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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Bare Hands Sushi at Yakitori: Restaurant Inspections

Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place off Mizner Blvd; image by Google.

Yakitori Sake House had the most “high priority” violations in our latest restaurant inspection report, though other restaurants had more total violations.
Their seven sins included:

  • Drinks stored in ice used for drinks.
  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. 2 out of three sushi chefs preparing sushi with bare hands. Reviewed when to wear gloves , both washed hands and put gloves on. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tuna 45°F, salmon 46°F, at sushi bar left display cooler. Sushi chef stated for less than one hour had busy lunch and left display door open. He placed ice on the fish to help keep it cold. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) sushi rice identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking . Cook stated rice was less than 2 hours out of temperature and placed a time mark on rice. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw chicken not properly separated from Beef based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Chicken and beef were loosely wrapped and stored inside same container.See stop sale
  • Stop Sale issued due to Beef not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Chicken wrapped loosely inside a plastic bag stored in the same container as loosely bagged beef.
  • Sushi Chef failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food. Reviewed handwashing procedure with sushi chef he went to wash hands. **Corrected On-Site**

You can read the full details in the state inspection report. They had a total of 12 violations.
Kiki’s Asian Bistro, also in East Boca, had 6 high priority violations, with 16 total. A few of the worst involved food temperatures.
Tobu Teriyaki Grill inside Town Center had 5 high priority, 12 total with two “stop sale” orders.

  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Dirty container with raw chicken debris on the outside and chicken inside stored inside a container of beef, at cook line.Stop sale for the beef.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Raw chicken thawing over night (11+ hours) on prep table in kitchen, 55°F-59°F.

Further west, Tempura House on Clint Moore had 16 violations, 4 of them high priority. There were several temperature issues along with insufficient hand washing and this disturbing bit:

Dishmachine drain board used as food prep station to peel shrimp without first sanitizing drain board.

Nino’s on Beracasa had the biggest number with 19 total violations, though only 3 were high priority.
Other notables with not great inspections include Bluefin Express on Yamato with 7 violations, 4 high priority, and Terra Fiamma in Delray Marketplace (11, 3) with a stop sale on 20 pounds of marinara sauce that was nor properly cooled.
On the good and/or interesting news side of things, we noticed a perfect licensing inspection for “Sinbad Mediterranean Food and Hookah” on Lyons at Kimberly in the location that used to be China House restaurant. We’re not sure if this indicates cultural or demographic changes in Century Village.
Outback Steakhouse on SW 18th wins this report with a perfect routine inspection – zero violations.
Near perfect inspections were recorded by Chipotle in Westwinds (Glades & 441) and City Boys Pizza (Sandalfoot), each with one minor violation.


Other good inspections:

  • Chick-Fil-A in Town Center (2, 0)
  • Bruce’s in Boca Greens (2, 0)
  • My Delicious Deli at Palmetto and Powerline (2, 0)
  • Boston Market and also 40 Carrots in Town Center (2, 0 each)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:
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Restaurant Inspection Report

The worst of our latest inspection report goes to two restaurants on Wiles Road in Coral Springs. Country Kitchen had 20 violations, with a whopping 12 of them marked as high priority. There were a variety of issues including hand washing, food storage and food temperatures, and a stop sale on a few items. Click the following to see it: Inspection.

Country Kitchen in Coral Springs; image by Google.

China Spring III at 8100 Wiles had 17 violations, 9 of them high priority.
The worst of West Boca was the new Ditmas, a kosher restaurant in the Boca Grove plaza on Powerline. They had 14 violations, 6 high priority:

  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. slicing / dicing vegetables in kitchen immediately after using cell phone without hand-washing.
  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. – slicing / dicing vegetables in kitchen immediately after using cell phone without hand-washing.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. REACH IN COOLER (Cook Line Cold Table) – quina 53° pickles 52° poco 53(AMBIENT TEMPERATURE 57°) – cooler and food iced down. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. – in walk in cooler, raw she’ll eggs directly above red sauce.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. – on splitter on mop sink

Long Island Bagel in West Boca Square (the Target plaza) had 23 violations but only 3 were marked high priority.
Maggiano’s near Town Center had 10 violations, 3 high priority.
On the good news side of things, Anthony’s Pizza in Boca Grove and Stella’s Pizza in Boca Greens each had just one minor violation.

Our spreadsheet is below:
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Restaurant Inspections: A Rough Month

Several local restaurants had more than 20 violations in the past month, with East Boca’s Jamison’s Pizza topping the list at 30 (7 high priority). Just behind that with 27 violations, 7 high priority, was Junior’s in Mizner Park.

Junior’s in Mizner Park

Jamison’s biggest problem was a stop sale for “temperature abuse” involving not keeping “potentially hazardous” foods cold enough. This is similar to a violation inspectors reported six months ago.
Junior’s also had temperature issues:

Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.Flip top fry cooler-Liquid eggs (50°F – Cold Holding); Flip top fry cooler-diced cooked ham (47°F – Cold Holding); Flip top fry cooler-cooked onions (47°F – Cold Holding); Flip top fry cooler-sliced deli turkey (50°F – Cold Holding). All products prepped at 9:30. Cold holding temperatures were at 11:30. Moved all products to walk in freezer. All temperatures were under 41°F at 12:30.
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. Cooked Corn Beef temperature range from 47°-57°, Cooked Brisket temperature range from 47°-54°F and Cooked Pastrami ranged from 47°-55°F all cooling overnight in the walk in cooler.

Others with 20 or more violations include:

  • Lemongrass at Mizner Park (25 violations, 6 high priority)
  • Palm Beach Bagel on Yamato (23, 7)
  • Kasi on Yamato (22, 3)
  • Sal’s Italian – Yamato at Congress (21, 10)
  • Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill – Yamato at Congress (20, 3)
  • Boca Indian Grill in Mission Bay (20, 4)
  • Odyssey Diner, Jog Road, Delray (20, 4)

On the good news side of things, KFC on Federal Highway and Tropical Smoothie on Sample in Coral Springs both recorded perfect inspections.
Near perfect inspections were recorded by several restaurants, each with 1 minor violation, including: Moon’s Tavern in Boca Greens, Juice & Java on St. Andrews, Villa Rosano on Clint Moore, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Mizner Park.

Pho Boca should open soon.

We also noticed a licensing inspection for Pho Boca in mid-February. It’s on Glades west of Lyons between Stallone’s and Bamboo Wok. For a licensing inspection it was not very good, with 12 violations including 1 high priority. We don’t think they’re open yet and hopefully they’ll get it all straightened out soon. Pho is a classic Vietnamese dish and we can’t wait to try the place.
Ouzo Bay in Mizner Park had a licensing inspection in mid-February, with 5 violations, 1 high priority. We don’t think they’re open yet either but they seem to be close.
For Japanese fans, there was a licensing inspection (4, 1) for Ramen Lab Eatery on NE 2nd in East Boca. Another one we can’t wait to try.
Looks like a new Kosher place on Sandalfoot called Chef 2 Go / Gersh (3, 0)
Other notables were:

  • Hurricane Grill in Mission Bay (18 violations, 3 high priority)
  • Sushi Yoshee on 441 near SW 18th (18, 2)
  • Bluefin Sushi in Parkland (17, 3)
  • Sushi Masa on Glades near Town Center (17, 2)
  • Shanghai City Chinese on Glades near the Turnpike (17, 2)
  • Farmers Table Express on Military Trail (16, 8)
  • Millers Ale House on Yamato (12, 4)
  • First Watch on St. Andrews (12, 3)
  • Hunan City on Yamato at Lakeridge (8, 0)
  • Stella’s Pizza in Boca Greens (6, 1)
  • Rancheritos de Boca on Lyons just north of Glades (5, 0)
  • Duffy’s on St. Andrews (5, 1)
  • Smokey Bones on 441 (5, 3)
  • Davito’s in Boca Greens (5, 0)
  • It’s All Greek on Clint Moore (4, 0)
  • Nikuya (aka Kosha) in Loggers’ Run inspected twice, both (3, 1)
  • Jersey Mike’s, Palmetto near Powerline (3, 0)
  • Teriyaki Madness in Mission Bay (3, 2)
  • La Granja Town Center (3, 0)
  • Panera in Mission Bay (3, 1)
  • Kapow Noodle Bar in Mizner Park (3, 1)
  • Einstein Bagels in Shadowood (3, 0)
  • Chipotle in Westwinds, Glades and 441 (3, 1)
  • Rise Asian Sushi on SW 18th (3, 2)
  • IHOP, Glades at 441 (3, 2)
  • Pei Wei in Westwinds, Glades at 441 (2, 1)
  • Ciluffo’s and Jaspers, both on SW 18th, both (2, 1)
  • Chipotle on Palmetto near Powerline (2, 0)

As usual our spreadsheet is below:
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Inspections: The Good, the Bad, and the Hashi


There were some very good and some not so good inspections in the past few weeks. We posted on Facebook about the temporary closure of PF Chang’s a couple weeks ago. That was one of the worst inspections in this report with 22 violations including 8 high priority and live roaches.
The most notable in West Boca was Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood, which had 24 mostly minor violations. Although it’s a big number, there was nothing terrible in the report and they did not even receive a warning. This is not the first bad inspection for Hashi, which did worse last year.
Schwartz’s Deli & Grill on Lyons in Coconut Creek had the worst numbers in this report, with 26 violations including 9 high priority and a stop sale:

  • Dishmachine not sanitizing properly. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Cook
  • Food stored in ice used for drinks. See stop sale. Found in ice machine.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Throughout establishment.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sour cream 49°F in server station cooler. See stop sale.
  • 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 meat over mozzarella sticks in Midea unit in cook line. Employee correct **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Open case Raw chicken over French fries.
  • Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. Degreaser and detergent on top shelf of cleaned food pan.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Sour cream 49° in server station cooler.

Punjab Indian and Basilic Vietnamese Grill on Federal Highway also had big numbers. Punjab had 24 violations, 6 of them high priority. Basilic had 21 and 6.
Rounding out the 20+ category was New Golden China on Palmetto near Powerline with 20 violations, 2 high priority.
We also like to talk about the good news and there’s a lot of it. Leading off is Stallone’s on Glades just west of Lyons with a perfect inspection. Stallone’s is our second favorite Italian restaurant after Stella’s. Jersey Mike’s Subs on St. Andrews, Monet Cafe on Palmetto, and Vinny’s All Day Cafe at Yamato and Jog both also had perfect inspections.
Near perfect inspections were recorded by Casa L’Italien (Yamato at Lakeridge), Tijuana Flats on Powerline, Lucille’s (Yamato and Jog), and the Southwinds golf course clubhouse.
Other inspections worth mentioning include:

  • The new Temper Grille at Clint Moore and 441 had 1 violation in its licensing inspection
  • Bolay in Polo Club Shoppes and Moe’s on NW 19th each had 1 violation in their licensing inspections
  • TGI Friday’s in Mission Bay had 2 violations, both high priority
  • Chen’s Yokohama (Boca Lyons Plaza) and El Balcon de las Americas (Sandalfoot) each had 2 minor violations. Chow Thai in Sandalfoot had 2 violations, 1 high priority.
  • Shen’s Peking (Boca Lyons) had 3 violations, 1 high priority. Cannoli Kitchen (Powerline) and Tricky Dicks (Sandalfoot) each had 3 minor violations.
  • Brio at Town Center Circle had 4 violations, 3 of them high priority
  • First Watch (Mission Bay) and Sybarite Pig (Shadowood) each had 5 minor violations.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse (Town Center Circle) had 9 violations, 5 high priority
  • Gary Woo Express (Yamato near 441) had 10 violations (1 high priority)
  • City Fish Market (Glades near the Turnpike) and China Cafe (Loggers Run) each had 11 violations, 2 high priority.
  • Padrino’s (Mission Bay) and Rack’s (Mizner Park) each had 14 violations, 3 high priority
  • Puccini’s Pizzeria on Yamato had 15 violations, 4 high priority

Our spreadsheet for this report is below. You can look up any restaurant on the state website.
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