58 Violations? Restaurant Inspections for Near Boca

Our Near Boca restaurant inspection reports cover parts of Delray Beach Coconut Creek, Parkland and Deerfield Beach, and a few other spots.

Odyssey Diner; Image: Google
Odyssey Diner; Image: Google

Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach was hit by inspectors in February with a whopping 58 violations. Seven of the violations were “high priority” and included a stop-sale on bean soup that was not kept at the proper temperature for over 24 hours.

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 CHLORINE
Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. Cook. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Pancake batter 72°, corned beef hash 68°, egg wash 56°, egg white 69°, butter 72°. Single service bitter 68°. And single service sour cream 69°. Items had been on the cook line for one hour per the cook. Corrective action taken, told operator to ice down items and make an application for using time as a public health control for breakfast items on the cook line.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw unwrapped beef on top of box of ready to eat lasagna in Walk in freezer.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Shell eggs on cooks line held for one hour – temperature at 72°. Corrective action taken – placed back on reach in cooler.
Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. WD40 on shelf in cook line area.
High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Bean soup walk in cooler 46° for more than 24 hours. Corrective action taken – operator immediately threw out.

The diner is across the street from Kings Point, which likely serves as a major source of customers. Their previous inspection in December had 32 violations.
Our regular readers in West Boca and West Delray may be more concerned about the 48 violations found at Japango in Delray Marketplace in early January (yes, we fell a little behind). Eleven of those were high priority, including an unclear stop sale and live small flying insects:

All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream cheese, tuna, surimi and eel at 47-54°f in to sushi bar display case. Corrective action taken, moved inside a cooler.
Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands. **Corrected On-Site**
Live, small flying insects in food preparation area.
Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. No proof of parasite destruction provided for escolar and smoked salmon served at the sushi rice.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Shredded cabbage 79°f, tempura batter 78°f at the prep area, discarded Eel, white fish and roe at 61°f in a flip top reach in cooler, discarded. **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Brown rice at the sushi bar at 87°f, discarded. Sushi rice at 84°f, no time control, operator unable to test the ph with their ph meter. Discarded.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw shrimp over tofu in a reach in cooler. Raw beef and fish over soy sauce in the walk in cooler **Repeat Violation**
Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Poultry over seafood.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. At the cookline. Corrective action taken moved inside a cooler.
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb. Sushi bar hose attached to prep sink faucet

On the bright side they also had an inspection on Monday, March 9th and that had only one minor violation.
Other restaurants in Delray Marketplace had less than stellar inspections including Terra Fiamma, Bella Amici Pizzeria and Cinebowl with 19 violations each. Cinebowl had stop sales on chili and queso, but had a perfect follow-up inspection yesterday. Cabo Flats had 18 violatons while Tap Global Beer had 13. Shula Burger did better with only 10. On the bright side Apeiro had a perfect licensing inspection.
The best routine inspection in this report goes to the Tijuana Flats on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (across from Walmart and near Bru’s Room) with only two violations. Jimmy John’s on 441 in Coconut Creek also did well with three minor violations.
The full list of inspections, from most violations to least, is below in Excel form:
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Apeiro – Coming Soon to Delray Marketplace

apeiro-signWest Boca News had a pleasant lunch yesterday at Burt & Max’s in Delray Marketplace, sitting outside with Charlotte the Wonder Puppy. The location gave us a clear view of something new coming this fall.
The owners of Burt & Max’s (and a few other restaurants) will be opening Apeiro next door. It is our understanding that the new restaurant will serve Mediterranean cuisine – Apeiro is related to the Greek word “Apeiron,” which means infinite. That might explain why the P and E in the name make the infinity symbol.
This opening is a sign that Delray Marketplace is doing well. We’re fans of the Jeff Eats blog, who predicted disaster:

the Delray Marketplace will prove to be an absolute “white elephant” and a financial disaster for most of the tenants that took leases

We thought at the time that Jeff had it wrong. The population in that area is growing with The Bridges, 7 Bridges, and Valencia Cove all going up. It’s a nice plaza. Now if only they’d fix the parking at Delray Marketplace. Adding another dinner restaurant will only make things worse.
Here’s another picture showing the space it will occupy:
We reached out to Burt Rapoport via Twitter and will update this story if we learn more.

Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace

Update: See our newer article – Cabo Flats Jacks Up Prices
Thursday we finally got to the new Cabo Flats in Delray Marketplace. It’s a Mexican restaurant that reminded us of Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park and Rocco’s Tacos near Town Center.
Like those two Cabo has ample and attractive outdoor seating.


The interior is so big it was hard for us to get a good picture, but we took a shot at it.

We went for lunch. There’s no lunch menu and most of the entrees seemed pricey by lunch standards. However there are quesadillas and tacos at lower prices, with individual tacos as low as $3. This again reminded us of Rocco’s Tacos, which has similar taco deals.
We started with a guacamole appetizer. The menu describes it as “made to order” but our server didn’t ask how we wanted it. It came out bland which is how my companion likes it. It did have a good creamy texture.

I was in a cheap mood so I just had two tacos, one chicken and the other beef. They’re $3 each, and were good but not great. The tacos at Tijuana Flats are better, though Cabo has a far nicer atmosphere.
Companion had the Pancho Villa quesadilla, with chicken. It was very good – we both liked it.

Overall we liked it and we will go back. The fajitas are the real test for us and we will try them next time.