Dirty Inspection at Muddy Waters? Near Boca Inspection Report

November was not a good month for the Muddy Waters Restaurant as far as inspections go. The inspector found a total of 30 violations including 6 marked “high priority”:

  • 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. Cook working with raw chicken and moving to other food glove change no hand wash.
  • Live flies in kitchen.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded.
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled.
  • Cook touch garbage by dish machine the continues to prep food no glove change.
  • Wiping cloth sanitizing solution bucket stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food.

Muddy Waters is on Hillsboro, just west of Military Trail, in Deerfield Beach. Second worst in this month’s “Near Boca” report goes to Gordo’s Grill on Sample Road in Margate.
No restaurant had what we consider a perfect inspection (callback inspections don’t count).
The best in this report goes to the new Char Hut burger place on Sample in Coral Springs with just one minor violation in their licensing inspection. Others with good numbers include the popular Colombian restaurant Medellin near the northwest corner of 441 and Wiles Road (2 minor violations); the Panera on 441 near the southeast corner of the same intersection (3 minor violations); and a new place, The Grille at the Bridges, which appears to be for residents of that development and their guests (3 violations including 1 “high priority”). As if you didn’t already want to live there:

The Grille at The Bridges will offer amazing cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at The Club, poolside and coming soon — home delivery.

Other notables near Boca in November include:

  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers – Coconut Creek (18 violations including 2 high priority and a warning)
  • Bru’s Room – Coconut Creek (15 violations / 3 high priority)
  • Santo’s Buffet – Coconut Creek (14 / 2)
  • Big Bite Bagel & Deli (new) – Coconut Creek (14 / 1)
  • La Bamba Mexican – Delray Beach (13 / 2)
  • NYY Steak in Seminole Casino – Coconut Creek (12/2)
  • Blue Agave – Parkland (9/2 with a paperwork warning)

As usual, our full spreadsheet for this report is below.
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City Boys Pizza Starts Off Perfect: West Boca Inspection Report

Readers tell us the former Tony Dell’s on Sandalfoot Blvd. has reopened as City Boys Pizza. The name choice might be an homage to the popular Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood. We’re hearing good things about the place, and not just from readers.
Their licensing inspection on November 3rd was perfect – zero violations. That’s a good start.
Two other West Boca places had perfect inspections: The new Apura Juicery and Coffee House on Powerline south of Palmetto had zero violations in their licensing inspection on November 5th. And Monkey Joe’s in Logger’s Run was also perfect.
An honorable mention goes to one of the places inside St. Andrews Country Club, Lakeside, with only two minor violations.
Giovanni’s Pizza on Powerline had only three violations, though one was marked “high priority.”
It also looks like we’re getting another new Mexican restaurant – Casa Tequila is apparently filling the space left by Campagnolo on the south side of Glades just west of Boca Rio. Their licensing inspection on the 6th had only 4 minor violations.
The worst of this inspection report was La Luna in Polo Club. They had 13 violations including 2 marked high priority, though they don’t look that bad to us.

  • Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment. Owner discarded. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tilapia 44°, chicken 44°, squid 44°, shrimp 45°, salmon 44°, snapper 44°, chef lower temperature dial and moved tines to walk-in

Boca Greens Country Club had seven violations, and “Sushi U” in Spanish Isles (below) had 6 violations including a stop-sale for not having a time marking on a time-sensitive food item.

Bad Uncle Julio? Restaurant Inspections for East Boca

When we first moved to Boca, Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park was one of our favorite places to go. Over time we found other restaurants that were closer but we still have a positive image of the place. That feeling takes a dent in our latest inspection report for a scary Halloween.
Uncle Julio’s was hit with a total of 26 violations including 6 marked as high priority:

Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site**
Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed employee go From cleaning to prepping without washing hands . Observed employee touch his hat and hair then continue prepping without washing hands first, changed gloves only without washing hands first. Employee handled cellphone and failed to wash hands before returning to prep. **Corrected On-Site**
Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Dicer not going through a sanitization step when warewashing.
Quaternary ammonium sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual warewashing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized, the authorities suggested they took some advice from an industrial cleaning company, they’d been given a firm talk and told to learn more about the regulations. Employee washed and rinsed dicer but failed to sanitize the equipment. No sanitization step observed.
Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. No glove change from cleaning to prepping. **Corrected On-Site**
Small flying insects in bar area. Observed bug retention devices by managers office and front line full of dead insects.

One bad inspection is not enough to stop us from eating at the place. But it is important for restaurants to have high standards when it comes to keeping their place of work clean, especially as there is food involved.

Their previous inspections had far fewer violations though some of the same cleanliness issues seem to be repeating themselves.
Also in Mizner Park, Kapow Noodle Bar had 23 violations with 4 high priority:

Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. **Corrected On-Site**
Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. Hamachi served raw.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sriracha cream 50° F. Corrective action taken- added ice to food level. Bach Choy at 72° F at cookline under no temperature control. Corrective action taken – placed inside cooler.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw burgers over sauces at cookline cooler. **Corrected On-Site**

Their previous inspections were better in total numbers, though as with Uncle Julio’s we see that some of the same issues seem to be repeated. Kapow will face a follow-up inspection though it’s not clear why.
One other East Boca restaurant had over 20 violations – Sushi Masa Japanese at 2200 Glades Road just east of Butts Road. Two of the violations were high priority, and a follow-up inspection is required because of a paperwork issue.

Turning to the good news, the best in this report was Big Joe’s Burgers and Wings on Federal Highway with a perfect inspection. Looking at their past history they have one of the best inspection records we’ve ever seen. Their previous inspection in April had only one violation and the one before that a year ago was another perfect one. We’re going to have to try this place.
The McDonald’s at 2140 N. Federal Highway was the runner-up with only one minor violation.
Good inspections were also reported for Moe’s Southwest Grill at 2200 Glades Road (2 violations); Wendy’s and Jimmy John’s on the 800 block of Yamato (2 each); Chipotle at 2301 Glades (3 minor violations); Cafe Gelato Panini in Town Center Mall (3 minor); and Rocksteady Jamaican Jerk Cafe on Federal Highway (3 violations). The popular Rebel House on Palmetto Park Road had 5 violations but all were minor.
Other notables include two of our favorite Mexican places. Rocco’s Tacos in Town Center Circle had 18 violations with 2 high priority related to hand washing and food temperatures. The food temperatures were only a few degrees off so this one seems a bit picky. Las Fajitas on Dixie Highway had 13 violations including one high priority.
The Grille on Congress and Mario’s Osteria near Whole Foods had 12 violations each. Four of Mario’s violations were high priority related to hand washing, glove use, and food temperatures.
Brewzzi on Glades had 11 violations with two high priority. These also were food temperature issues that were close and look picky on the inspector’s part.
In Mizner Park, Max’s Grill had 6 violations with 4 high priority, including a stop sale for temperature abuse, and a follow-up is required:

Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage – direct contact with food, spray bottle containing oil. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, butter 55°, garlic and oil 54°pasta station. Corrective action taken. Employee time marked and will discard at 4:00 pm. Sautée station reach in cooler drawers dolphin 49°, salmon 50°, crab 51°, pasta 49°, rice 48°, meatballs 48°. Chef stated food in drawers over 4 hours. **Warning**
Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in cooler, raw beef over raw fish and raw chicken over beef in reach in cooler. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. **Warning**

Also in Mizner Park, Truluck’s had 6 violations including a stop sale on the lobster bisque for “temperature abuse.” This also looks a little picky as the target temperature is 41º and the measured temperature was “42º-47º.”
There’s more in our spreadsheet, below. Readers can look up any restaurant on the Florida restaurant inspections page.
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26 Violations for West Boca Pizza Joint

This is our restaurant inspection report for West Boca (generally west of Military Trail). You can also see our most recent reports for East Boca and Near Boca, as well as our previous West Boca inspection report.
There have been some changes at the Mama’s NYC Pizza in Loggers’ Run Plaza. We had heard there was an ownership change and that’s reflected in a state corporate Sunbiz filing (tiff file) from July. We’ve also heard from readers that the quality changed, though some told us it was better and others said it had gotten worse.
Apparently the restaurant inspector thinks it’s gotten worse. Mama’s NYC was hit with 26 total violations in their October 1 inspection. On the bright side only two of the violations were marked “high priority,” and those aren’t the worst we’ve seen.

Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food.
Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Veal 52°-56°, raw chicken 53°, chicken wings 52°, egg plant 55° corrective action taken wa[s] to put all items in walk-in cooler

The other violations were minor and some involved paperwork. By comparison the inspection in January under the previous owner had only nine minor violations.
The runner-up for worst inspection was Hong Kong Palace, on Powerline south of Palmetto Park Road (the plaza behind Olive Garden). They had 22 violations including three high priority related to food storage and temperatures.
For the good news portion of this report, twelve places had perfect inspections and three were near-perfect with only one minor violation each. Most notable to us were Bruce’s of Great Neck on the west side of 441; Sybarite Pig in Shadowood Square; and the Sandalfoot Bagel restaurant (1 minor violation).
Perfect Inspections:
Sybarite Pig
Zoey’s Hot Dog (cart and truck)
Brendy’s (Polo Club)
Aunt Adele Empanada’s (new food truck)
Subway (inside the YMCA)
The Oaks Bistro (clubhouse for The Oaks)
Boca Pointe Country Club
And three places inside Woodfield Country Club
Sandalfoot Bagel
Coconut Cove Waterpark
and the Shadowood 16 Theaters
The Subway in Loggers’ Run Plaza did well with only three minor violations (we actually got sandwiches there yesterday). Brendy’s on Clint Moore at Jog had 3 violations with one marked high priority, though it doesn’t seem that bad to us:

Displayed food not properly protected from contamination no overhead protection from uncovered and not inverted ice cream cones.

Mozart Cafe at the west end of Camino Real had 11 violations but all were minor.
In the Polo Club Shoppes, Kagura Sushi had 8 violations with 2 high priority related to food temperatures, and Josef’s Table had 12 violations with 3 high priority related to hand washing and food storage.

Restaurant Inspections for September: West Boca

We’ve decided to break down our restaurant inspection reports into east and west. This report is for West Boca, meaning generally west of Military Trail or zip codes 33428, 33498, 33496, 33434 and 33433.
The winners in this report, with zero violations on routine inspections, were:
Sushi Yoshee, one of our favorite places, which serves both Japanese and Korean food. It’s particularly impressive to have zero violations for a full service restaurant with such a broad menu.
Boca Kosher Bagel, in Boca Grove.
The records also show a perfect licensing inspection for what may be a new restaurant, Century Grill at 9060 Kimberly (near Lyons).
Chuck E Cheese in West Boca Square and McDonald’s in Sandalfoot both also had perfect inspections, though Chuck E Cheese had two inspection on the same day, presumably for different parts of the same place. The second inspection had only two minor violations.
Honorable mentions go to Aladdin’s Eatery in Boca Village Square and to Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ in Regency Court, each with only two minor violations.
On the dark side, Hunan City in Yamato Village Center had 20 violations. Most were minor, but three were rated more serious having to do with food storage and temperatures – a real insight into how important commercial freezer repair is, to maintain equipment to the correct level.
Ben’s Deli was second worst with 16 violations including 4 marked as serious, involving food temperatures and hand washing. Getting a professional thermometer can really help to solve this issue; it’s a simple, affordable solution to a big problem. This follows on a better, but still less than stellar inspection in May, also involving food temperatures.
Others in the results include:
Boon’s in Boca Greens with 13 violations; Villa Rosano in the Reserve with 12; Brendy’s in Yamato Village Center with 11; Orchid Garden near Century Village and Renzo’s Cafe Pizzeria on Clint Moore near Military Trail, each with 10.
Casa L’Italien in Yamato Village Center, Original Pancake House in Somerset Shoppes, and “Boca Rosho Pizza” in West Boca Square all had 9 violations. The latter two each had warnings. We’re not familiar with Boca Rosho but think it might be the business name for Lenny’s Kosher Pizza – we could be wrong though. Their warning included a “stop sale” related to food temperatures. OPH had issues with food temperature, storage and hand washing, and. They need a follow-up, which looks like a paperwork thing.
City Fish Market had 8 violations, all minor. Zinger’s Delicatessen also had 8, including 3 marked high priority involving food temperatures and storage.
Our spreadsheet, with all the restaurants in the past few weeks for West Boca, is below:
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You can read up on most restaurant inspections on Florida’s official web page for restaurant inspections.
For other recent inspection reports see:
Ninja Nightmare (early September)
7 Restaurants Get Warnings (August)
July Inspections
June Inspections