo Flats (28 violations, 5 high priority)
Apeiro (25, 4)
Shula Burger (24, 7)
Cinebowl & Grille (19, 2)

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:
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Dukes's Hazards – Restaurant Inspection Report

Tucker Dukes Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach; image by Google.

It’s a close call for worst inspection in this report but the best known of the choices is Tucker Dukes Lunchbox on Powerline in Deerfield Beach. Their late April inspection showed 27 total violations including 7 high priority, live flying insects, and a stop sale order.

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Pork (44°F – Cold Holding); turkey (44°F – Cold Holding); chicken (45°F – Cold Holding); pasta (49°°F – Cold Holding) ground beef 45°, cooked rice 49° Operator had told to place ice on the above items. See stop sale on pasta **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Chef touching raw chicken, raw ground beef and raw fish, change his gloves but failed to wash his hands, then pursue to portioned cheese unto sandwich buns. Chef was told to wash his hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. **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. Observed cooked rice and pasta in walk in cooler at 49° ; as per operator, both items were cooked from yesterday. See stop sale.
  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Observed raw ground turkey stored over cook ham and cut onions in walk in cooler, operator removed and stored properly. **Corrected On-Site**
  • 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. Observed cooked rice and pasta in walk in cooler at 49° ; as per operator, both items were cooked from yesterday.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. Outside at exit door.

Ironically the Tucker Dukes food truck at the same address had a nearly perfect inspection with only one minor violation.
Two Chinese restaurants also were in the running for bad news. Panda Gourmet on Jog in Delray had 26 total violations, 6 of them high priority including both a live roach and 40 dried rodent droppings. Their follow-up inspection two days later was much better.
Chinatown on Wiles in Parkland had 25 violations, 8 high priority. Their list included multiple dented cans (stop sale), live flying insects, dead worms and a live lizard.
The worst of West Boca was the TooJay’s near Town Center with 20 violations. 5 of them were high priority including 3 separate handwashing errors and this week’s most common problem – live flying insects.
Tempura House on Clint Moore did somewhat better but not great with 14 violations, 3 high priority including a stop sale that looks like a temperature issue with some ribs.
Other notables in this report include:

  • El Mariachi in Coral Springs (19 violations, 7 high priority)
  • Japango on 441 in Parkland (15, 3)
  • Ruvens on Jog in Delray (13, 1)
  • Shinju Buffet (7, 3)

Good News

On the good side of things, Sushi Jessie on Federal Highway had a perfect inspection. Their previous inspection was also very good. We may have to try this place.
The 16 Handles yogurt place on Glades near FAU also had a perfect inspection. Cups Frozen Yogurt in Town Center was near perfect with one minor violation.
Other near-perfect inspections were reported for Funky Buddha Lounge, Fresh Kitchen and Papa Johns on Federal Highway, Earl of Sandwich in Town Center’s food court, and Lemongrass Hotpot at Boca Grove.
Jimmy the Greek on Glades did well with just 2 violations. Bonefish Grill at Boca Grove had 3. Houston’s had a respectable 4.
Our spreadsheet for this report:
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