This is our restaurant inspection report for West Boca (generally west of Military Trail). You can also see our most recent reports for East Boca and Near Boca, as well as our previous West Boca inspection report.
There have been some changes at the Mama’s NYC Pizza in Loggers’ Run Plaza. We had heard there was an ownership change and that’s reflected in a state corporate Sunbiz filing (tiff file) from July. We’ve also heard from readers that the quality changed, though some told us it was better and others said it had gotten worse.
Apparently the restaurant inspector thinks it’s gotten worse. Mama’s NYC was hit with 26 total violations in their October 1 inspection. On the bright side only two of the violations were marked “high priority,” and those aren’t the worst we’ve seen.
Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food.
Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Veal 52°-56°, raw chicken 53°, chicken wings 52°, egg plant 55° corrective action taken wa[s] to put all items in walk-in cooler
The other violations were minor and some involved paperwork. By comparison the inspection in January under the previous owner had only nine minor violations.
The runner-up for worst inspection was Hong Kong Palace, on Powerline south of Palmetto Park Road (the plaza behind Olive Garden). They had 22 violations including three high priority related to food storage and temperatures.
For the good news portion of this report, twelve places had perfect inspections and three were near-perfect with only one minor violation each. Most notable to us were Bruce’s of Great Neck on the west side of 441; Sybarite Pig in Shadowood Square; and the Sandalfoot Bagel restaurant (1 minor violation). Perfect Inspections:
Zoey’s Hot Dog (cart and truck)
Brendy’s (Polo Club)
Aunt Adele Empanada’s (new food truck)
Subway (inside the YMCA)
The Oaks Bistro (clubhouse for The Oaks)
Boca Pointe Country Club
And three places inside Woodfield Country Club Near-Perfect
Coconut Cove Waterpark
and the Shadowood 16 Theaters
The Subway in Loggers’ Run Plaza did well with only three minor violations (we actually got sandwiches there yesterday). Brendy’s on Clint Moore at Jog had 3 violations with one marked high priority, though it doesn’t seem that bad to us:
Displayed food not properly protected from contamination no overhead protection from uncovered and not inverted ice cream cones.
Mozart Cafe at the west end of Camino Real had 11 violations but all were minor.
In the Polo Club Shoppes, Kagura Sushi had 8 violations with 2 high priority related to food temperatures, and Josef’s Table had 12 violations with 3 high priority related to hand washing and food storage.
We’ve changed how we break down restaurant inspections geographically into three areas: West Boca, East Boca, and what we call “Near Boca.” We covered East Boca inspections about a week ago, and West Boca Inspections a week before that. For Near Boca we include parts of Delray Beach, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Margate, Coral Springs, and Deerfield Beach.
This report’s worst is an easy call. CJ’s Drafthouse in Deerfield Beach got clobbered by inspectors with a whopping 53 violations.
It was so bad that it got covered by a local TV station’s “Dirty Dining” segment:
They were closed for a day, and had the same thing happen to them in June. They have a long history of inspections that were bad enough to require follow-up inspections. Here’s the full list of “high-priority” violations from this inspection, including live flies, roaches and rodents:
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 when tested.
Grease interceptor/trap overflowing onto floor/ground.
Numerous live flies in kitchen.
Pesticide-emitting strip present in food prep area.
Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment, Raid and hot shot insect sprays on shelves in kitchen, 5 cans of raid on shelf in front of reachin cooler.
Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit in reachin cooler by cookline. Note: Operator said they are working, took corrective action by placing ice on products.
Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found, 6 next to dish machine, 4 in imperial oven by cookline, 1 on clipboard on wall across from cookline, 3 with eggs intact on hand wash sink infront of cookline.
Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found, approximately 10 moist on shelf next to hand wash sink in front of three compartments sink, approximately 20 moist on pot cover on shelf in storage area, approximately 20 moist behind reachin freezer, approximately 40 moist behind dish machine, approximately 60 moist under shelf by dish machine, approximately 4 moist on bag with sugar on shelf in front of walkin cooler, 2 moist on top of cream Saran wrapped container with bread on shelf in front of walkin cooler, 3 moist on wall next to rear door, approximately 25 on top of reachin cooler next to ice machine, 2 moist on top of hot water heater, 3 moist on floor on the west side of the bar, 6 moist on wall in dining room.
Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition, flour bag with evidence of rodent bites, and bag with sugar with evidence of moist rodent droppings.
Toxic substance/chemical stored in food preparation area with potential to cause cross contamination, raid.
CJ’s Drafthouse is at the intersection of Hillsboro and Military Trail.
Other restaurants that stood out to us this week include:
Also in Deerfield Beach, the Paragon theater had only 5 violations. The worst of it was paperwork issues.
In Coconut Creek’s Promenade, Saito’s Steakhouse had 12 violations, but they were mostly minor ones and did not require a follow-up inspection or any other warnings. Salad Creations there had 11 mostly minor violations, and La Via Ristorante had only 3 violations, all minor.
Butterfly World (Lyons Road & Sample in Coconut Creek) had the best performance in this report with two separate inspections on October 1st. One inspection had a perfect zero violations and the other had only one minor violation. Just north of the Sawgrass on Lyons, The WOW Factory had six violations, all minor.
On Sample Road in Margate, La Bamba had 10 violations with one marked high priority, and Golden Corral had 7 minor violations.
On the west side of Sample in Coral Springs, the results were pretty good. Uncle JC Chinese was the worst with 7 mostly minor violations. A paperwork issue will require a follow-up inspection. Pita Pit had 3 violations, all minor. Tobo Japanese had only 2 minor violations.
Closer to West Boca, we see only one place in Parkland on the list. Yogurt Craze on 441 had only one minor violation.
North of Boca we didn’t see any restaurants in Delray Beach that we recognize. The worst number was “Florida Meals, Inc.” on Linton with 14 violations including 3 high priority and a warning. Nearby Poppies had 9 violations with 3 high priority, a warning and a stop sale:
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit……..chicken, gravy, tomato sauce, dill sauce , beans, fat, holandale sauce 49° to 51° in 3 door reach in cooler by the walk in cooler . Canadian bacon, ham, cheeses, 51° in daily back up reach in cooler cross from conventional oven in way to kitchen. Food being held more than 4 hours . Stop sale issue. Butter, cream cheese 61° no under control temperature in bar counter . Operator discarded food. Butter cream cheese, 45° in flip top reach in cooler in server station and tuna salad, chicken salad, egg sala, pasta, 45° to 46° in daily display cooler in front line. Operator stated door was not closed perfectly . Advised closed door all the time. Corrective action taken. **Warning**
Raw animal food stored over cooked food…….raw shell eggs above hot dog in reach in cooler in cook line . **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse……see stop sale report. **Warning**
Excell on Congress had a poor inspection with 9 violations including 5 high-priority:
Chlorine sanitizer not at proper strength for manual warewashing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. ………200+. **Corrected On-Site**
0Clams/mussels/oysters cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. …..beef, turkey , ox tail, beans, goat , rice 51° to 54° in 2 door reach in cooler in kitchen. Food being held more than 4 hours. Stop sale issue.
Equipment and utensils rinsed after the application of the sanitizer solution. **Corrected On-Site**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…….beef, turkey, rice, ox tail,beans 51° to 54°,meat vegetable 45° in 2 door reach in cooler in kitchen . Stop sale issue. **Repeat Violation**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…..see stop sale report. **Admin Complaint** **Repeat Violation**
The best result in Delray Beach was the Subway on Congress south of Atlantic, which had only one minor violation. Hunan Garden on Linton had a perfect zero violations, but it was a callback inspection which means they had a problem on their previous inspection that required a follow-up.
Our spreadsheet for this report is below.
East Boca’s Ninja Spinning Sushi got hit with one of the worst set of inspections we’ve seen since we started doing our inspection reports. It started on August 29th with a whopping 36 violations including 10 considered “high priority” including “mold-like growth” on egg noodles and a stop-sale from food subjected to “temperature abuse.”
Here are the high priority ones:
Employee washed hands with gloves on. **Corrected On-Site**
Food with mold-like growth. See stop sale. Egg noodles.
No sanitizer of any kind available for warewashing. Only use single-service items to serve food to customers until sanitizer is available for warewashing.
Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage – direct contact with food. Sanitizer bucket used to store edamame.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. (Reach in cooler- on cook line) pasta 46° tofu 46° cooked chicken 46° raw chicken 48° batter 54° dumplings 54° egg rolls 47° soybean paste 45° raw shrimp 58° soft shell crab 50° eggs 63°
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Rice 79°, 87° and tempura batter 83°.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw beef over chicken stock in WIC. Raw chicken over onions in WIC. Eggs over avocados in WIC.
Raw animal foods not properly separated from each other in holding unit. Raw beef and chicken in same bus tub-walk in cooler.
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb. Outside mop sink.
An inspector came back the next day and still found 16 violations, though only one was still high priority. About five days later the inspector came back again and they had gotten it down to two minor violations.
This inspection was based on a complaint. Back in April their last routine inspection resulted in 20 violations, though only 2 were considered high priority.
Nearby a new Japanese restaurant – Yoko-San – had its licensing inspection and it was a rough start. The inspector reported a total of 28 violations including 5 rated high priority involving a dishmachine, food temperatures and food storage.
On the bright side the inspector came back five days later and found zero violations.
Also in East Boca, HotDog-Opolis was hit with 11 total violations including some troubling ones:
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…….turkey, hot dog, cheese burger 52°, cut tomato 49° in flip top reach in cooler in grill station. Food being held more than 4 hours. Stop sale issue. Salsa, kimchi 58° in flip top cooler in sandwich station cross from EMBER GLO. food being held less than 4 hours. Food moved to another acceptable cooler. Corrective action taken. **Repeat Violation**
Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation. Soup date marked was 8/20/14. Operator discarded it. **Corrected On-Site**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…..turkey, burger, cheese, hot dog, tomato, cheese.
We’re a little bummed by that one. We wanted to try the place and this might stop us. A follow-up inspection will be required but it hasn’t happened yet.
The somewhat similar House of Dog on Powerline had 7 mostly minor violations, though they did get a warning over not having proper paperwork.
The best inspections in this report go to Tutti Frutti in Shadowood and the Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club. They had a perfect zero violations on a routine inspection.
Some other West Boca places did well. In Boca Grove on Powerline, Bonefish Grill had only 2 minor violations. Domino’s Pizza in the same plaza had only 1 violation. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Palmetto near Powerline also had only one violation.
Off Kimberly between 441 and Lyons, Mama’s Pizza & Pasta had only 3 minor violations. We’re not sure what “Hollywood at the Hamptons” is, but they also had only 3 violations.
Some other notables to report:
Davinci’s at Town Center had only 4 violations. La Ferme in Yamato Village Center passed their licensing inspection, also with only 4 violations.
Maggiano’s on St. Andrews had five minor violations.
Brickyard on Palmetto near Powerline had six minor violations. We’ve been meaning to try that place.
El Jefe Luchador in Town Center had 7 violations with 4 as “high priority.” Tempura House on Clint Moore had a much-improved 7 mostly minor violations. Palm Beach Bagel in the same plaza had 11 violations with 3 high priority.
China Spring on 441 near Sandalfoot had 8 mostly minor violations.
J. Alexander near Whole Foods also had 8 violations, with two marked “High Priority.” Packy’s in Loggers’ Run, Padrino’s in Mission Bay, and Restaurante Brasil in Sandalfoot Square also had eight each, with two high priority.
China House on Kimberly had 9 violations, all minor.
Toojay’s in the Polo Club Shoppes had 9 violations with 2 high priority. D D Flats in that plaza had 17 violations with 4 high priority, but did not require a follow-up inspection.
Here is the data, in Excel and as a PDF:
Seven Boca restaurants received warnings in late July and early August from inspectors. Despite receiving formal warnings requiring follow-up inspections, their overall numbers weren’t that bad compared to some other restaurants we’ll discuss below. This report covers inspections up to August 8th.
The worst of the warnings was Stir Crazy in Town Center, with 8 violations including rodent activity. The rodent problem was cleared the next day but they still had 4 minor violations on the follow-up inspection.
West of the Turnpike, Sybarite Pig had only 3 violations which is a pretty low number. One was related to hand washing and another a fairly minor deviation in food temperatures. It looks like the warning was for the third violation, lack of proof of employee training and that will mean a follow-up inspection.
Bruce’s of Great Neck had zero “high priority” violations and five minor ones, but also was missing proof of employee training.
Four other places east of the Turnpike showed up on the warning list. Abe & Louie’s on Glades had three “high priority” violations including food temperature issues. That led to a follow-up inspection the next day which was perfect.
Nick’s New Haven Pizzeria had 8 violations including food storage and food temperature, and also a problem with proof of employee training.
Le Rivage received a couple of warnings related to documentation on smoked salmon and “not maintaining mussel for 90 days,” along with a chlorine sanitizer problem.
The last warning was for the Subway on Palmetto Circle South, and again it appears to be for employee training documentation.
Outside of the warnings, the worst inspection in this report goes to City Fish Market near the Turnpike with 21 total violations including 5 ranked “high priority.” Those five were:
3 Live flies in the front bar.
Dishwasher handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands.
Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food.
Food container stored in lettuce draw used for customer consumption. **Corrected On-Site**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Olive with blue cheese at 66°. Corrective action taken and olive we’re put on ice and by the end of inspection olives with the blue cheese was at 41° **Corrected On-Site**
Others with big numbers include Taverna Kyma in East Boca with 17 violations including 5 high priority (17/5); Regency Japango (near Yamato and Jog with 13/2); It’s All Greek (13/2) and Shorty’s Bar-B-Q (13/5) in The Reserve at Clint Moore and 441; and Rocco’s Taco’s (12/1) near Town Center. Jimmy the Greek Taverna on Glades near Boca Rio had 11 violations but all were minor. Apparently the inspectors were after the Greeks this month. Shorty’s also had a poor inspection in late March.
On the bright side, six restaurants had perfect non-callback inspections. Vinny’s All Day Cafe in Regency Court along with the Dunkin Donuts in the same plaza, and four other fast food joints – McDonald’s on Palmetto Park near Powerline, Subway and Burger King on Glades just west of Boca Rio, and Domino’s in Mission Bay Plaza.
Confession: We’ve been in Mission Bay Plaza hundreds of times and never noticed a Domino’s Pizza.
Other West Boca notables in the inspections include: Regency Court (Jog & Yamato)
Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ – 10/2 Meatball Room – 5/0 Yamato & 441 Puccini’s Pizzeria – 10/2
Gary Woo Express – 5/1 Mission Bay
TGI Friday’s – 7/3
IHOP – 3/0 Shadowood
Einstein Brothers Bagels – 9/1
Boston Market – 4/1 Boca Village Square
Juice and Java – 5/0
Duffy’s Sports Grill – 5/2 Davito’s in Boca Greens, with a fairly low 5 violations including 1 high priority
Miller’s Boca Ale House on Glades west of Lyons – 8/0
Bagelworks (near Boca Rio) – 7/0
Olive Garden (Powerline south of Palmetto Park) – 4/1
Sal’s Italian (near Olive Garden) – 3/0 Steven’s Pizzeria (West Boca Square) – 8/0
— Note that the name has changed to Lenny’s Kosher Pizza. We’re not sure if the inspection is for the old place or the new one.
Pizza Chef Bistro (441 near the county line) – 6/2
Also, there were several inspections in the plazas just east of Town Center:
Hooters – 3/1
Toojays – 6/0
Gyroville – 4/1
Shane’s Rib Shack – 3/3
Corner Bakery Cafe – 3/1
Five Guys – 1/1
The new Sicilian Oven near Boca Town Center leads off our restaurant inspections with a perfect zero violations in their licensing inspection. Their website also indicates they’re now hiring for the Boca location, and they should be opening soon.
Also appearing with perfect inspections are Piattini (following a poor showing in our last report), Trattoria Romana on East Palmetto Park Road, Bocaire Country Club (one day after having 3 violations that required a callback), Oriental Express on West Camino Real, the new El Jefe Luchador in Town Center, Burger King on Palmetto near Powerline, and Holloway’s Pub at SW 18th and Powerline.
Near-misses with only one violation include Marti’s Deli, Chipotle and Sushi Yan on Federal Highway, Below Zeero on NW 2nd Ave, and Subperb Subs on NW 20th. Night Owl Bar and Grill near Subperb had three minor violations.
The biggest number in our report was for the China Ming restaurant in Boca Greens, with 15 violations including 3 rated high priority. Stella’s Pizza in the same plaza did better only three violations.
On SW 18th Street, Bagel City South had 12 violations with 3 rated high. Outback Steakhouse had 6 total with 1 high, and Marble Slab Creamery had 4 violations with 2 high.
In and near Town Center, Petrossian had 11 violations with 3 of them serious, and 40 Carrots had 10 violations, also with 3 serious. Capital Grille did better with 3 violations and 2 rated high priority. Both Petrossian and 40 Carrots had stop sales for food temperature abuse and a follow-up will be required.
Others with relatively high numbers were Rotelli’s on Yamato with 8/4 (8 total violations, 4 high priority), Lindburgers in Westwinds of Boca with 8/3, and the Hilton Garden Inn (Congress) with 9/4. Please note that we were unable to verify the Rotelli’s inspection in the official records.
On Federal Highway Planet Juice had 8/2. Fran’s Chicken Haven did better with 5 minor violations and Panera had only 2 minor violations.
On Palmetto Park near I-95, Red’s Backwoods BBQ had 5 minor violations, while Paolo’s Pizza & Pasta had 5 total including 2 high priority.
In the southwest corner, Pizza Hut on 441 near SW 18th had 2 minor violations. The Colombian El Balcon de las Americas at Sandalfoot & 441 had 6/1.
In Mission Bay Jon Smith Subs had 2 minor violations and Tijuana Flats had 3 minor violations.
In Somerset Shoppes, Rancheritos de Boca had 7/2. We like the place enough that we’ll keep going there. The high priority violations were corrected on site.
There were a few others. Cannoli Kitchen on Powerline had 8/1; Chili’s on St. Andrews had 3/1, and Checkers on NE 51st St also had 3/1.
Eighteen restaurants in West Boca and East Boca were inspected in the past several days. Overall it was relatively good. The worst report, by number of violations, was Piattini in Royal Palm Place. It’s not as bad as it sounds, but they had 34 total violations with 7 listed as “high priority.” Here’s the worst of it:
East Boca also had a perfect inspection for The Wick Costume Museum and Theater. They had a licensing inspection for what we’re guessing is a snack bar or cafe, and they had zero violations.
The only other perfect inspection in this report goes to the Burger King in West Boca Square (the Target plaza on 441). They also had zero violations.
In that same plaza Long Island Bagel and Deli had a fairly low 4 violations with one listed as high priority – one we see frequently where an employee puts on gloves without washing their hands first.
The 2nd worst in this report goes to Lifetime Fitness on Yamato near Broken Sound. They were inspected on a complaint and were found to have 24 violations including four “high priority” ones.
Further west on Yamato, the TooJay’s in Regency Plaza (just west of Jog) had six minor violations.
The Wendy’s on Glades in Boca Lyons Plaza had only one minor violation. Cheesecake Factory at Town Center had seven minor violations.
Just east of the Turnpike, Shin Ju Buffet improved to 6 violations with one rated “high priority.” Most violations were corrected on site during the inspection. They did much worse early this year.
A couple places on SW 18th close to Military Trail were inspected. Orient House Express had seven violations with one serious – not properly sanitizing utensils. Grande Pizza Subs & Wings did better with four minor violations.
Several restaurants near Palmetto and Powerline were inspected. On the south side of Palmetto, Chipotle had the lack of hand washing before putting gloves on as their only serious violation, along with two minor ones. Garbanzo Meditteranean Grill had six mostly minor violations and the worst involved paperwork, requiring a follow-up.
On the north side at Beracasa Way, Sweet Tomatoes had only two violations though one was high priority for three flies in the prep area. Boston Market had 3 violations with the only serious one being: “High Priority – Spray hose at dish sink lower than flood rim of sink. **Corrected On-Site**”
The Muse on Beracase had 10 violations but all were minor. Nino’s Restaurant & Pizza had 8 violations. The only “serious” one was: “High Priority – Food stored in ice used for drinks. See stop sale. Lemons stored in metal container in drink ice. Ice discarded.” That one seems odd to us. Yogurt Rendezvous had two violations with the worst being: “High Priority – Displayed food not properly protected from contamination. No overhead protection for ice cream cones”
It’s possible the inspector on Beracasa was a bit picky.