Restaurant Inspection Report: Not Terrible

TooJays, Hashi Sushi Thai, Utopia Bagels and Oba Oba
TooJays, Hashi Sushi Thai, Utopia Bagels and Oba Oba

It wasn’t a terrible week for inspections in and around West Boca. The worst in total number was Utopia Bagel (Boca Lyons Plaza) with 15 total violations, including 5 marked high priority.

  • 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. – fresh vegetables being sliced for immediate service using bare hands. **Warning**
  • Employee washed hands with no soap. – after handling cash at point of sale employee placed fingertips under handsink water for “less than 1 second” then dried on a soiled terry cloth towel. **Warning**
  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. – wood topped prep tabled have accumulation of soil / debris. **Warning**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. – REACH IN COOLER – (Front Display Cooler) deli ham 48° deli turkey 51° cream cheese salmon smear 48° potato salad 63° cole claw 54° AMBIENT TEMPERATURE 39° **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose Bibbs or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. – at rear exterior mop sink. **Warning**

They’ve had good inspections in the past, and this one is not terrible compared to many we’ve seen. One off inspection like this would not deter us from eating there.
Just behind in number was the TooJay’s in Regency Court (aka Woodfield Plaza), with 14 violations including 5 high priority and a “stop sale” order:

  • Employee failed to wash hands beforechanging gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.
  • Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. – FRONT COUNTER (Display Case) shrimp salad 46° potato salad 46° Hummas 47° AMBIENT TEMPERATURE 46° (Display Case 2) salmon 53° tongue 52° corned beef 51° beef risked 52° tongue 52° roast beef 50° potato pancakes 52° Knishes 53°
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
  • Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. – at mop sinks

TooJay’s had a follow-up inspection the same day with only one minor violation. Their previous inspections have also been pretty good.
Hashi Sushi Thai (Shadowood) had 10 total violations, but only one was high priority – the vacuum breaker. This is actually much better than the 24 violations they had in September, and the 8 high priority violations in March.
Oba Brazilian (SW 18th near Powerline) had 7 violations with only one high priority. The report shows a few outstanding problems that have not been fixed despite previous reports requiring fixes, including the vacuum breaker and issues with the outdoor garbage area.
On the positive side, some of the restaurants and cafes inside the Polo Club community were inspected and did well, including their Bistro with a perfect inspection.
We also see a licensing inspection for a new “Crepe Cafe” in Royal Palm Place in East Boca. They had only one minor violation.
Fresh Bites Cafe in Mission Bay (next to Padrino’s) had a pretty good inspection with 5 violations (1 high priority). Zinger’s on Beracasa had 3 violations with 2 high priority.
As usual our spreadsheet for the week is below:
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