Rodent Droppings in Delray Taquería

Taqueria Huetamo in Delray; image by Google
Taqueria Huetamo in Delray; image by Google

It was a mostly good week for inspections, but Taquería Huetamo (Linton and Congress in Delray) was shut down on Friday after an inspection found rodent droppings:

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found …….. approximately 15 some fresh , some old rodent droppings underneath SOBE COOLER in food prep area .One fresh dropping on self under the prep table, approximately 5 old rodent droppings underneath shelvings through out storage area and dish washing area. Approximately 10 fresh and 15 old rodent droppings underneath shelf and floor by the discarded equipment in dishwashing area.

Close up of the restaurant's window sign
Close up of the restaurant’s window sign

The inspection, worst of the week, noted a total of 17 violations including 3 other high priority violations:

  • 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…..putting butter on bread with bare hands . **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….sauce 45° in SOBE reach in cooler , food removed to another acceptable cooler. ….cooked beef 44°, yellow rice 43°/44° in coca cola reach in cooler . Operator stated keep opening door make temperature high, closed the door ……shredded cheese , salsa 48°, cut lettuce 44° in flip top cooler across from grill in kitchen ….red sauce, green sauce in front line flip top cooler , food being held less than an hours , ice down on food.Corrective Action Taken** **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food…..raw beef above cooked chicken in flip top reach in cooler across from grill in kitchen.

The restaurant reopened after a follow-up inspection found five minor violations. Taquería Huetamo has had mixed inspections in the past with some good ones but also a not-so-great one in March of 2015, and another one with over 100 rodent droppings in September of 2014.
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Keep in mind that overall it was a good week. On the good news side of things, the popular Tomasso’s Pizza & Subs on the north side of Palmetto Park Road just east of I-95 had a perfect inspection.

Tomasso's Pizza & Subs; image by Google
Tomasso’s Pizza & Subs; image by Google

Another perfect inspection went to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in the Garden Shops at Boca, on the south side of Palmetto west of Powerline.
Other very good inspections were recorded by Packy’s in Logger’s Run with two violations and Wendy’s in the same plaza with only one minor violation.
In other inspections of note:
Gramercy Bagels on Jog in Delray had 16 violations with 3 high priority.
Morton’s of Chicago at Town Center Circle had 12 violations with 3 high priority.
The new Your Pie in Coral Springs (441 south of Wiles in the Super Target plaza) had 10 violations in their licensing inspection including a stop sale on food that was not kept cold enough. They had a same-day follow-up inspection with only 2 violations.
China Cafe in Loggers Run Plaza had 10 violations.
Asia on the west side of Powerline at Camino Real had 10 violations.
On the west side of 441 near SW 18th (Marina), Sushi Yoshee had 9 violations.
Panera at Town Center Circle (east side of Military Trail) had 5 violations.
Licensing inspections were reported for:
Howard’s Famous Corned Beef & Deli on Federal Highway in East Boca (1 minor violation)
Bonito Company on Hillsboro in Deerfield Beach (1 minor violation)
Our spreadsheet for this week is below:
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Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.