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.